What to Look for in a Network Management System


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Network management systems range from free, open-source tools to the pricey enterprise solutions. They can be extremely powerful, complex and sophisticated. So it's important to choose the right tool for the job. By looking at some of the more obvious features and determining from there how they fit into the scope of your network management plans, you can create a short list of tools. Let us help you.

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What to Look for in a Network Management System

  1. 1. What to Look For in a Network Management SystemWhat to Look For in an NMS 1
  2. 2. Topics1. Features to look for in an NMS2. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor3. Discovery & Mapping4. Fault, Availability & Performance Monitoring5. Customizable Web Interface6. Alerting & Reporting7. Scalability and Extensibility8. Thwack On-Line User Community9. Awards and Resources10. What IT Pros are Saying about SolarWinds® What to Look For in an NMS 2
  3. 3. Features to Look For in an NMS » Discovery & Mapping  Automated discovery of existing and new devices  Customizable layer 2 & layer 3 network maps  Nested network maps to provide drill-down capabilities » User Interface  Simple-to-use dashboards & graphical interface.  Customizable  Role-based access control  Web based interfaceChoosing the Right NMS 3
  4. 4. Features to Look For in an NMS » Intelligent Alerting  Device Dependencies – to set parent-child relationship between groups and devices for easier monitoring  Correlated Events – to understand the relation between network alerts and correlate them for deeper root cause analysis  Sustained Conditions – to trigger alerts only when an alert condition is sustained for a specific time period  Multiple Condition Checks – to get alerted only for critical issues based on defined conditions & avoid alert redundancy  Delivery methods such as email, paging, SNMP traps, Syslog Messages, etc…What to Look For in an NMS 4
  5. 5. Features to Look For in an NMS » Reporting  Out-of-the-box to leverage readily available reports  Customizable so you can easily build reports based on your requirement.  Exportable into useable formats. » Multi-Vendor Support  Out-of-the-box support for dozens of hardware vendorsWhat to Look For in an NMS 5
  6. 6. Features to Look For in an NMS » Extensibility  Traffic Monitoring, IP Address Management, Config Management  Applications & Servers, Virtualization » Scalability  Support for thousands of network devices  Geographically distributedWhat to Look For in an NMS 6
  7. 7. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor(NPM)™» SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)  Delivers comprehensive fault and network performance management  Scales with rapid network growth  Expands with your network monitoring needs  Allows you to collect and view availability and real-time and historical statistics directly from your web browser» While monitoring, collecting, and analyzing data from routers, switches, firewalls, servers, and any other SNMP-, ICMP- , or WMI-enabled devices, SolarWinds NPM offers you a simple-to- use, scalable network monitoring solution for IT professionals monitoring networks of all sizes.What to Look For in an NMS 7
  8. 8. Discovery & Mapping » Schedule network scans, automatically discover new devices on your network & begin monitoring them immediately » Ensure that your network devices are imported into the NPM monitoring database, regardless of vendor Automated Device Discovery» Automatically discover and display connections between devices» Create custom nested network maps remotely from your desktop quickly and easily, with drag-&-drop simplicity» View your network logically by floor, building, department, or geographic location and drill into more granular views Layer 2 & 3 Network MapsWhat to Look For in an NMS 8
  9. 9. Fault, Availability & Performance Monitoring Performance Monitoring Availability Monitoring Fault MonitoringWhat to Look For in anNMS 9
  10. 10. Customizable Web Interface» Simplify network troubleshooting with a Web interface that is LUCID™ (Logical, Useable, Customizable, Int eractive, & Drill-down» Manage by exception and focus on highlighted issues that cross predefined thresholds» Customize and view data in graphs, tables, maps, and top 10 lists What to Look For in an NMS 10
  11. 11. Intelligent Alerting & Customizable Reporting» Quickly configure alerts for correlated events, sustained conditions, and complex combinations of device states.» Topology and dependency- based alert suppression enables you to intelligently escalate alerts for issues that are truly critical. Customizable Performance and Availability Reports » Generate network performance reports using out-of-the-box templates that can be customized with a few mouse clicks; automating report creation and distribution. » Shipping with numerous built-in reports, NPM makes it easy to report on performance data over specific time periods or by network segment. Intelligent Network Alerting What to Look For in an NMS 11
  12. 12. Scale Up & Monitor Your Multi-Vendor Devices» Monitors tens of thousands of network devices anywhere on your network.» Monitors performance statistics from any SNMP enabled devices regardless of any vendor.» Seamlessly integrates with other network management modules from SolarWinds for network traffic, configuration, VoIP & WAN performance, IP address management, application monitoring & more. What to Look For in an NMS 12
  13. 13. Built by Network Engineers for Network Engineers» SolarWinds thwack® community is where tens of thousands of IT pros get together, share and contribute ideas and best practices on IT management.» You can post your questions and issues on any IT management area and leverage the knowledge of the global IT community for suggestions and solutions.» Hear from industry-leading experts, follow blogs from MVPs, vExperts & IT admin geeks. » SolarWinds NPM has a thwack integration that allows you to leverage the community value from within the NPM web console. What to Look For in an NMS 13
  14. 14. NPM – Awards & Recognition Awards Customer TestimonialsWhat to Look For in an NMS 14
  15. 15. Helpful ResourcesWe invite you to learn more about SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor SolarWinds NPM Overview Explore the FEATURES of SolarWinds NPM • Network Fault, Availability & Performance Monitoring • Network Device Discovery, Mapping • Alerting, Reporting & Intuitive Dashboards --- Click any of the links above ---What to Look For in an NMS 15
  16. 16. What IT Pros are Saying about SolarWinds® » Ive been using various network management system platforms for about twelve years now and SolarWinds® is far ahead of most in my opinion. The best part is it keeps getting better! » Very impressive tool: I have seen (eval and administered) quite a few monitoring tools (HP® NNM®, Unicenter®, WhatsUp®, SunNet Manager, Fluke® NetWatch, Netcool®, Ciscoworks) and SolarWinds beats them all. » What a great product. The best part about it, is I can tell the users...."its not the network" ...and with proof..."poof" I show them their interfaces or servers to show them what is going on. They can not argue when I show them the graphs. » After evaluating SolarWinds, it only took about two hours to make a unanimous decision! » Good software, excellent customer service!What to Look For in an NMS 16
  17. 17. Thank You!What to Look For in an NMS 17