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SolarWinds Federal User Group - Customer Case Study McTech

  1. 1. SOLARWINDS FEDERAL CASE STUDY PRESENTED BY: MARK MCFADDEN SR. CONSULTANT MCTECH, INC.
  2. 2. • Challenge • An intelligence agency experienced a large and very public data breach • They needed to rapidly deploy and configure a network traffic monitoring solution and have it operational in a matter of days • Solution • McTech quickly evaluated available tools, including HP® Network Node Manager®, Riverbed® Cascade®, Riverbed NPM products (NetCollector (VNE Server)), NetPlanner (SP Guru), and SolarWinds® Network Performance Monitor (NPM) and NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), and recommended the best option to meet agency objectives. • SolarWinds was selected because of its ease-of-use, rapid configurability and deployment, and the solution’s ability to meet scalability to multi-site architecture and multi use requirements between different tiers of support organizations and technology groups • Results • Network Performance Monitor and NetFlow Traffic Analyzer worked together to correlate events and quickly deliver more results than the other vendors • The success of the initiative was noticed by other operating divisions and the SolarWinds solution was quickly adopted across the agency 2 SOLARWINDS FEDERAL CASE STUDY MARYLAND PROCUREMENT OFFICE © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. AND MCTECH, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  3. 3. • Use cases • We use the SolarWinds NPM, NTA and virtualizations feature for SNMP v2/v3 monitoring for tiers 1-3 support groups • Custom reporting to senior management and other internal customers • Send Sflow traffic for flow analysis to NTA • General layer 2 mapping diagrams 3 SOLARWINDS FEDERAL CASE STUDY MARYLAND PROCUREMENT OFFICE © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. AND MCTECH, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  4. 4. • McTech, Inc. is a technology consulting company dedicated to providing the best IT solutions for our clients • Our services benefit customers by providing a cost-effective means of streamlining their operations • Our goal is to make it possible for client to seamlessly embrace new technologies to improve their way of doing business, which in turn allows them to focus on achieving their mission or business objectives • McTech, Inc. is a certified small disadvantage business designee • We are MDOT/DELDOT certified in Maryland (14-059 ) and Delaware (1078) • Cage code is 6F2W4 • DUNS is 15-826-7117 • We hold an active TS cleared facility certification 4 A LITTLE ABOUT MCTECH, INC © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. AND MCTECH, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  5. 5. Questions? 5© 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. AND MCTECH, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  6. 6. The SOLARWINDS and SOLARWINDS & Design marks are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC, and its affiliates, are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and may be registered or pending registration in other countries. All other SolarWinds trademarks, service marks, and logos may be common law marks, registered or pending registration in the United States or in other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be or are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. © 2016 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. AND MCTECH, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Editor's Notes

  • Important to note that maintenance costs, ease of installation, availability to have others review data collected was also key in the bake off. Agency was undergoing security challenges and our group did not own the other products as they were administered by the enterprise team. SolarWinds licenses we had a couple of licenses and could take ownership administratively of product and customize.

    Was able to monitor our network devices, vmware host and vm’s, F5’s, avocents, and netapps via snmp v2 going to v3 very soon, this met one of the security stipulations we had to meet. I was also able to send sflow data from our network devices to NTA. This was beneficial in correlating and seeing metrics on data traversing the network and identifying bottlenecks. The added bonus of the integration of NPM and NTA and virtualization feature was the fact that I had the information in one tool. Also was very easy to have other access in a read only mode so no fear of changes being made for users and management to be able to see status and get metrics if needed. Also a good way for our custom reports to be displayed via the report writer. Also setup alerting to send alerts to internal support organizations based upon their wants.
  • Important to note that maintenance costs, ease of installation, availability to have others review data collected was also key in the bake off. Agency was undergoing security challenges and our group did not own the other products as they were administered by the enterprise team. Solarwinds licenses we had a couple of licenses and could take ownership administratively of product and customize.

    Was able to monitor our network devices, vmware host and vm’s, F5’s, avocents, and netapps via snmp v2 going to v3 very soon, this met one of the security stipulations we had to meet. I was also able to send sflow data from our network devices to NTA. This was beneficial in correlating and seeing metrics on data traversing the network and identifying bottlenecks. The added bonus of the integration of NPM and NTA and virtualization feature was the fact that I had the information in one tool. Also was very easy to have other access in a read only mode so no fear of changes being made for users and management to be able to see status and get metrics if needed. Also a good way for our custom reports to be displayed via the report writer. Also setup alerting to send alerts to internal support organizations based upon their wants. We setup groups to separate and catalog different technologies like vmware hosts, network devices, exchange servers and services we wanted to look at, the correlation between sflow data and snmp metrics.

    We also wanted simple layer 2 mapping and the ability to visualize the linkage between devices. Also we needed the ability to provide access to multiple groups for tier 1-3 troubleshooting. The web ui interface is good and customizable and gives us the ability to setup thru AD which we do.
  • We are running Solarwinds on VmWare 5.0 architecture, we are dedicating 2 VCPU, 4GB RAM, windows 2008 R2, 40GB storage for application server and same specs for database server. Currently not rolling up data between sites but have that on the roadmap.

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