SOURCE: SolarWinds


April 06, 2010 09:00 ET

SolarWinds Announces New Network Device Monitoring Free Tool

Network Device Monitor Makes Monitoring Network Device Statistics Quick and Easy, Community Access Feature Helps Determine Monitoring Best Practices

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) -  SolarWinds® (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 90,000 customers worldwide, announced today its latest free tool, SolarWinds Network Device Monitor (NDM), which is designed to make it easy for IT professionals to monitor the real-time performance and health of network devices from the convenience of their desktop.

With the Network Device Monitor, users can monitor virtually any SNMP-enabled network device -- statistics can be monitored on Cisco®, HP Procurve®, Dell®and Juniper® devices or even little-known object identifiers (OIDs) such as CPU speed, battery status or fan temperature. To save users even more time, SolarWinds has integrated the Content Exchange on thwack, SolarWinds' online community, into NDM so users never have to leave the tool to take advantage of community-created content. Users can browse the extensive library of monitoring templates during the setup process, or upload a custom template.

"Knowing which key health statistics to monitor on your newly added or key network devices can be overwhelming and time-consuming. With NDM, IT pros don't have to rely on trial and error, they can leverage community forums and resources to see what others are monitoring and what device statistics experienced users deem most important," said Josh Stephens, SolarWinds' Head Geek and Vice President of Technology. "Additionally, because the monitoring templates are shared between Orion and the new NDM free tool, free tool users can benefit from the knowledge and experience of the thousands of network managers using Orion."

Users also have the ability to choose from pre-built device monitors shipped with NDM, custom device monitors created from NDM's Management Information Base (MIB) database or compile a custom MIB with NDM's Custom MIB Compiler.

Network Device Monitor highlights:

  • Quickly and easily monitor any one statistic available on any single SNMP-enabled networked device
  • Gain at-a-glance insight with a slick desktop dashboard
  • Choose from the pre-built device monitors in the tool or explore user-created device monitors posted on thwack
  • Automatically upload custom MIBs using the MIB compiler to browse for an OID of interest
  • Export and share your device monitors for custom MIBs via thwack

For a historical and dynamic approach to monitoring multiple network devices and OIDs simultaneously, users can deploy SolarWinds' Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) to take advantage of the Universal Device Poller (UnDP) feature. With Orion NPM's UnDP, users can:

  • Create many custom MIB pollers to monitor multiple SNMP-enabled devices
  • Monitor multiple network device statistics simultaneously
  • Import and export custom MIB pollers
  • Alert on device monitor statistics
  • Create reports based on device monitor statistics
  • View historical device monitor information

Additional Resources
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor
Network Device Monitors Made Easy
Orion Network Performance Monitor

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 90,000 customers worldwide -- from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. Focused on the real-world needs of IT professionals, SolarWinds products are downloadable, easy to use and maintain, and provide the power, scale, and flexibility needed to manage today's complex IT environments. SolarWinds' growing online community, thwack, is a gathering-place for problem-solving, technology-sharing, and participating in product development for all of SolarWinds' products. Learn more today at

SolarWinds,, and Orion are registered trademarks of SolarWinds. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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