SOURCE: SolarWinds


September 09, 2009 09:00 ET

CDW Corporation to Use SolarWinds' Orion Suite to Optimize Efficiency Across Three Data Centers and 21 Locations

Orion's Broad Functionality, Ease of Use and Integrated Management for Network Performance and Cisco® EnergyWise Will Help the Leading Provider of Technology Solutions to Streamline Monitoring and Access More Complete Performance Data

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - September 9, 2009) - SolarWinds® (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful, simple and affordable network management software for more than 85,000 customers worldwide, announced today that CDW Corporation, a leading provider of technology products and services to business, government and education, has selected SolarWinds' Orion® suite to monitor and manage its data centers and corporate network, based on the products' unique combination of robust functionality, usability, and low total cost of ownership.

The company will use Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM), Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM), and additional Orion modules as a centralized solution to help manage and maintain more than 5000 network elements, across multiple infrastructure groups. CDW also plans to use the suite of products to work with Cisco® EnergyWise measurement, reporting and control technology to identify and control energy consumption for various Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices, such as IP phones.

"CDW uses several tools for network configuration backup, server and device monitoring, bandwidth monitoring, SLA compliance and application performance monitoring. Being able to get all of that consolidated into a single, easy to use dashboard, delivering information consumed by multiple IT teams, will help make CDW more efficient at delivering the optimal user experience while detecting and responding to problems faster. The integrated support for Cisco EnergyWise technology will also allow us to align with our company-wide BeGreen initiative and ISO14001 certification while taking advantage of the additional savings that proactively managing our energy usage offers." -- Nick Schmidt, Senior Manager, CDW.

In addition to Orion NPM and Orion NCM, CDW will also deploy several Orion modules including Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), Orion Application Performance Monitor (APM) and Orion VoIP Monitor. The suite of solutions will allow CDW to get a holistic view of their entire network infrastructure from a single dashboard, as opposed to the five separate tools they were previously using. Additionally, CDW expects that SolarWinds' network monitoring will help them to get the improved information necessary to accurately evaluate their Service Level Agreements (SLAs), ensuring they are getting the best possible services for CDW operations.

"The products that we are using are good, but we want a solution that offers more flexibility -- like the ability to monitor multi-vendor IP telephony systems and business critical applications performance. We heard good things about Orion -- it's easy to use, purpose-built and really affordable -- but there are always the concerns that new products will not provide an efficient portal to manage the CDW environment better than what is currently implemented. After installing and evaluating Orion for 30 days, we are confident that this will be a great fit for our needs and environment." -- Brandon Formoso, Network Engineer, CDW.

SolarWinds Orion Family of Management Solutions

SolarWinds' flagship Orion family of management solutions offers network managers a comprehensive and easy to understand view of their network's health -- from fault and performance, to configuration, application performance and IP address management. Users can view the real-time statistics and availability of their network from any Web browser, providing a convenient way for administrators to stay in tune with their networks at any time, from any place.

"For the past 18 months, SolarWinds has focused on making the Orion suite of products even stronger by increasing functionality, interoperability, and scalability. The latest Orion offerings can easily tackle the challenge of distributed, multi-vendor network environments without adding to the complexity, which makes us a logical choice for any enterprise environment." -- Kenny Van Zant, SVP and chief product strategist, SolarWinds.

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds provides powerful, simple and affordable network management software to more than 85,000 customers worldwide -- from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. Focused on the real-world needs of network professionals, SolarWinds products are downloadable, easy to use and maintain, and provide the power, scale, and flexibility needed to manage today's complex network 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

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