SOURCE: SolarWinds


June 25, 2013 07:30 ET

Grand Canyon University Achieves Scale and Comprehensive IT Management With SolarWinds

GCU's IT Team Manages Need for Greater Network and Systems Performance and Availability Driven by New Online University Initiatives

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Jun 25, 2013) - SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, announced today that its suite of IT management products enabled the IT team at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, to scale and manage its ever-expanding infrastructure at less than half the cost of their former Big Four solution. Read the full case study.

Joel Garnick is a network manager for Grand Canyon University's IT department who, in recent years, has witnessed "explosive" network growth that required more sophisticated management. The university's infrastructure expanded from 50 devices and three racks of servers to approximately 300 devices, 1,200 servers, large virtualization farms and two data centers. With their previous product, Garnick said his IT team spent too much time trying to do what should have been simple activities and searching for buried solutions, and they didn't feel they were getting appropriate value for the cost. They also sought a product that wouldn't require an entire dedicated team to deploy and maintain.

Spurred by new initiatives like online classrooms and robust online services, the university IT team needed comprehensive and sophisticated monitoring and management capabilities that would scale to the expanded infrastructure requirements. Garnick and his team found their solution in SolarWinds, characterizing it as straightforward, flexible and cost effective.

"I had trialed SolarWinds a couple of times and knew that it would meet our needs. I was originally looking at SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) and SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM), but when we started planning, we decided to add as much functionality as possible, so we added several products," Garnick said. "And it all came in at half the cost just to renew the maintenance with the Big Four vendor. So it was a no-brainer."

Garnick said that interacting with the Big Four solution could be a challenge and that SolarWinds has made life better for the people who interact with the systems on a regular basis. Now, the Grand Canyon University IT team has expanded its environment with unlimited SolarWinds NPM, unlimited SolarWinds SAM, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, SolarWinds VoIP & Network Quality Manager, SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer, SolarWinds Storage Manager, and SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor.

Garnick also praised the cadence of product releases and robustness of the features that SolarWinds offers.

"The core features that you get for the price are pretty unbeatable."

Read the full case study.

IT Management for Organizations of all Sizes and Complexity
SolarWinds' award-winning IT management suite of solutions offers IT pros a comprehensive and easy-to-understand view of their infrastructure's performance from a single pane of glass. From network to application and server to SIEM and storage and virtualization, IT pros can deploy SolarWinds' products to build a robust and scalable IT management system that fits their evolving needs.

When a customer downloads and purchases a SolarWinds product, they're not just getting the powerful and easy-to-use features that are ready to go out-of-the-box, they're also getting support, troubleshooting tips from company experts, and valuable tools and resources shared by experienced peers on thwack, SolarWinds' online IT pro community.

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy to find, buy, use and maintain while providing the power to address any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at

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