SOURCE: SolarWinds


November 17, 2010 07:00 ET

SolarWinds Extends Powerful Network Management Capabilities to the Entire Data Center With Latest Version of Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Enhanced Orion NPM Features Give IT Teams Greater Visibility and Control Over Data Center Networks, Including Increased Virtualization Management Support

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) - As enterprises continue to make investments in data center virtualization and private cloud initiatives, solutions that help IT professionals manage growing data center complexity are in high demand. SolarWinds® Inc. (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 97,000 customers worldwide, today announced the availability of the latest version of its flagship enterprise network management solution, Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM). The updated Orion NPM delivers the visibility and precise control IT teams need to manage data center networks of all sizes combined with the value and ease of use customers have come to expect from the company.

"Data center environments are evolving rapidly, and data center networking is no longer just concerned with traditional LAN switching and WAN ingress/egress. They now also include complex and converged ecosystems that incorporate physical devices, virtual networks, proprietary networking, and new computing and network systems like Cisco® Unified Computing System (UCS). These changes are blurring the lines between the compute, storage, and network elements of the IT infrastructure, driving the need to manage performance and availability across the entire stack to critical status," said Jim Frey, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) research director. "SolarWinds has taken this challenge head-on by significantly expanding support for data center devices across all domain types and adding higher-level service grouping capabilities to capture and track relationships across multiple resources."

Orion NPM makes it easy to quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve performance issues within ever-changing data center networks. Dedicated views focused on virtualization, Fibre Channel switches and VSANs, provide the deep visibility and precise control users need to manage data center network health and performance at a glance.

"Orion NPM helps put evolving data center networks into perspective by simplifying four key management requirements: visibility, detailed network component diagnostics, reporting and scalability," said Suku Krishnaraj, SVP Product Strategy, SolarWinds. "This latest release delivers the features and capabilities that IT teams need to ensure the performance and availability of their data center networks, backed up by the value and reliability for which SolarWinds solutions are known."

Highlights from the latest Orion NPM:

  • Dynamic Service Groups -- Simplifies monitoring of large and complex IT environments by grouping network devices by any category and rolling up network performance and service-level status by location, business center, or any other grouping.
  • Cisco UCS support -- Monitor virtual interfaces, fabric interconnects, chassis and blade servers and rack-mount servers in your Cisco UCS environment.
  • Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor -- Provides deep visibility into virtualized environments by monitoring virtualization from the data center, to clusters, to ESX hosts, to the virtual machine.
  • Conditional Group Dependencies -- Prioritize network problems with intelligent network alerts based on parent and child dependencies.
  • VSAN and Fibre Channel views -- Get ahead of any VSAN performance issues with real-time, threshold based alerting and create reports to share VSAN health; ensure Fibre Channel interconnect performance between SANs.
  • Mobile views -- Monitor network performance from popular mobile web browsers, including iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.
  • Meru Wireless Controller Support Monitor -- Meru controller and thin access point statistics along with connected client information from the same console as your Cisco and Aruba wireless environments.

SolarWinds supports end-to-end data center management

Whether the data center consists of a few physical servers and storage arrays or thousands of virtual machines, virtual switches, and multi-vendor storage, SolarWinds offers a complete and scalable data center management solution for the data center network, storage and computing infrastructure.

SolarWinds' flagship Orion family of IT management solutions combined with SolarWinds Profiler storage and virtualization management suite delivers:

  • Unified visibility across the compute, storage, network, and applications elements of the data center
  • Real-time performance management of the physical and virtual infrastructure
  • Out-of-the-box reporting on data center health, performance, and storage capacity
  • Automated configuration and change management for multi-vendor network devices

Supporting Quotes:

"In order to maintain our current 99.9% uptime across our networks worldwide, we rely on Orion NPM to give us insight into the general health of our devices and the ability to help prevent any outages," said Steve Wade, Integrated Infrastructure Services, for a Japanese automobile and motorcycle manufacturer. "With each new release, I feel comfortable knowing that SolarWinds will always provide reliable solutions that make my job easier."

"Orion NPM allows me to be more proactive. I'm able to get more things done in the same or less amount of time than would be required with another network management solution," said Steve, a network engineer at a California financial institution. "Furthermore, I like that I don't have to go to several places to get a complete picture. With this latest release, I get more information about my ESXi 4.1 VMware environment and vSphere topology integrated into one, single view alongside my other critical network performance metrics."

"Orion NPM is the Swiss Army knife of monitoring solutions," said John Spanitz, Senior Systems Administrator, Just Born, Inc. "Through its unified views, we get a clear picture of what's going on across all aspects of our environment -- without having to use a bunch of different tools. The latest Orion NPM gives us even better monitoring support for our VMware infrastructure and we're excited to leverage the new Conditional Group Dependencies feature to help filter out the noise when issues arise."

Additional Resources:
Video: Monitoring All Aspects of Your Virtualized Datacenter
Video: Easy & Affordable Virtualization Monitoring With Orion Network Performance Manager (NPM)

Pricing and Availability
Orion NPM is available now and pricing starts at $2,475, with the first year of maintenance included. For more information, visit the SolarWinds website, download a free 30-day evaluation, or call 866.530.8100.

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 97,000 customers worldwide -- from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. We work to put our users first and remove the obstacles that have become "status quo" in traditional enterprise software. SolarWinds products are downloadable, easy to use and maintain, and provide the power, scale, and flexibility needed to address users' management priorities. Our online user community, thwack, is a gathering-place where tens of thousands of IT pros solve problems, share technology, and participate in product development for all of SolarWinds' products. Learn more today at

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