SOURCE: SolarWinds



December 07, 2010 07:00 ET

SolarWinds Strengthens Partnership With Meru Networks, Enhances End-to-End Wired and Wireless Support in Latest Version of Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Meru Networks' Customers to Gain Dedicated Views and Functionality Within Orion NPM

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - December 7, 2010) - SolarWinds®, Inc. (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management solutions to more than 97,000 customers worldwide, along with partner Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in 802.11n virtualized wireless LAN solutions for enterprise networking, are highlighting the expanded, native support for Meru wireless devices in the latest release of Orion® Network Performance Monitor (NPM). This expanded support is the result of a strategic partnership between the two companies established earlier this year.

"With reliance on wireless networks becoming more commonplace and rising demand from our online user community, thwack, we added the Meru Wireless Controller Support Monitor in our latest release of Orion NPM to enhance support to our user community," said Sanjay Castelino, vice president, product management and product marketing, SolarWinds. "Now, users can effortlessly monitor their Meru virtualized wireless LAN environment along with connected client information -- all from a dedicated view within the Orion NPM dashboard."

"Orion NPM provides a great overview of all my routers and switches, and with the Meru Wireless Controller Support Monitor built in, I can easily find out the status of my wireless connections without logging into another application," said Kevin Grover, Network Team Leader, Utah State University. "It's not only convenient, but saves time on additional product training since we can manage everything with one solution."

"We are excited about this latest release of Orion NPM. When combined with Meru's Service Assurance Platform, it provides a powerful wired and wireless network management platform for our joint customers to proactively manage their business-critical applications," said Vipul Gore, VP Enterprise Solutions, Meru Networks.

Orion NPM's Meru Wireless Controller Support Monitor enables users to:

  • Quickly find rogue access points (APs) and view their corresponding SSIDs, channels, and number of active clients
  • Group wireless devices into several categories, including controllers, wireless type, vendor, machine type, status, and location
  • Monitor access points and their corresponding client details including client names, signal strengths, IP addresses, MAC addresses, and an Rx/Tx summary
  • Search for any wireless monitoring criteria, including access points, client names, and IP addresses
  • Monitor a real-time Top 10 list of wireless APs with the largest number of clients
  • Access over 15 out-of-the-box wireless reports, including wireless availability, average and peak number of clients, and rogue access points over varying time frames

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.

In addition to expanded support of Meru within the latest Orion NPM, the partnership also allows Meru to resell Orion NPM as a part of Meru's Wired and Wireless Management solution. The solution combines Orion NPM's multi-vendor, powerful end-to-end network and availability performance monitoring for network resources from routers, switches, servers, wireless controllers and access points with Meru's E(z)RF Network Manager's detailed wireless performance dashboards, RF visualization and fault correlation and reporting to provide enterprises with comprehensive network visibility, across both wireless and wired networks.

For additional information on this partnership and combined solution, visit

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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About Meru Networks
Founded in 2002, Meru Networks provides a virtualized wireless LAN solution that cost-effectively optimizes the enterprise network to deliver the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network, with the advantages of mobility. Meru's solution represents an innovative approach to wireless networking that utilizes virtualization technology to create an intelligent and self-monitoring wireless network, and enables enterprises to migrate their business-critical applications from wired networks to wireless networks, and become all-wireless enterprises. Meru's solutions have been adopted in major industry vertical markets, including Fortune 500 enterprises, healthcare, education, retail, manufacturing, hospitality and government. Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit or call (408) 215-5300.

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