Roundup of Latest Reviews: Solarwinds NPM (Network Monitoring Tools)

IT Central Station covers a gamut of technology products and services that are used every day to power the business of Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 enterprises. In today’s post, we’ll give you a taste of one of the latest reviews that have come in for Solarwinds Orion, one of the many network monitoring tools listed on IT Central Station. Here are a few highlights:

  • User anon375, who is on the network team at a retailer says NPM is “the most efficient Network Performance Monitor with its sniffing, alerting system, and fault discovery.”
  • User mgrntwrk381 who is a network manager at a healthcare company says Orion’s “resource utilization is heavy so you need to analyze the server before using it for multiple roles. We are unable to use web console to configure new alerts.”
  • User teenajain who is IT Director at a company with 1-500 employees gives it 4 stars but says one of its limitations is “building out a dependency structure.”
  • User network185 who is a networking expert at a company with 1-500 employees  says it is “quick to get up and running, but not as granular out-of-the-box as you would expect.”

On IT Central Station, you can read the full reviews of NPM by Solarwinds, and other network monitoring tools including Wireshark, OPNET, CA NetQoS Performance Center, Cisco Data Center Network Manager, Entuity, HP Network Management Center, InfoVista VistaInsight, ManageEngine OpManager, Microsoft Network Monitor and others.

These are the opinions of real users – not vendors, analysts, consultants or bloggers. IT Central Station protects the privacy of its user community–we validate that the reviewers are real users of the products, but the reviews are posted without personally identifiable information so that users can say what they really think and be heard.

These are just a sample of the many fine reviews you’ll find on IT Central Station. If you haven’t already sign up and browse reviews and write your own review.

Top APM Tools

Application Performance Management (APM) is a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance. It is a critical function managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 70,000 views of the top APM tools by real users in the past year and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing APM vendors on IT Central Station.

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The most compared APM solutions for the first half of the year was CA APM v. New Relic with 774 comparisons by real users, while the most compared for the second half of the year was Appdynamics v. Dynatrace with 730. The most compared APM solutions of all of 2014 were Dynatrace v. New Relic, with over 1,127 comparisons on IT Central Station.

If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our APM section on IT Central Station at

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Review Round-up for Application Performance Monitoring

This week at IT Central Station we present a roundup of the latest reviews of application performance monitoring solutions from our growing community of real users. With so many APM products on the market, it’s hard to know which one is the right choice for your organization. Read what our real users have to say about these solutions: CA vs New Relic vs AppDynamics vs Fluke Networks.

Reviews of Application Performance Monitoring solutions From Real Users 

AppDynamics – “We have been able to proactively correct issues from newly launched applications without even receiving complaints from the end users, and the amazement of users when you notify them personally that an error they never reported has been corrected is priceless. AppDynamics is one of those rare companies that put the customer experience first. Once you become a customer you are appointed a technical account manager that helps you get the most out of your investment. I have a conference call with mine every other week and it really improves our understanding and use of the solution.” Read the full review here.

New Relic – “The database trace was the most useful service. This helped us to improve performance on our servers by more than 30%. I could spend less time verifying code and check for performance. I created accounts for my devs and integrated this into the KPI’s and also the test process. This in turn reduces the amount of money we were spending on our servers. The database performance was something we were able to greatly improve. The simple one line install was perfect and took us less than 1 minute to install. ” Read the full New Relic review.

CA APM – “Provided greater visibility to IT regarding necessary actions on its governance and relationship with suppliers and business areas. In the previous scenario, IT was surrounded by tools but did not possess a vision focused on quality of service delivery and end-to-end. With the adoption of CA APM, we have accurate mapping, we’re updated on what supports each business service and what, when, where an incident occurs and how it affects the business.” Read the full CA APM review.

Application Performance Monitoring

Application Performance Monitoring

Fluke Networks – Application and network issues would inevitably arise within our infrastructure. These issues, no matter how minor, were hard to troubleshoot since each application integrates with multiple data sources. We evaluated multiple network monitoring solutions. Visual TruView was selected and deployed to solve our IT challenges and resolve the ambiguity associated with technical support calls.” Read the full review.

Dynatrace – “Dynatrace has made it extremely easy for us to identify the root cause of poor performing components of our applications. Generally their support is pretty good, but on occasion you can tell you get someone “new” in which you know more than they do.” Read the full review.

Visit IT Central Station to read more application performance monitoring reviews including, Performance Vision, DynaTraceProactiveNet,  Infrared360 and many more. You can also visit one of our APM comparison pages to see side-by-side reviews!

The Weekly Roundup – Application Performance Management Part 2

This week’s roundup is the second in a series on application performance management solutions used by IT operations, applications teams and DevOps professionals. There are so many solutions on the market and it’s hard to know which is best for your organization. For part 2, let’s see what our real users are saying about APM solutions from INETCO, Riverbed, Compuware, Oracle, and Precise Software. Here are a few highlights direct from IT Central Station users:

INETCO Insightweekly-roundup was given 5 stars by our user managing5115, CEO for a financial services firm. He says: “Allows for multi-hop monitoring and investigation. It gives us enhanced app monitoring”.

AppResponse Xpert from Riverbed was given 5 stars by Henry Steinhauer, an engineer for a technology services company. He says: “Perfect for seeing the impact of SOA and complex applications”. It was also given 5 stars by PerformanceGuy, owner of a technology services company. He says: “Excellent for strategic metrics and as a troubleshooting/analysis tool, but needs better integration with AppInternals Xpert”. It was given only 4 stars however by network274, a networking and communications expert from a technology services company. He says: “Flexible and feature-rich, but support cases often require escalation to R&D”.

dynaTrace  RUM from Compuware was given 4 stars by engnr224, an engineer for a retailer. He says: “good tool for troubleshooting our website”. It was given 5 stars though by our user ops218, an operations expert for a technology services company. He says: “Fantastic Product!”

Oracle Enterprise Manager was given 5 stars by imran_sh, a DBA manager for a technology services company. He says: “Provides complete integrated solutions to achieve the level of business service quality”. It was given 4 stars by ecom339, an ecommerce expert for a software research and development company who says: “It is about best service levels for traditional and cloud applications through business-driven application management”.

Precise Software was given 5 stars by Cliff Z, an operations senior manager for a retailer. He says: “Simple to use but incredibly powerful”. It was only given 4 stars though by Avi Adler, a DBA manager for a travel company, even if he says: “I like it”.

Dozens of real users have written reviews about the application performance management solutions they use every day. IT Central Station guarantees that all reviews are 100% genuine. We protect the privacy of the user community – we validate that the reviewers are real users of the products so that users can say what they really think and be heard!

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