SolarWinds Portfolio Overview

On several occasions, I have mentioned that I spent a fair amount of my consulting career working with small and medium size businesses. While SolarWinds certainly doesn’t constrain their solutions to smaller networks, they are a primary player in that space. I think if many in this space looked at their network management challenges, SolarWinds would typically have a competitive solution. It seems to regularly be the case that I’m faced with two choices when I look to solve network management challenges.while one is putting together some open source homegrown solution, the other choice is often a prebuilt solution from SolarWinds.

One of the things that can be rather confusing is determining what component of SolarWinds suite of solutions fills a particular need. Furthermore, what interdependencies may exist between their offerings. The video below, recorded at Networking Field Day 5, is a discussion that outlines the features of the various network management solutions offered by SolarWinds.

SolarWinds Introduction and Portfolio Overview from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

SolarWinds is certainly a solid contender that offers solutions for many network management challenges. The one thing that I find nice with most commercial network management products in this space, including SolarWinds, is that it is easy to try them out before purchasing. One of the things that was made clear in this video is that this is by design with SolarWinds’ products. Other than the Thwack Community, this particular vendor really does not offer consulting or training on their products. This a primary reason they strive for an “out of the box” solution. In most cases, I think they achieve this goal with reasonably priced solutions to meet many common network management challenges.

Other SolarWinds Videos From Networking Field Day 5

Disclaimer: SolarWinds was a sponsor for Networking Field Day 5. As a result, their sponsorship covered a portion of the cost of my travel and expenses associated with my attendance to this event. This article itself was written without any restrictions or requirement to do so. My opinions on this product are my own and are accurately reflected.

About Paul Stewart, CCIE 26009 (Security)

Paul is a Network and Security Engineer, Trainer and Blogger who enjoys understanding how things really work. With over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Paul has helped many organizations build, maintain and secure their networks and systems.
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