Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor


SolarWinds Broadens Systems Portfolio with Unified Infrastructure Management Enhancements

Portfolio enhancements to be showcased at VMworld 2018 US

AUSTIN, Texas – August 21, 2018 — SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today unveiled a wave of updates to the SolarWinds® Orion® Platform, and its product portfolio. The enhancements span multiple products, with SolarWinds debuting the latest versions of Server & Application Monitor (SAM), Virtualization Manager (VMAN), Storage Resource Monitor (SRM), and introducing SolarWinds Server Configuration Monitor (SCM).

The enhancements enable unified infrastructure management for technology practitioners, designed to help them quickly identify performance issues and correlations between all layers of the technology stack.

“Technology professionals managing increasingly complex and distributed IT environments require monitoring tools that transcend the challenges introduced by hybrid IT,” said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. “The portfolio updates are designed to meet those challenges, providing a unified platform to help IT professionals see the bigger picture by monitoring, mapping, and proving where there are performance issues in IT environments.”

SolarWinds Delivers Windows System and Application Change Detection through New Server Configuration Monitor (SCM 1.0)

Built on the Orion Platform, a modular, scalable, unified monitoring architecture, the first generation of the SolarWinds Server Configuration Monitor (SCM 1.0) is designed to provide visibility into configuration changes on Windows® servers and applications that have taken place over time, helping technology professionals correlate configuration changes to performance. SCM can be used to quickly detect changes on a node, provide customizable reporting, alerting, and performance correlation.

“SCM picked up on things I didn't realize had changed,” said Jez Marsh, founder, Silverback Systems. “I think many people will be excited to learn about the capabilities and will find it useful, especially MSPs, who have commoditized-based spin up and spin down of virtual machines.”

SCM’s integration with SolarWinds PerfStack™ dashboard empowers technology professionals with a side-by-side view into how configuration settings are affecting overall performance metrics for applications. Cross-functional collaboration accelerates problem solving and allows the IT team to visually correlate data from multiple sources. SCM is also equipped to help technology professionals verify changes on applications and systems, such as unauthorized modifications to standard server configurations, for example, a critical capability in today’s ever-changing, complex environments.

Deeper DevOps Environment Monitoring in SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 6.7

SAM is designed to provide end-to-end visibility, as well as server and application performance monitoring, using agent-based and agentless technologies across multiple data centers, remote locations, and the cloud. The latest update, version 6.7, now includes container monitoring for Docker®, Kubernetes®, and Mesos®, and can assist in troubleshooting container-based applications and workloads, with the goal of improving monitoring and troubleshooting DevOps environments.

This enhancement is designed to take technology professionals into the future: in the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2018, 44 percent of respondents ranked containers as the most important technology priority today, and 38 percent of respondents ranked containers as the most important technology priority three to five years from now.

Optimize SDS Monitoring with VMware vSAN Support in Virtualization Manager (VMAN) 8.3

The latest update, version 8.3, offers customers vSAN storage support. Through the update, users can view and monitor VMware® software defined storage (vSAN) alongside virtualization performance, from the same console. Customers can also use recommendations to help take the guesswork out of optimization, as well as model capacity planning scenarios for today and tomorrow’s workloads.

Integration with the Orion Platform can deliver deeper virtualization insights, broader infrastructure reporting, informative alerting, cross-stack performance data and metrics, and improved virtualization management.

New Support for Huawei Devices and Expanded Hardware Health Support for Dell EMC Isilon, NetApp Arrays with Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) 6.7

The latest version of SolarWinds SRM (version 6.7) adds support for Huawei® OceanStor® and Dorado™ devices and now features hardware health support for Dell EMC™ Isilon® and NetApp®, two industry-leading all-flash array vendors. With this extended support, SRM 6.7 can enable resource monitoring across a wider mix of infrastructures in multi-vendor environments to meet the needs of a broader set of customers.

SRM’s data integration with other SolarWinds products, including Virtualization Manager (VMAN) and Server & Application Monitor (SAM) through the Orion Platform, allows for end-to-end relationship mapping from application and virtualization through storage.

Unified Infrastructure Monitoring through Intelligent Orion Maps and Orion Platform Integration

Today’s IT teams are responsible for managing increasingly complex and distributed environments, yet many are still manually mapping their environment and its dependencies—a time-consuming task that can quickly become outdated. SolarWinds Intelligent Orion Maps, built on the Orion Platform, is designed to eliminate the need for manual maps and help users easily create and view custom, logical, contextual maps—in near real-time. With just a few clicks, technology professionals can use Intelligent Orion Maps to pull and display application and infrastructure dependencies when troubleshooting a new issue, as well as view virtualization platform recommendations in context application groups.

Exploring the adoption of newer strategies, such as adding analytics capabilities to applications or upgrading hardware or software, may shift the location of a bottleneck, but may not solve it altogether. Full visibility across all of these elements is needed to understand where an issue truly resides and improve uptime and performance.

Built on the Orion Platform, all the unified infrastructure management enhancements across SAM, VMAN, SRM, and SCM are designed to help technology professionals monitor their IT systems environment from application to spindle—to quickly find performance issues and correlations between all the layers. This also includes allowing IT teams to view and verify that any distributed and load-balanced software is also sufficiently distributed from a hardware infrastructure perspective. Integration with features like SolarWinds AppStack™, PerfStack, and AppInsights™ can help make the process of preventing and troubleshooting incidents easier than ever before for technology professionals.

SolarWinds will publicly demonstrate its updated infrastructure management portfolio (for the first time) at VMworld® 2018 US in Las Vegas, Nevada, starting on August 26. The SolarWinds booth number is 2301.

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Monday, 11 June 2018 12:52

Are your networks 100% secure?

South Africa has recently seen an upsurge in data leaks, suggesting that mission-critical networks from organisations across all industries are at serious risk.

Recent findings by iAfrikan revealed that a database containing sensitive personal data leaked just under 1 million personal records of South African citizens online.

In 2017, many companies also experienced major cybersecurity breaches. According to a study by the Ponemon Institute, 7 out of 10 organisations say their security risk increased significantly in 2017, while only a third of organisations believe they have adequate resources to manage security effectively.

Cybercrime damages have also exceeded $600 billion in 2017, as revealed by McAfee and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

These data leaks also indicate that networks and data in organisations, such as banks, legal firms, mining companies, and retail outlets, aren’t 100% secure.

Considering that nearly every citizen has a bank account or an account with a retail trader who may have vulnerability issues, it is imperative that these networks are managed efficiently, are up to date, and that organisations have a clear view of what is going on inside their networks.

Network monitoring and management

The reality is that every organisation is susceptible to a security breach, and no organisation can afford the subsequent impact.

Many companies aren’t constantly monitoring how their networks are performing or what the vulnerability is, and making sure that industry-standard configurations are being implemented when a vulnerability occurs. This is one of the main reasons data and networks aren’t 100% secure.

To help businesses prepare for these growing risks, ATS Network Management offers SolarWinds Network management, centralised threat detection, compliance reporting, forensic analysis and database performance monitoring.

The SolarWinds’ revolutionary network monitoring solution – Network Performance Monitor (NPM) – allows network engineers to manage hybrid networks as they grow, with end-to-end visibility.  Coupled with Log & Event Manager (LEM) and Network Configuration Manager (NCM), it offers centralised threat detection, incident awareness, compliance reports, and active response.

Using the software, IT departments can gain insight into the health and performance of service delivery networks, drill down into specific details, view histograms and baselines for key metrics, and monitor the entire infrastructure – all from a single customisable console.

It offers reduced outages, detection, diagnosis, and resolving of performance issues, as well as traffic viewing, configuration, and performance details for on-premise, hybrid, and cloud services.

It also sends intelligent alert notifications as vulnerabilities are detected, so users can manage them before they become critical.

To improve security, compliance, network vulnerability and authorised access the Solarwinds security suite augments NPM, four of which are highlighted below:

  • SolarWinds SIEM: Log & Event Manager – SIEM tests, detects, and reports on vulnerabilities by analysing logs on Firewall switches to see where vulnerabilities are and where security breaches could occur. It allows for instant improvement in security and compliance with an easy-to-use and affordable SIEM.
  • SolarWinds Log Manager for Orion is a powerful log management tool, fully integrated with the Orion Platform. With real-time log collection, analysis, and visualisation, users can gain out-of-the-box visibility into the performance and availability of their IT infrastructure.
  • SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) – NCM integrates with NPM and other IT management solutions to supplement vulnerability testing on devices. In addition to vulnerability, it also provides compliance reports, ensuring customers are up to date with industry compliance standards.
  • User Device Tracker – The user device tracker is a module for the NPM and allows a user to track whatever may be connected to the network. This gives users visibility and insight to identify the type of rogue devices or unauthorised access there might be on the network. It provides users with graphical information in an instant – which means no waiting for a report to come out. It also gives the user the ability for immediate port shut-down from the interface.
  • Patch Manager – Many vulnerabilities occur from unpatched and outdated devices. ATS offers automated patching of Microsoft servers and 3rd-party apps for intuitive reporting to quickly address software vulnerabilities.

The SolarWinds security suite allows users to shut down the vulnerability or produce forensic analysis with in just a few hours of implementing the solution.

About ATS Network Management

ATS Network Management (Pty)Ltd was established in 1996 to provide our clients with cutting edge network management solutions. This includes diagnostics, analysis, performance management services as well as tools to enable the optimisation of their enterprise networks.

Today enterprise networks are delivering on the promise of client/server computing and web based distributed networks. Because they run the entire businesses, these networks are critical to the organisation’s ability to function and be productive. At the same time, the rapid growth of networking and the Internet increases the complexity and cost of designing and managing the computing environment.

As these systems grow in importance and functionality, enterprise networks become increasingly distributed, incorporating users and resources in remote sites. As such networks are complex, they require more resources from the organisations they serve. The network must be available around the clock and continually perform at prescribed levels.

Three things essential to effectively manage an enterprise network are:

Diagnostic capabilities, collecting real-time data on network usage, and being able to analyse this data.

For large enterprise networks, it is mandatory that these components be integrated, cover all topologies and work with all industry-standard components regardless of brand or operating system.

ATS Network Management is committed to tackle this challenge head-on through their range of network services and leading network monitoring products.

Leading the way with the SolarWinds product range as their main stream products, ATS Network Management has achieved the highest status of partnership with SolarWinds. This partnership enjoys almost 15 years of working together with SolarWinds which is one of the longest standing relationships worldwide.

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds’ mission has been to provide purpose-built products that are designed to make jobs easier for IT professionals, MSPs, and DevOps pros. The company offers value-driven products and tools that solve a broad range of IT management challenges – whether those challenges are related to networks, servers, applications, storage, virtualisation, cloud, or development operations.

ATS will be exhibiting at the MyBroadband Cloud, Hosting, and Security Conference taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on 13 June 2018.

To find out how you can benefit from ATS Network Management solutions, visit their stand, or contact ATS on 011 8861740 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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