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SolarWinds adds Cisco ACI software-defined networking support to its Network Performance Monitor product.

Lynn Haber

December 4, 2018

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Users of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor product are in for another refresh as the vendor adds multiple enhancements to its software, specifically, around software-defined network (SDN) monitoring, the company announced today. SolarWinds also added key enhancements to the Orion Platform.

The previous Network Performance Monitoring portfolio refresh was in May 2018.

Today’s product SDN enhancement focuses on support for Cisco ACI, to help customers monitor logical components of their SDN environment, including APICs, tenants, application profiles, endpoint groups, and physical entities.

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is the vendor’s software-defined networking solution that facilitates application agility with data center automation.

SolarWinds made the following four enhancements:

  • Network Performance Monitor (NPM) 12.4 – Incorporates support for Cisco ACI to help users monitor the health of their Cisco SDN deployment.

  • Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.9 – Introduces the ability to define and apply multidevice baselines or config snippets to any network node and is designed to enhance the ability to quickly identify configuration drift and adhere to corporate configuration standards. 

  • NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) 4.5  Expanded alerting can help users act quickly if application traffic suddenly increases or decreases, as well as help speed resolution if a device stops sending flow data.

  • IP Address Manager (IPAM) 4.8 – Adds support for Infoblox to help users to monitor DHCP and DNS services in a centralized dashboard.

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SolarWinds’ Christoph Pfister

“Customers are sampling SDN in their dev-test environments, but with the maturation of the technology, we’re seeing wider use by customers within their production environments,” said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. “Our users need comprehensive visibility into both the physical and logical networks. These latest updates are a direct reflection of our continued commitment to our user community and to their businesses — all priced to be within reach for most companies and service providers.”

The latest release of the SolarWinds Orion Platform, for unified IT monitoring networks, applications, systems, and databases on-premises, in a hybrid environment or in the cloud, includes PerfStack dashboard improvements, centralized upgrades and SAML authentication support enabling single sign-on (SSO) to the Orion Web Console.

The SolarWinds network management portfolio updates are available immediately.

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