TechValidate Research on SolarWinds Network Management

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2,296 Customers Surveyed

18,095 Data Points Collected

292 Published TechFacts

26 Published Charts

62 Published Case Studies

Selected Research Highlights

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Customer Testimonial

My favorite feature of NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is:

The ability to identify traffic usage.

Network Engineer, Medium Enterprise Banking Company

[SolarWinds IP Address Manager gave us] a single place to manage IP addresses [which] fosters greater collaboration among the various IT teams and gives us greater visibility into all our subnets.

IT/Systems Administrator, Global 500 Insurance Company

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager Customer Research

How many network devices do you manage?

2500 devices or more: 17%
Up to 2500 devices: 12%
Up to 1000 devices: 21%
Up to 500 devices: 21%
Up to 250 devices: 16%
Less than 100 devices: 13%

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager Case Study

Large Enterprise Retail Company


This case study of a large enterprise retail company is based on an August 2015 survey of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“It has allowed us not to worry about backing up configs manually.”


The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager:

  • Problems experienced prior to using SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM):
    • Experienced configuration changes took too much time and/or were error prone
    • Needed to know when configuration changes were made and/or prevent unapproved changes
    • Needed a better way to backup and restore configuration files

Use Case

The key feature and functionality of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager that the surveyed company uses:

  • Company manages less than 100 devices.


The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager:

  • Primary reasons for using NCM:
    • Configuration monitoring to know when and how configurations have changed
    • Configuration backup and restore to provide operational continuity
  • Primary benefit from using NCM:
    • Monitors configuration changes and fix configuration problems faster
  • Saves up to 25 hours each month managing network configurations by using NCM.
  • Is up to 50% more efficient at managing and implementing reliable network changes since deploying NCM.
  • Is up to 50% faster at detecting and or fixing network configuration problems since using NCM.
  • Agrees that they achieve far superior security and network reliability when they use network automation alongside their network monitoring solution.

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager Customer Research

Nearly half of surveyed network engineers reported saving more than 25 hours a month using Network Configuration Manager

How many person-hours do you estimate your organization saves each month managing network configurations using NCM?

More than 100 hours: 8%
Up to 100 hours: 12%
Up to 50 hours: 28%
Up to 25 hours: 52%

Case Study: Medium Enterprise Telecommunications Services Company


  • Faced the following challenges prior to purchasing SolarWinds┬« IP Address Manager:
    • Their network was growing in size and complexity and they needed better ways to keep pace
    • They found managing IP addresses using spreadsheets was too time consuming and unreliable

Use Case

  • Use 2,001 to 5,000 IP addresses
  • Routinely performs the following IP address management tasks using IPAM:
    • Manage IP space and subnets
    • Find and assign available IP addresses
    • Find and reclaim orphaned IP addresses
    • Manage extended IP address details (e.g. assigned MAC, device type, history, etc.)
    • Delegate IP administrative tasks
  • Routinely performs the following DHCP, DNS, and IP address monitoring and troubleshooting tasks using IPAM:
    • Detect and troubleshoot IP conflicts
    • Monitor address exhaustion in subnets and DHCP scopes
    • Detect DNS entry mismatch errors
    • Review IP address forensic histories
    • Monitor DHCP, DNS, and IP address change event logs
  • More than 25 people at the organization use IPAM


  • Saves 20 to 40 man hours a month managing DHCP, DNS, and IP addresses using IPAM
  • Realized the following benefits with IPAM:
    • Lowered administrative costs for DHCP, DNS, and IP addresses management
    • Better manages growth and change
    • Gained more visibility and control
    • Improved network availability and reliability

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About SolarWinds Network Management

SolarWinds delivers powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use network monitoring and management software to help you take control of your network, reduce outages, manage devices and speed up troubleshooting.

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