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

Case Study: Fortune 500 Telecommunications Services Company

“IPAM allows us to implement a planning process for system administrators to identify and reserve their preferred IP address prior to building their systems. If there were an IP conflict, we would be able to ding the administrator that didn’t follow the process.”


  • 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 10,000+ 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
    • Discover and/or manage IPv6 addresses
  • 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
    • Review IP address forensic histories
  • More than 25 people at the organization use IPAM


  • Saves 40-60 man hours a month managing DHCP, DNS, and IP addresses using IPAM
  • Realized the following benefits with IPAM:
    • Better manages growth and change
    • Gained more visibility and control
    • Improved network availability and reliability

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager Case Study

Large Enterprise Health Care Company


This case study of a large enterprise health care 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.

“NCM has helped us tremendously with EOL HW replacement planning, automating config changes, and miscellaneous reporting.”


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):
    • Wanted a faster and easier way to do compliance audits
    • Needed to know when devices approached end-of-support and end-of-life

Use Case

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

  • Company manages up to 500 devices.


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

  • Primary reasons for using NCM:
    • Network automation to eliminate errors and add speed and consistency to all configuration changes
    • Configuration auditing to more easily and quickly perform policy compliance audits
    • Configuration backup and restore to provide operational continuity
    • Device end-of-life to determine and plan around device end-of-support and end-of-life
  • Primary benefits from using NCM:
    • Monitors configuration changes and fix configuration problems faster
    • Makes the network devices (and the network) more secure
    • Plans and executes hardware replacement upgrades more efficiently
  • 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.
  • Strongly 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

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%

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor Customer Satisfaction

84% of IT organizations are likely to recommend SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor.


SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager Customer Research

Since using NCM, how much more efficient are you at managing and implementing reliable network changes?

More than 100% more efficient: 6%
Up to 100% more efficient: 14%
Up to 75% more efficient: 28%
Up to 50% more efficient: 31%
Up to 25% more efficient: 22%

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Customer Satisfaction Rating

Andy Andreatta, a Senior Network Engineer at EverBank, would be likely to recommend SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer for this reason:

NTA provides NetFlow data in a useful way. It is one of the better NetFlow tools out there.

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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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