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We performed a comparison between Ixia Hawkeye and SolarWinds NPM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"Our customer was happiest with the price of this product."

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"We found that it was easy to operate, and it was simple if anyone has entry-level working experience or even if someone is not experienced.""SolarWinds NPM has a colorful UI and many easy-to-use features. It does not need to be configured as much and is also easy to install.""The most valuable features in SolarWinds NPM are the network search and diagnostic tools.""I like the tracking feature to track devices and see where they are connected. This is very practical.""The solution is stable and reliable.""Their support team is efficient, and it is easy to set up.""The most valuable feature of SolarWinds NPM is the performance monitoring to see the memory, and CPU utilization.""SolarWinds' network and server application monitoring features are strong."

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Cons
"Ixia has one flaw, which is that they do not print the license code on the paper licenses that are shipped to the customers."

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"One of the challenges with SolarWinds is that in order to pull the data, we have to have a lot of false positives.""Robustness of network element mapping tool could be better""The solution could be more secure.""There should be a little bit more integration in some of the other tooling and utilizing the APIs of devices or tools could be a little bit better.""It would be nice to have a test to check if you can access a particular device via API without installing it and waiting for a poll cycle. You should have the capacity to initiate a test to see if it was reachable and get the results almost immediately.""If they did some type of synthetic monitoring, it would have been better.""Being able to detect devices that are trying to connect wirelessly would make using this solution much easier.""The integration needs to be improved."

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  • "The licensing is based on the number of nodes, interfaces, and volumes."
  • "There are a lot of sub-products and it just continued to increase the price."
  • "There is a permanent license and also a subscription level which has annual fees. The price of the solution is fair."
  • "There can be fees in addition to the licensing fees if you add on."
  • "The NPM component of the system costs approximately $1,000 USD per year."
  • "We have a multi-year license for the use of this solution. There are additional costs for recourses in the environment."
  • "Quite highly priced"
  • "There's standard licensing, and then it depends on the size of the customer."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our customer was happiest with the price of this product.
    Top Answer:Ixia has one flaw, which is that they do not print the license code on the paper licenses that are shipped to the customers. This impacts technical support because once you have to contact the vendor… more »
    Top Answer:We are a solution provider and Ixia Hawkeye is one of the products that we implement for our customers. We have a customer in Central America that is in the telco industry and needed to have greater… more »
    Top Answer:It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools are better for only network devices while others are better for a cloud monitoring or… more »
    Top Answer:From my point of view, SolarWind is the best tool.
    Top Answer:We are partners with SolarWinds and we sell a lot of Network management to large enterprises also because of scalability, products like Network Performance Monitor & Netflow Traffic Analyzer are… more »
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    Also Known As
    Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer
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    Overview
    Hawkeye quickly and effectively validates network performance, isolates problems, and proactively detects issues by running scheduled verification tests. Using a combination of hardware and software agents called Performance Endpoints, Hawkeye simulates application traffic and sends key performance metrics to a central console for fast action.

    SolarWinds NPM is a network monitoring solution that enables you to detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues and outages quickly and efficiently. The solution is a powerful tool that can help you increase service levels, reduce downtime with multi vendor network monitoring, simplify the management of complex network devices, improve operational efficiency, and much more.

    SolarWinds NPM Features

    SolarWinds NPM has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Increased scalability
    • Fault, performance, and availability monitoring
    • Dynamic network discovery and mapping
    • Cross-stack network data correlation
    • Customizable topology
    • Dependency-aware intelligent alerts
    • Intelligent maps
    • Automated capacity forecasting, alerting, and reporting
    • Logical and physical network monitoring
    • Monitor Azure vNet gateway visibility

    SolarWinds NPM Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing SolarWinds NPM. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Comprehensive monitoring for advanced network devices: With SolarWinds NPM, you can gain insight into the health and performance of your load balancers, Cisco ASA and Palo Alto Networks, firewalls, and Cisco Nexus switches.
    • Hardware health monitoring: SolarWinds NPM makes it easy for you to monitor, alert, and report on key device metrics, including power supply, fan speed, and temperature.
    • Customizable performance and availability reports: With this feature, you can choose from more than 100 templates to schedule and also generate custom network performance reports.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the SolarWinds NPM solution.

    PeerSpot user Andrew N., Senior Network Engineer at Element Critical, says, “The "Performance Analyzer" feature is the solution's most valuable aspect. It's able to do the bounded graphs of all the interface stats, from errors to broadcasts and to current traffic. With a click of a button you're able to, in one interface, look at historical data for those items.” He also adds, “From the troubleshooting point of view, just having that peace of mind is great. And, The solution is extremely stable. We haven't had any issues in that regard. We haven't had issues with bugs, glitches, or crashes."

    Daniel S., Systems and Data Warehouse Supervisor at MMSD, mentions, “The alerting and usage tracking is a valuable feature because it alerts us when we're getting near capacity on disk space, network utilization or processor utilization. It helps us manage our capacity and enables us to be proactive.”

    A Senior Vice President and CIO at a financial services firm explains, “As we look to add more servers to our virtual environment and to understand the impact, the solution allows us to dig into the historical charts related to capacity planning. It also gives us visibility of spikes and allows us to track down the reasons for their occurrences. So too, it makes room for potential processes that have gotten hung or runaway and to know when it's time to reboot a server or service.”

    Dinesh N., Digital Innovation at Bobcat Company, states, “The best part of the solution is the sharing display. It gives a general public ID wherein everyone can link to a public display. That's a good feature.”


    Fazal A., Implementation & Support Specialist at 360Factors, comments, “We have configured multiple alerts for our network devices, including routers and switches, so that we are notified if any interface goes down. In the event an interface goes down, we have multiple reports that include availability monitoring, network uptime monitoring, and network downtime monitoring. These reports are on multiple schedules such as the end of the day, end of the last business day of the week, monthly, and quarterly. This gives us the ability to provide reports to our management and let them know the performance of our network.”

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    Sample Customers
    EMA
    Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government11%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Healthcare Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise72%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Ixia Hawkeye is ranked 27th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 1 review while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 4th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 47 reviews. Ixia Hawkeye is rated 10.0, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Ixia Hawkeye writes "Priced-well, easy to scale, stable, and straightforward to set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Simple to set up with good visualizations and helpful support". Ixia Hawkeye is most compared with Gigamon, ThousandEyes, Zabbix, Huawei eSight and NETSCOUT nGeniusONE, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, PRTG Network Monitor, LogicMonitor and Nagios XI.

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