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

Find out in this report how the two IT Infrastructure Monitoring solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed SolarWinds NPM vs. Spiceworks report (Updated: September 2022).
634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Can easily be interconnected with other management systems.""Their support team is efficient, and it is easy to set up.""Being able to easily, and quickly obtain disc space statistics from servers and determine how much was free or used on various volumes.""The most valuable features in SolarWinds NPM are the network search and diagnostic tools.""The most valuable features are language support and technical support.""The benefit of this solution is the reporting. We're able to report on and see our network in a graphical form. We are able to detect when a device is added to a network.""We have configured multiple alerts for our network devices, including routers and switches, so that we are notified if any interface goes down.""This solution offers a very good view of our network and allows us to effectively monitor performance."

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"It's easy to understand.""Spiceworks is generic and free.""It lets us know whether devices are getting out of date and tracked warranties. Spiceworks also gave me visibility in terms of what software was installed on each device and its status."

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Cons
"Being able to detect devices that are trying to connect wirelessly would make using this solution much easier.""Robustness of network element mapping tool could be better""This product could improve by adding cloud monitoring. I want SolarWinds NPM to do much more integration, and have more involvement in cloud monitoring, like AWS or Google, or Azure. I feel like it requires lots of improvement for cloud monitoring in NPM.""The only real caveat that we have or that I have an issue with is when I go on vacation, it's a little hard for me to go and modify alerts so that I don't get alerted about things when I'm on vacation.""The scalability can be better.""The product is scalable, but at a cost. Extra modules have to be purchased for each extra server. The initial set up isn't complex, but will require someone who is experienced with the network monitoring system""The solution is not always good with new features, so it's take a long time.""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."

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"Sometimes, it can be difficult to integrate what you need.""Since Spiceworks is a free tool, it's not very scriptable or customizable.""Once a device was recognized on the network, Spiceworks never got rid of it even after you took it off the network. You had to go in and manually remove it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "It might be about $300 annually for a bigger company. If you pay annually, it's better and cheaper."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:Spiceworks is generic and free.
    Top Answer:Since Spiceworks is a free tool, it's not very scriptable or customizable.
    Top Answer:We're using Spiceworks mainly for infrastructure monitoring.
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    Average Words per Review
    560
    Rating
    6.0
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    Also Known As
    Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer
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    Overview

    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.”

    From network inventory and network monitoring to help desk software, and mobile device management (MDM) to cloud services detection, Spiceworks helps you manage everything about your IT workday from one easy place.
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    Sample Customers
    Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
    Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Symantec, Webroot, EMC, Pertino
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Healthcare Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Construction Company10%
    Retailer7%
    Hospitality Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise20%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Buyer's Guide
    SolarWinds NPM vs. Spiceworks
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SolarWinds NPM vs. Spiceworks and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    SolarWinds NPM is ranked 3rd in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 40 reviews while Spiceworks is ranked 46th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 3 reviews. SolarWinds NPM is rated 8.0, while Spiceworks is rated 6.0. The top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Simple to set up with good visualizations and helpful support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Spiceworks writes "Helpful for ticketing and visibility, but doesn't remove unused devices automatically". SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, PRTG Network Monitor, LogicMonitor and Nagios XI, whereas Spiceworks is most compared with Zabbix, Lansweeper, JIRA Service Management, ServiceNow and Nagios XI. See our SolarWinds NPM vs. Spiceworks report.

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