Profile: SolarWinds Inc (SWI.N)
24 Dec 2014
SolarWinds, Inc. (SolarWinds), incorporated in 1999, designs, develops, markets, sells and supports enterprise information technology (IT), infrastructure management software to IT professionals in organizations of all sizes. The Company’s product offerings range from individual software tools to more comprehensive software products that solve problems encountered by IT professionals. Its products are designed to help management of their infrastructure, including networks, applications, storage and physical and virtual servers, as well as products for log and event management. It offers a portfolio of products for IT infrastructure management. Its products operate in three categories: Free Tools, Transactional Products and Core Products. In June 2014, it acquired Pingdom.
The Company’s free tools are desktop, laptop, server-based or Internet-based applications designed for use by individual IT professionals, and typically focused on a single network or infrastructure management task or technology. SolarWinds use free tools to drive awareness of the brand and the products within the IT management community.
The Company’s transactional products are desktop-based, laptop-based or server-based applications designed for individual IT professionals who need specific solutions for routine, but complicated tasks. Its transactional products include individual tools and toolsets, which combine manyl tools together into a single package, as well as entry-level IT infrastructure monitoring functionality. Its transactional products include Standard Toolset, Engineer’s Toolset, Kiwi Syslog Server, Kiwi CatTools, and Kiwi Logviewer (Kiwi) products, ipMonitor, LANsurveyor, DameWare SysAdmin Utilities and DameWare Mini Remote Control (DameWare products), and various subscription-based tools available at DNSstuff.com.
The Company’s core products consist of enterprise-class IT management products that are used by IT professionals and teams in companies of all sizes to configure, monitor and report on network equipment, physical and virtual servers, applications and storage devices to determine the overall health and performance of the IT infrastructure and to automate the processes of change, compliance and inventory.
The Company’s network management products share integrated components, databases, Web servers and user administration. Its flagship product, Network Performance Monitor, is a server-based fault and performance management platform designed to minimize network downtime. Network Performance Monitor monitors and analyzes real-time, network performance metrics for routers, switches, servers and other Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), enabled devices to provide both current and historical views into the availability and performance of a network and all devices attached to it. Its Network Performance Monitor modules are a series of add-ons that extend the network management capabilities of its Network Performance Monitor to network traffic analysis and wide area network (WAN) performance monitoring. These modules are purchased separately and are integrated with its Network Performance Monitor’s Web console and database.
The Company’s Network Performance Monitor modules are NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, IP SLA Manager and IP Address Manager. Network Configuration Manager is a server-based product that automates the processes of network device discovery, network inventory management and network change management. Network Configuration Manager is a server-based product that automates the processes of network device discovery, network inventory management and network change management. Network Configuration Manager automates many device configuration management tasks, including bulk network configuration changes, real-time detection and alerts of network configuration problems and rolling back configuration changes on demand. User Device Tracker is a server-based switch port management tool for tracking and identifying the devices connected to the network, managing network port capacity and responding to network threats posed by rogue devices. Scalability engines increase the scale of a number of the products based on their infrastructure increasing their monitoring capabilities to a larger number of devices by distributing the polling load across additional servers. Enterprise Operations Console is a server-based product that provides summarized Web-based views of multiple instances of Network Performance Monitor modules and Application Performance Monitor
Systems and Application Management
The Company’s systems and application performance management products allow system administrators to monitor and manage the performance of systems and applications and end-user application experience as well as perform patch management. In addition, its transactional DameWare products allow system administrators to remotely manage the computers on their networks. Its systems and application management products are designed to operate together seamlessly, as well as with its network management products. Its systems and application management products also integrate with its products for storage resource management.
SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor is a server-based availability and performance management system for applications and server infrastructure, both virtual and physical. Application Performance Monitor provides a view of critical IT services and allows system administrators to drill down and view application-specific server processes, performance counters, synthetic end-user transactions and custom data collected via scripts. With Application Performance Monitor, end-users can configure customized alerts and reports for tracking and managing application and server performance. These capabilities allow system administrators to monitor, manage and optimize the performance of business applications. Application Performance Monitor supports over 200 applications, with extensibility to support additional applications on both the Windows and Linux operating systems.
SolarWinds Patch Manager is a server-based product that allows systems administrators to automate the process of deploying, managing, and reporting on patches and configuration settings of Microsoft Windows servers and workstations. Patch Manager allows Systems Administrators to automate patching applications across thousands of servers and workstations and receive automatic notifications of new third party patches from vendors of commonly-used commercial software applications. SolarWinds Synthetic End User Monitor captures the user steps of Web application through a recorder and continuously monitors the end-user experience of those Web applications.
Storage Resource Management
SolarWinds Storage Manager, powered by Profiler is a server-based product that combines reporting, monitoring and notification on the performance of storage resources, including direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SAN), from a range of storage hardware vendors. In addition, Storage Manager provides mapping of storage resources to physical and virtual infrastructure to help optimize storage allocation. SolarWinds Backup Profiler provides storage administrators with a consolidated view of the status of backup operations across all major backup applications.
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is a server-based product that provides virtualization administrators with a solution to manage all the aspects of a virtual server infrastructure, including inventory, sprawl control, performance monitoring, capacity planning, and configuration tracking. Using a multi-dimensional, search-based approach Virtualization Manager combines multiple disparate data points into useable insights, which are presented in management dashboards and reports. Virtualization Manager integrates with other key enterprise applications, such as configuration management databases, service desks and enterprise portals.
Log and Event Management
SolarWinds Log and Event Manager is a server-based product that automates the collection and interpretation of logs from a variety of sources including network devices, physical and virtual servers, applications and storage infrastructure, providing IT professionals with real-time availability and performance monitoring of the IT infrastructure. Through log analysis and event correlation provided with approximately 700 built-in correlation rules along with customizable rules, Log and Event Manager supports compliance verification with internal policies and regulatory requirements and SOX and also provides IT professionals with real-time and forensic tools for responding to security threats and events.
The Company competes with Hewlett Packard, IBM, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, Inc., VMware, Inc., EMC Corporation, NetApp, Inc., BMC Software, Inc. and Quest Software, Inc.
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