Ethan Banks of EthanCBanks.com writes:
I both love and hate NMS’s. I love the idea of taking data supplied by a network device and presenting it in some useful way to network operators, IT managers, and executives. In principle, it sounds so right. In execution, most NMS’s are fairly weak presenters of information, rendering the same graphs of bandwidth utilization and error counts that every other NMS seems to render, but never really making the information useful. There’s never any context.
Ethan gives a very balanced analysis of Solarwinds and their NMS offerings. Being someone that uses it every day, I tend to believe Ethan when he lays it all out.