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SolarWinds Brings Affordability, Ease of Use and Enterprise-Class Performance to Users Struggling With IP Address Management

New free tool, expanded Orion suite offer alternatives to sloppy spreadsheets and expensive traditional enterprise solutions

AUSTIN, Texas – April 28, 2009 – SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful, simple and affordable network management software, today announced that it is offering IT teams new, cost-effective tools to tackle the challenges of a key component of network performance – IP Address Management.

The announcement includes two new products: a free tool, SolarWinds IP Address Tracker and an addition to the flagship Orion network management family called Orion IP Address Manager (IPAM) These products allow IT professionals to ditch their spreadsheets for an easy-to-use, enterprise-class centralized IP address management solution that doesn't break the bank.

Today's networks, composed of mobile IP devices, wireless users, virtualized endpoints, and other dynamic technologies are more demanding of IP space than ever. Network engineers must track and manage IP address space proactively to effectively support network services. Typically, engineers responsible for the task find themselves shackled to home-grown solutions or complex spreadsheets that are a struggle to keep accurate and up to date.

"SolarWinds' new IPAM solution is exactly what we need to manage our nearly 200 subnets and over 3500 IP addresses," said Brian de Loureiro, manager of Systems & Integration, Raleigh-Durham International Airport. "Orion IPAM's web-based management, coupled with the multiple user accounts, gives our entire IT staff the ability to go in, maintain the most accurate list of IP addresses, and set reservations while controlling access to the server. We can have our Tier 1 support assign an IP address while our Tier 2 support can reserve IPs at the start of a project to ensure we have no conflicts – all from one central web console on the SolarWinds Orion server."

"Our customers have been asking for a SolarWinds solution to IP Address Management, and when we looked at the market, we saw a huge gap between the expensive, all-inclusive solutions and the less-than-adequate spreadsheets most companies use," said Kenny Van Zant, senior vice president and chief product strategist, SolarWinds. "We wanted to bring the SolarWinds' approach to the problem, creating solutions that were both powerful and easy to use, at an affordable price. These new offerings – the free tool and Orion IPAM – build on our reputation of delivering solutions that have real impact for network admins."

SolarWinds IP Address Tracker

SolarWinds IP Address Tracker lets a network engineer scan an IP address range, build a complete list of IP addresses and help ensure they are correctly assigned. With SolarWinds IP Address Tracker, users can:

  • Track an unlimited number of IP addresses—determine which IP addresses are in use, which are not, and the last time an address was used
  • Consolidate IP addresses in a single repository
  • Automatically scan for IP address changes
  • Eliminate manual errors while ensuring that IP addresses are listed in the right place
  • Pre-populate key statistics like DNS and response time

Orion IP Address Manager

Orion IP Address Manager (IPAM) uses the Orion family's intuitive point-and-click interface to allow easy management of any IP address space. Orion IPAM maintains a dynamic list of IP addresses and allows engineers to plan for network growth, ensure IP space usage meets corporate standards, and reduce IP conflicts. The addition of Orion IPAM to an Orion NPM deployment gives network managers a single view for monitoring network devices for fault, performance, configuration, and IP address health indicators.

Orion IPAM allows network management teams to:

  • Manage entire IP infrastructure from an intuitive web-console
  • Consolidate IP addresses into a single repository
  • Keep better records by periodically scanning your network for IP address changes
  • Create, schedule and share reports on the IP address space percent utilization
  • Keep network devices up by identifying and eliminating IP address conflicts
  • Coordinate access to IP space and track changes through role-based access control
  • Easily identify non-responsive IP addresses to optimize IP space.

Users can find more information including tips from SolarWinds company experts, as well as peer support and perspectives on SolarWinds' products, including SolarWinds' free tools and the new Orion IPAM, at thwack, SolarWinds' online community. Integrated links within the products give SolarWinds customers the ability to search product forums, post questions, exchange custom scripts and templates, and immediately access valuable knowledge and resources directly from the community's more than 20,000 members.

Pricing and Availability

The SolarWinds IP Address Tracker is free and available for download on the SolarWinds site. Orion IPAM is available now and pricing starts at $1,995 (USD) for 1024 managed IPs, including first year maintenance. For more information, visit the SolarWinds website, download a free 30-day evaluation, or call 866.530.8100.

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds provides powerful, simple and affordable network management software to more than 80,000 customers worldwide – from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. Focused on the real-world needs of network professionals, SolarWinds products are downloadable, easy to use and maintain, and provide the power, scale, and flexibility needed to manage today's complex network environments. SolarWinds' growing online community, thwack, is a gathering-place for problem-solving, technology-sharing, and participating in product development for all of SolarWinds' products. Learn more today at http://www.solarwinds.com.

SolarWinds, SolarWinds.com, Thwack.com, and Orion are registered trademarks of SolarWinds. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Kenn Durrence
The Hoffman Agency
Phone: 408.975.3097
kdurrence@hoffman.com

Tiffany Nels
SolarWinds
Phone: +1-512.682.9545
pr@solarwinds.com