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SolarWinds Launches New Orion Module That Gives Users Powerful Software to Troubleshoot, Optimize WAN Performance Through the Power of Cisco IP SLA

Orion IP SLA Manager allows network teams to turn any IP SLA-enabled device into a remote monitoring station

AUSTIN, Texas – September 29, 2009 – SolarWinds® (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful, simple and affordable network management software to more than 85,000 customers worldwide, today announced a new addition to the Orion® product family, Orion IP SLA Manager.  The new module, which replaces Orion VoIP Monitor, offers network teams the ability to easily harness Cisco® IP Service Level Agreement (IP SLA) technology, generating network and services performance data to identify site-specific or WAN-related network performance issues.

“With every new feature and module that we introduce, like Orion IP SLA Manager, we are evolving the Orion management suite to meet the current demands of enterprise-class network management.  We work closely with partners and customers to deliver software that is both powerful and affordable, and gives users the broadest perspective on network performance available. ”   – said Kenny Van Zant, SVP and chief product strategist, SolarWinds.

Businesses are increasingly distributed across multiple locations creating added complexity in maintaining WAN performance. IP SLA is a network performance measurement technology that allows users to analyze specific transport metrics from a Cisco IP SLA-capable device to another Cisco router or IP device, continuously monitoring traffic on the network. This “de-centralized” view of network performance facilitates more precise identification of traffic trouble spots and accelerates response time. Until now, deploying the technology has been difficult; due in part to the dependency on command line interface (CLI) prompts to both configure and read results, but also due to the complexity in interpreting the results across multiple devices and network protocols.

SolarWinds Orion IP SLA Manager
Orion IP SLA Manager allows users to monitor WAN performance by tracking key edge-to-edge router performance statistics through IP SLA technology.  The module identifies which devices on the network support IP SLA technology and automatically sets up operations, eliminating guesswork. 

Combining Orion IP SLA with Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) and Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) – which support monitoring of volume-based data – offers network management teams a more comprehensive perspective on network performance.  And, as an Orion module, users will recognize the intuitive point and click interface, Top 10 lists, alerts, reports and maps that they know and trust.

Orion IP SLA Manager Highlights:
•    Monitor WAN network performance using IP SLA technology that’s already built into existing Cisco routers
•    Visualize site-to-site network performance on a clickable, drill-down map
•    Discover and automatically setup Cisco IP SLA-capable network devices with specific IP SLA operations
•    Quickly review WAN performance to determine the impact on key applications
•    View at-a-glance WAN performance with the Top 10 IP SLA dashboard
•    Monitor VoIP performance statistics, including MOS, jitter, network latency, and packet loss

SolarWinds also offers a free tool, IP SLA Monitor, which offers real-time IP SLA statistics one network path at a time.

Additional Resources
Orion IP SLA Manager
Video: SolarWinds’ Head Geek Introduces IP SLA

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 IP SLA Manager, 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 25,000 members.

Pricing and Availability
•    The SolarWinds Orion IP SLA Manager pricing starts at $1,495, including first year maintenance.
•    Orion IP SLA requires an installation of Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM). Pricing starts at $2,475 for Orion NPM, including first year maintenance.
•    For more information, visit the SolarWinds Web site to download a free 30-day evaluation or to make an immediate purchase. 

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds provides powerful, simple and affordable network management software to more than 85,000 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.


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