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2 months ago
Software security should be addressed under three heads - Patch status, Configuration status and Vulnerability status. Patch Compliance: ensures that "all known issues" with the software are addressed. Please do note that the software can mean - Operating system software or…
3 months ago
It may not be mandatory for conducting a security review before procuring Infrastructure monitoring tools but understanding the security concerns and planning a security monitoring platform goes a long way. You can adopt a sectional approach and address each security…
9 months ago
Licenses for SAM can be really expensive if you go by the traditional model of calculating "monitors" per server. These are typically individual parameters being monitored by the SAM module. The "newer" licensing model takes away the pain of calculating the individual…
9 months ago
The NCM is a very useful tool for managing your network device configuration backups as well as configuration security checks. The configuration security compliance works best for Cisco devices, though would like SolarWinds to expand this to other vendors too. Other good…
11 months ago
AppStack & AppInsights are great features to explore.  AppStack shows up a nice visualization of how the Application is stacked up on the server infrastructure that displays the application group, server, virtual hypervisor host, storage, volumes making it very easy for the…
About 1 year ago
Not Patching is like driving a car without a spare wheel in a jungle terrain. Regular patching safeguards you from at least the known perils.
Over 1 year ago
For Synthetic monitoring, a probe may be used from various geographies to simulate the communication between the user and the application.  SEUM - Synthetic End User Monitoring will help in creating a TCP waterfall chart to measure the performance of the Application at each…
Over 1 year ago
Common aspects of Solarwinds NPM and NetScout - Provide information pertaining to the network - latency, response time, the path taken, traffic info Key differences - Use of different techniques - SNMP vs Packet capture SNMP may give you added information like node…
Almost 5 years ago
Would prefer Solarwinds for the following reasons - Tight integration with major vendors - Cisco, Arista, Juniper and more New NetPath feature enables faster troubleshooting Scales well to support larger setups Modular platform to include Servers, Applications, NetFlow,…

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