New tools for Palo Alto Networks environments, enhancements to Orion platform aim to simplify management, improve scalability
IT monitoring and management specialist SolarWinds today announced a refresh of its network management portfolio, which includes new Network Insight support for Palo Alto environments, as well as enhancements to the vendor’s Orion platform that promise greater data visibility and scalability.
The Lowdown: With Network Insight for Palo Alto Networks, users can analyze security policies, understand how they’ve changed over time, and inspect traffic flowing through governed devices, officials said. Network Insight for Palo Alto Networks is available now in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), Network Configuration Manager (NCM), and User Device Tracker (UDT).
The Details: The broad portfolio refresh adds a number of other updates, including:
• Customizable Orion Maps, drawn from status and performance data in the Orion Platform, that can be added to any dashboard
• Centralized upgrades for users looking to upgrade large, distributed environments from a single location
• New deployment options in Orion for Azure SQL Database to complement existing support for AWS RDS
• Updated NetFlow Traffic Analyzer with support for IPv6
• VoIP & Network Quality Manager for real-time call metrics and SIP trunk utilization from the Cisco Unified Border Element
• IP Address Manager self-service portal for IP address requests with improved notifications and added ability to add custom fields and process requests
The Buzz: “Today, running a network is essential to running a business. Monitoring has to move beyond element management,” said Mav Turner, vice president of product strategy at SolarWinds. “IT pros need to understand the services that their devices provide to the network, and how that impacts the business.”
“Every day, IT pros are expected to do more with less,” Turner continued. “We believe visibility is the key to uncovering and resolving most IT problems. Tech pros told us they didn’t have visibility into the primary function of critical devices in their network, so we created Network Insight to solve for that blind spot.”