Runt Packet – SolarWinds Orion NPMv10 With Head Geek Josh Stephens

SolarWinds Orion fanboy Ethan talks to the Head Geek at SolarWinds, Josh Stephens.  The discussion is around Orion Network Performance Monitor v.10.  If you haven’t checked out Orion in a few years, it’s all grown up now.  Ethan’s implementing Orion NPM and loving it, and had a nice chat with Josh about the core Orion features.

Sure, it sounds like a softball interview, but frankly, the Orion product is working as advertised in Ethan’s experience thus far – it doesn’t suck.  Give the runt a listen, and leave your comments with the hard questions that weren’t asked.  Maybe we can get Josh back on for a tougher Q&A session.

Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 3M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks
Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks
  • Jon

    The Solarwinds Runt packet was a little too much like an Advertisement.

    • Ethan Banks


  • Mike

    I've used Orion NPM extensively over the past six months and it really is an excellent product. My basic theory on software is that it is all garbage. NPM surprised me in a very pleasant way. It was trivial to setup relative to other similar products, it almost always had the feature I needed for a particular task and while it hasn't been perfect on the reliability front it's been very close which puts it well ahead of other products I use on a daily basis. Yes, I'm talking about you HP Network Automation.

    On the cost side, they are also a great value compared to just about anything else I've seen. Particularly given the reliability and functionality they provide.