SolarWinds WPM

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Web Performance Monitor

Overview

Web performance monitoring provides you with an accurate sampling of your web sites and services from the viewpoint of your users/customers. SolarWinds’ web performance monitor (WPM) actively monitors web transactions from the end user’s point-of-view without requiring the use of agents, and provides intuitive user experience testing with dashboards to display alerts and graphs for websites on both sides of the firewall. You can drill into load times, user experience for complete transactions, page load speed by location, heaviest page elements, waterfall charts, and images not displaying as intended.

Test internal company Web application performance – all without agents

Internal web application monitoring for applications like CRM, ERP, and Help Desk. Because SolarWinds’ Website monitoring software is installed within your firewall, you can securely monitor websites, without agents.

Infrastructure & website performance monitoring in a single pane of glass

Identify and diagnose latency issues in CSS, HTML, JavaScript®, and 3rd-party plugins. Drill into infrastructure performance issues that affect website availability with expert level website monitoring tools.

 

WPM and Orion

WPM shares the Orion core engine with other SolarWinds products such as Server and Application Monitor (SAM), Net Performance Monitor (NPM), etc. Some features and functions within WPM are also shared. Therefore, features and functions in WPM may appear to be available when they are not. These features and functions are not utilized by WPM as a standalone product.

 

WPM Glossary of Terms

Here is a list of fundamental terms used within this product with which you should be familiar: Action – An action is considered a single event within a recording. An action can be, but is not limited to, text input into a field, a mouse click, a download, and so on.

Managed Transaction – A managed transaction is a transaction currently assigned to a location and actively reporting statistics to the web console. Managed transactions count against your license. Player – The Player is a Windows service simulating an end-user by playing back the steps of your transaction recordings. The results and timings are then reported back to the WPM Web Console, where the information can be viewed in various transaction resources. By installing the Player on remote computer systems, you form a cloud of Players that can sample the typical experiences of end-users in various locations around the world.

Recorder – The Recorder is a Windows program that records web browser steps as your perform them to simulate the typical steps taken by end-users. Typical actions recorded include mouse clicks, text input, file downloads, and matching text strings and images.

Recording – A recording is a series of navigational steps that are recorded. Once assigned to a location for playback, a recording becomes a transaction. A recording, in and of itself, does not count against your license.

Step – A step is a collection of actions within a transaction. For example, the actions required to navigate to a specific URL make up one step.

Transaction – A transaction is a recording of web browser steps assigned to a specific location. An assigned recording, or transaction, counts against your license.

Unmanaged Transaction – An unmanaged transaction is a transaction that is currently assigned to a specific location, but is purposely inactive and does not report statistics to the web console. When a transaction is unmanaged, the historical data is retained. Unmanaged transactions count against your license.

WPM Server and Web Console – The Web Console lets you play back your transactions on a schedule with intervals as short as one minute. The Web Console also lets you set thresholds on any step in a transaction when played back. These thresholds allow the WPM server to compare results and timings and warn you if a transaction indicates your end-users are experiencing service delays.

Features

Web service/SaaS application performance

Without relying on 3rd-party apps, proactively identify if slow Web services are impacting user experience.

Troubleshoot with detailed load time metrics

Identify and resolve slow webpage elements and transactions that affect overall website application performance.

New in V2.2, faster root cause analysis with relationship mapping

Monitor poor website user experience. Drill into infrastructure issues affecting website performance.

Browser-based transaction recorder. No scripting.

Record complex, multi-step transactions without scripting.

Monitor website user experience from multiple locations

Deploy transaction players to Amazon® EC2®and track user experience from multiple locations.

No surprises pricing model

To determine the number of licenses you need, multiply the number of recordings (transactions) you want by the number of locations you want.

Intuitive Web monitoring dashboard

Detect website performance issues based on location, transaction, page element, and monitor website load times.

Multi-tenant UI

SolarWinds Website monitoring software is great for large or MSP environments.

Web app & website performance reporting

Generate out-of-the-box and custom website performance reports including page load speeds, transaction health, website availability, etc.

Transaction alerting

Get notified via SMS or email for website performance and application issues before apps fail. Fix web performance issues before users are affected.

Cloud-based Web transaction monitoring

Quickly deploy transaction players to Amazon EC2® and run tests whenever you want.

Create custom properties

Give additional structure to your transactions, dynamic groups & account limitations with custom properties.