According to SolarWinds, the Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor software allows users to:
- enter device information and log-in credentials;
- run discovery to list all available interfaces;
- and then choose one to monitor.
Admittedly, freemium software, free trials and free tools are common across the managed services software market. N-able Technologies has been the most vocal freemium proponent over the past two years, offering MSPs free basic managed services licenses to help MSPs blanket the market with monitoring software. From there, the N-able MSPs upsell customers on full-blown proactive management. Also, Spiceworks promotes a free, advertising-driven service to help VARs and MSPs monitor networks.
MSPmentor is intrigued by SolarWinds' strategy because we keep hearing rumblings about SolarWinds revving up a channel strategy that will increasingly involve MSPs. Also, Kaseya -- which has a large base of MSPs -- has been gearing up to counter SolarWinds on the network monitoring front. We're curious to see if SolarWinds and Kaseya are on a collision course...