Documentation forSolarWinds Platformand Orion Platform

How SolarWinds Platform products work

This topic applies to all SolarWinds Platform products.

SolarWinds Platform products monitor the health and performance of your network through ICMP, SNMP, WMI, API, and Syslog communication and data collection.

A simple centralized SolarWinds Platform deployment includes at least two servers:

  • The main SolarWinds Platform server where you install your SolarWinds Platform products. This server includes the Main polling engine and the SolarWinds Platform Web Console.
  • A separate server to install the SolarWinds Platform database.

The polling engine requests real-time statistics from monitored devices in your environment. The data are provided through the selected polling method, such as SNMP or WMI.

Polled data are processed and stored in the SolarWinds Platform database.

Data are requested from the database and displayed in SolarWinds Platform Web Console.

See Orion Scalability Engine guidelines for information about scaling your SolarWinds Platform product.