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What's Hiding in Your Closet? SolarWinds Introduces New, Low-Cost Switch Port Mapper Tool to Help Take Inventory of Device and User Connections

SolarWinds Invites IT Pros to Submit the Best Clean, Catastrophic and Creative Cabling Jobs (February 16, 2011)

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 02/16/11 -- Network administrators and IT infrastructure engineers spend a significant amount of time mapping out the connections to switches, tracing cables, identifying duplex mismatches, and investigating spanning tree issues. To help make tracking down users and switch ports quick, easy and reliable, SolarWinds® Inc. (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the release of a new low-cost tool -- Switch Port Mapper.

To support the release of Switch Port Mapper, SolarWinds is inviting IT Pros to share photos and videos of their wiring closet mayhem and mastery through March 9 for a chance to win some of the company's coveted geek gear.

Contest participants must first create a video or take a photo of their cabling masterpiece and then post it for the geek universe to admire on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, their blog or website, or SolarWinds' online community, thwack. Finally, participants submit their photo or video link using SolarWinds' official contest form, or simply attach their photo or video directly to the form.

SolarWinds will post the submissions on its Facebook page, and announce the winner of the best Clean, Catastrophic and Creative cabling jobs on March 16 when SolarWinds' Head Geek, Josh Stephens, reviews all the entries. The contest is open only to legal residents of the United States. For more details regarding the contest instructions, and terms and conditions, please visit SolarWinds' Facebook page.

One of the most popular tools in the SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset, Switch Port Mapper is now available as a standalone tool for just $195. With Switch Port Mapper, IT professionals can remotely discover the users and devices connected to each port on Ethernet switches along with detailed device and port configuration information such as connected MAC address, IP address, Hostname, port speed, duplex, and much more.

"Every network engineer or system administrator needs a number of affordable, go-to tools in their daily arsenal to help troubleshoot and repair network problems," said Josh Stephens, SolarWinds' Head Geek and VP of Technology. "Switch Port Mapper dramatically simplifies what's historically been a manual and time-consuming procedure, saving network engineers countless hours in the wiring closet or at CLI, and ultimately reducing the mean time to resolution for common troubleshooting tasks."

Switch Port Mapper highlights:

  • Remotely discover devices connected to each port on Ethernet switches
  • Obtain detailed connected device information for each port
  • Enable/disable ports with a single click
  • Multi-vendor device support for any manageable switch
  • Identify port speed and duplex mismatches
  • Multiple export options, including CSV, XML and HTML

Additional Resources
Video: What's Hiding in Your Closet? Enter SolarWinds' Cabling Contest
SolarWinds' Facebook page

Pricing and Availability
SolarWinds Switch Port Mapper costs $195 and is available for download on the SolarWinds' Kiwi Syslog website.

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide - from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. We work to put our users first and remove the obstacles that have become "status quo" in traditional enterprise software. SolarWinds products are downloadable, easy to use and maintain, and provide the power, scale, and flexibility needed to address users' management priorities. Our online user community, thwack, is a gathering-place where tens of thousands of IT pros solve problems, share technology, and participate in product development for all of SolarWinds' products. Learn more today at

SolarWinds,, and Orion are registered trademarks of SolarWinds. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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