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NPM hardware requirements

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The following table lists minimum hardware requirements and recommendations for your SolarWinds server on physical computers, virtual computers, and cloud instances.

Use the minimum hardware configuration if you are evaluating the product or do not anticipate heavy usage.

SolarWinds strongly suggests using the recommended hardware configuration to avoid potential performance issues caused by a heavy load or custom configurations such as increased data retention or more frequent polling intervals.

Installing multiple SolarWindsOrion Platform products on the same computer may change the requirements.

Hardware requirements are listed by deployment size, based on the SolarWinds NPM license levels.

CPU recommendations for XL deployments use the PassMark Score. To learn more, see Pass Mark Performance Test (Copyright © 2018 PassMark® Software, obtained at on April 9, 2018).


SL100, SL250, SL500





XL (Up to 400,000 monitored elements. Monitoring over 12,000 elements requires additional polling engines.)


Quad core processor or better

Quad core processor or better

Quad core processor or better

CPUs with a total combined PassMark score of 7,000 or higher

Do not enable Physical Address Extension (PAE).

Hard drive space

10 GB minimum

20 GB recommended

15 GB minimum

40 GB recommended

30 GB minimum

40 GB recommended

40 GB minimum

50 GB recommended

Read/Write I/O performance of 800 IOPS

Two 146 GB 15K (RAID 1/Mirrored Settings) hard drives are recommended with a dedicated drive for the server operating system and SolarWinds installation.

Some common files may need to be installed on the same drive as your server operating system. You may want to move or expand the Windows temporary directories.


6 GB minimum

8 GB recommended

8 GB minimum

16 GB recommended

16 GB minimum

32 GB recommended

16 GB minimum

32 GB recommended

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