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ActiveBatch

7 Ratings
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Score 8.6 out of 101

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

9 Ratings
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Score 9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch

It's great for basic tasks or tasks that need to run in a certain sequence. Especially import/export jobs, where the next step can only work when the previous job has completed. It does have some issues where a tasks may run into an error (file location not available) and may not always prevent itself from continuing to run the job.
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SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

I believe that SolarWinds Network Device Monitor is well suited for any business that needs to monitor critical infrastructure to provide high availability. Small business with non critical equipment that can afford to be down for a few hours I would say that it would be less appropriate.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch
6.9
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch
8.1
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch
8.5
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor
Logging
ActiveBatch
5.0
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor
Alerts and notifications
ActiveBatch
7.0
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor
Analysis and visualization
ActiveBatch
5.4
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor
Application integration
ActiveBatch
7.6
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

Pros

  • Easy to automate mundane tasks. Take all those batch files spread across your environment and put them in one application for management.
  • Good support site and knowledge base. If you run into issues, the support is quick to respond and assist with a resolution or advice.
  • Additional 'extensions' (plug-ins) are available, to aid ActiveBatch with interfacing with other platforms (AWS, Sharepoint, IBM and VMWare).
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  • Hardware health status
  • Power supply status of the Network Devices
  • Transmit/Discard errors
  • High Latency
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Cons

  • The manual could provide more examples of how to create certain jobs, otherwise you will need to check the site or call support to aid with creation.
  • Dashboard presentation could be worked on, to help present an overview for management.
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  • Vulnerability Management
  • Vulnerability Patching
  • Hardware firmware recommendation
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Alternatives Considered

N/A - It was already in place when I was on the scene, but like I said earlier it is much more powerful than SQL Server Agent and probably anything we would've come up with from scratch using .Net. However if your needs are small and traffic is light, then maybe SQL Server Agent or something smaller and less powerful (and less expensive) than ActiveBatch would work just fine.
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I selected SolarWinds Network Device Monitor for 2 main reasons, functionality and support
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Return on Investment

  • Saves employees time and sanity, from having to manually run tasks at certain times.
  • Cost is not overly expensive, considering the amount of platforms it integrates with "out of the box."
  • Takes control of sensitive processes, and runs them confidentially. Alerts management when completed.
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  • Return on Investment
  • Quick and informative alerts on new issues
  • Alerting is the main key for a quick remediation on unexpected issues.
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Pricing Details

ActiveBatch

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details

SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details