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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
8.4
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
5.3
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor
Application integration
ActiveBatch
7.6
SolarWinds Network Device Monitor

Pros

  • ActiveBatch does Microsoft SQL jobs well, providing centralized configurations.
  • The scheduling options and flexibility is very good in ActiveBatch.
  • The ability to restrict ActiveBatch users to specific areas of the application is easy to manage.
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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 Oracle connectivity and error detection is challenging and doesn't always work for us.
  • The UI for administration is overwhelming as first and could be simplified.
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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

  • I have not been involved in the purchase or contract negotiation of our Active Batch purchase, therefore am unable to comment on the ROI.
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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