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Score 8.5 out of 100

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Argus

[Argus is] the best property valuation tool on the market but you also can't really do any advanced property valuations without Argus. It's an industry standard and while there are competitors, they do not approach the same feature set or institutional usage the Argus has.
Robert Lombardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

You can use it while you sleep. My favorite part. If you are not aware of your systems health, don't worry it will tell you. Well first you need other modules from the SolarWinds toolkit. Your other teams will like this because of the flexibility it provides integrating. You now have a centralize system with the ability to give you a good nights rest. If you have silos you will need to review how you can segment your systems, especially security from network.
Fernando Villamil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Argus

  • Financial forecasting
  • Property Valuation
  • Improves Decision Making
Robert Lombardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Configuration Comparison Tool is great since you can quickly compare configs in a single pane of glass. To make things easier to identify, NCM will highlight the differences.
  • Vulnerability reporting on all current versions of Cisco IOS/NXOS software. NCM will identify the version of firmware you are using and also list the most well known CVE vulnerabilities that are associated with each version.
  • I appreciate NCM is vendor agnostic. It will consume configs from any network device. It can also be customized to look for certain strings that are missing or to look for certain strings that are present. Very flexible and since it isn't vendor specific, I don't feel like I'm being forced to buy a certain manufacturer to obtain all of the 'features' like I do with other products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Argus

  • Price
  • Only game in town
Robert Lombardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • The NCM does not work particularly well out of the box on some not so popular network hardware like Ubiquiti, Fluid Mesh and others
  • The auto-select device does not always work and sometimes you have to modify a template to get the full backup to work. SolarWinds tech support can help with this if you are not familiar
  • The email notifications of the backups and the deltas are very simple html. It would be nice to see some improvement on the output there. Looks about 10 years old...
Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Argus

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 8.0
Based on 4 answers
I simply love this product for what it does. it backups our configs and stores them so i don't have to worry about if we have current configs. It allows me to recover from a cisco failure in a matter of minutes rather than hours. I only have to copy and paste instead of recreate. so the maximum downtime we have is the time it takes to get the physical hardware replaced
Aaron Coody | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Argus

Argus 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Argus is the type of program that is very difficult to just sit down and figure out. Our analysts must have formal training in order to use it. The standard is a three day classroom course that is offered on a pretty regular basis.
Robert Lombardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.2
Based on 8 answers
The user interface is lacking. It is difficult to navigate at times and things can be done multiple ways. Quite often I am confused by how their notification structure works. It is not very intuitive. They do offer a free Academy. They also offer a community of other technical folks. I have enjoyed both.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Argus

Argus 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Support is pretty good. The techs are pretty knowledgeable about the product and confident. You don't feel like they are just going through the knowledgebase and they are easy to understand. I have also never been stuck on hold for a long period of time to speak to someone.
Robert Lombardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.1
Based on 13 answers
To be fair, I have not had to involve Support in a number of years, but when I did, I was greeted with enthusiastic engineers who wanted to understand and solve the issue. It was a fairly complex scenario and I have discovered in my most recent implementation that engineering included that option as a standard now.
Wyant Niswonger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Argus

No score
No answers yet
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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 9.1
Based on 6 answers
Change management played a key role in our organisation. We didn't have any major downtime but it was crucial for us to get his product.
Nandini pallipamu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Argus

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

We have a very diverse IT environment (Cisco/Palo Alto, VMWare, Cisco UC, SD-WAN, Windows Servers) and we wanted to have one suite of software that we could manage as many of our different areas in one single pane of glass. SolarWinds allows the network team, VOIP team, Storage and Systems teams to all use the same platform to get their monitoring, alerting and reporting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Argus

  • It is costly
  • But the best tool out there
  • A vital decision making tool.
Robert Lombardo | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Prior to breaking the baseline function, NCM was considered our most valuable network tool. Without adding any additional FTEs, we could ensure we maintained current backups, ensured consistent application of security settings and can monitor for unauthorized changes.
  • For a very little additional cost, we vastly improved our network security and availability.
Graham Clarkson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Argus

General

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

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

General

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

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