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Score 7.1 out of 100

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Score 8.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Argus is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Argus

100%
1 Rating
8.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

87%
138 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Argus

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
4 Ratings

Usability

5.0

Argus

50%
1 Rating
7.1

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

71%
8 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Argus

90%
1 Rating
7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
13 Ratings

Online Training

Argus

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

100%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

Argus

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

91%
6 Ratings

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)

If your IT team isn't proficient in automation and scripting, Solarwinds NCM can fill that gap (assuming your company's security team signs off on approving SW in your environment given the hack.) Basic device configuration, pushing mass changes reliably and backups are NCM's strong suites. If you have a complex scenario where if/then cases are needed, NCM is a bit lack luster. Auto discovery isn't as easy either as certain parameters need to be met for that feature to work 100% of the time
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Argus

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

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Integrates with Network Performance Management for Alerting and Reporting.
  • NetPath and detects issues due to Configuration Change.
  • Keeps a record of which user made the change.
  • Which devices are not being backed up, devices where backups are failing, dashboard and alerting available.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Argus

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

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • For our use case, it does everything great and some of the features we underutilize but I would like to be able to set a configuration baseline when initially adding a node instead of after the configuration is pulled but it's not a particularly big deal to let it pull the configuration then set it as the baseline.
James Jakimowicz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Argus

General

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

Starting Price

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Argus

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

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.7
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) 7.1
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) 7.7
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

Online Training

Argus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Solarwinds has actually produced new training since I last used it that is available on their site at any time. Their previous training was more than enough to get us started but now there is significantly more content. Since I'm comfortable with the Orion platform and the products we use I haven't checked the new training out yet but we have new staff go through portions of that training and they always come away with an understanding of the platform and ready to use it
James Jakimowicz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Argus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is a great tool and matches much of the functionality of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager. Nothing about Ansible will likely be overwhelming to an engineer with a little time to spare, but that spare time combined with SolarWinds already being our monitoring tool made the decision easy. Time is at a premium in small teams and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is very easy to use right out of the box without all the tweaking required by powerful command line driven tools like Ansible.
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)

  • The time savings from automatic daily backups is significant
  • The compare configuration tool is super helpful at spotting errors when small changes occur that are hard to detect otherwise.
  • The compliance check tool saves countless hours going through configurations for errors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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