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Score 7.6 out of 100

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Attribute Ratings

  • Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating
  • SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.0

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

70%
6 Ratings
8.8

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

88%
143 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

90%
1 Rating
7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
4 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

90%
1 Rating
7.1

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

71%
8 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

90%
2 Ratings
7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
13 Ratings

Online Training

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

100%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

9.0

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

90%
2 Ratings
9.1

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

91%
6 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Broadcom

Well Suited: - Multiple units (you may split Nimsoft per Groups, companies, etc.) - When your Business Teams NEED Dashboards (they'll love it after they learn how to use, for example, if they discover that the may even run SQL queries together with monitor the webpage of the application, and display business data) Less appropriate: - If you are beginning to monitor your environment (because you need to know your environment at least a little bit to check if the entire set of monitoring Nimsoft plugins will really help you or you will only use it to ping your application) - If you don't have at least one (i do recommend 2 or 3 after some short time) people dedicated to deploy and fine-tune the monitoring. The tool is really good, but if you don't have anyone working on it, you will notice that you're spending money in an elephant to kill an ant or worst, that you passed the entire year, and still have the same problems of the last year, cause no one put the hands enough time in the tool. I saw this happening during the first year when I was the only one working with the tool and still supporting the entire team.
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SolarWinds

Solarwinds Network configuration manager is great and robust for a high ended environment where we have hundreds and thousands of devices and tools for configuration and monitoring. And if the scope is limited, I don't think it is appropriate to use it there.
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Pros

Broadcom

  • Ease of management
  • Unified platform
  • Depth of infrastructure management. Has numerous probes which can help you monitor every aspect of your environment.
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SolarWinds

  • 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.
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Cons

Broadcom

  • I'd like to see improvements in inventory management. Currently node management isn't as efficient as I'd like.
  • I also see a big opportunity to offer greater customization in the Detail Tab. I'd like the ability to pick and chose which metrics are displayed by default in the Detail Tab snapshot.
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SolarWinds

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Likelihood to Renew

      Broadcom

      Meets our business requirements
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      SolarWinds

      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
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      Usability

      Broadcom

      Easy to configure and use.
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      SolarWinds

      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.
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      Support Rating

      Broadcom

      Exceed Expectations.
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      SolarWinds

      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.
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      Online Training

      Broadcom

      No answers on this topic

      SolarWinds

      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
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      Implementation Rating

      Broadcom

      Plan it out based on your requirements.
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      SolarWinds

      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.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Broadcom

      All tools have their own gaps , some seem to do more than others, some just work better. With UIM we have found a sweet spot with features, price point, pros, cons, etc
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      SolarWinds

      At the time SolarWinds was the biggest player in the space and their whole portfolio was very comprehensive. As time progressed and newer technologies came about (i.e. SDWAN) their products couldn't keep up with the consumer demands and changing market. Security became such a big focus that once Solarwinds got hacked we had to remove all their products from our environment
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      Return on Investment

      Broadcom

      • Business Units love It - Good for them, but worse for the IT Team until we share the responsibility of the dashboards.
      • If no one put their hands on it, it will take some time to give results. I'm talking about environments with 400 devices, for example, in something about 6 months to one year, if no one is dedicated, and depending on the consulting company. Some, even certified by CA, was not good. If possible, try to use CA services directly.
      • IT Teams, after they start to notice that the tool really work, will want to monitor everything. Depending on the company, this will be more or less easy to measure, as ROI. And I'm telling this because usually IT teams don't know how to sell them to C-Levels, and the tool, because of the price, is always a motivation to questions like: "What is this tool? Do you really need it? Is there another way to monitor this?"
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      SolarWinds

      • Saves 100s of hours a year in man hours over manual configuration.
      • Saved easily 50k in lost revenue when a switch rebooted with months old unsaved configuration. NCM let us quickly restore a snapshot of the running config from the previous day.
      • Saves us several man hours per week of config auditing by reducing all changes to a summary email.
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