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Likelihood to Recommend

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is an excellent tool to consolidate and version all your text-based configuration files for Routers, Switches, Load Balancers, Firewalls, etc. It handles the most popular vendors and you can keep a series of previous backups. SolarWinds Network Configuration manager allows for centralized and scheduled changes and full network automation. Configuration files can be bundled up and stored off-site for disaster recovery.
Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

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

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Back up my configuration. Critical when system failures occur.
  • View firmware version(s) across multiple devices, then compare them for the same model or type.
  • Restore and apply changes for one or multiple devices.
  • Run reports on firmware version and compliance to standards.
Fernando Villamil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

  • 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.
Abe Shaker | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Improve the visibility into other popular platforms beside Cisco. It does seem to be Cisco leaning just a little.
  • Baseline management is a little clunky. I'd like to see it made just a little more user friendly. For example, when writing the baseline configuration, identifying lines that you want to ignore can be very cumbersome.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Meets our business requirements
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.8
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

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to configure and use.
Anonymous | 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

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Exceed Expectations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.4
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

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Plan it out based on your requirements.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

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
Todd Adams | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

  • 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?"
Anonymous | 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

Broadcom Unified Infrastructure Management

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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