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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Attribute Ratings

  • SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

80%
1 Rating
8.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

87%
138 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
4 Ratings

Usability

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

N/A
0 Ratings
7.2

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

72%
8 Ratings

Support Rating

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
13 Ratings

Online Training

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

100%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

91%
6 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

So not everyone is in need of a smart AI checking their network metrics looking for issues before they happen or finding and alerting on problems that the network staff may not have noticed, but if you have the budget for it, it could be a huge time saver for your whole department.
Anonymous | 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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

  • Smart AI that learns your network.
  • Machine learning that can find performance bottlenecks and issues.
  • After configuration you don't have to spend a lot of time managing it.
Anonymous | 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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

  • May require an implementer to get this set up and running.
  • For a software based service that you can run on your own VM's, price is still very high.
  • The first setup can be a bear and you will need much help from TAC.
Anonymous | 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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

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

Cisco DNA Analytics and Assurance

  • Loads of time saved diagnosing network issues.
  • Much effort saved having to determine network performance metrics by hand.
  • The Cisco brand is generally safe and trusted so you get that additional peace of mind.
Anonymous | 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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