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Score 8.6 out of 100

SolarWinds NPM

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Feature Set Ratings

    Network Performance Monitoring

    Cisco DNA Center

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    SolarWinds NPM

    82%
    SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) ranks higher in 10/10 features

    Automated network device discovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    207 Ratings

    Network monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    229 Ratings

    Baseline threshold calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    199 Ratings

    Alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    226 Ratings

    Network capacity planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    186 Ratings

    Packet capture analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    129 Ratings

    Network mapping

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    188 Ratings

    Customizable reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    210 Ratings

    Wireless infrastructure monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    150 Ratings

    Hardware health monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    213 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.6

    Cisco DNA Center

    86%
    56 Ratings
    9.0

    SolarWinds NPM

    90%
    233 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco DNA Center

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9

    SolarWinds NPM

    89%
    23 Ratings

    Usability

    8.3

    Cisco DNA Center

    83%
    7 Ratings
    9.8

    SolarWinds NPM

    98%
    17 Ratings

    Availability

    Cisco DNA Center

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    SolarWinds NPM

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    Cisco DNA Center

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.5

    SolarWinds NPM

    55%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.8

    Cisco DNA Center

    88%
    41 Ratings
    9.5

    SolarWinds NPM

    95%
    40 Ratings

    Online Training

    Cisco DNA Center

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.4

    SolarWinds NPM

    64%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco DNA Center

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    16 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Cisco DNA Center

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco DNA Center

    When you have relaxed calendar for migrating to [Cisco] DNA Center, it perfectly do the automation job. As setting it up very time consuming, it requires flexibility on operations. In a tight calendar, [Cisco] DNA Center migration is a stressful process.While it is the perfect tool as a network automation product with various vendor support, you may also need to consider is it fully compatible with your current devices on your network. As we were setting up a new infrastructure, we purchased all equipment compatible with Cisco's solution.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    SolarWinds NPM

    NPM is well suited for small to medium-sized organizations. It does the basic functions of a network monitoring suite very well however some of the more advanced features aren't as straightforward. Basic up/down email alerts work well but there are obviously many solutions that do this as well. I wouldn't recommend NPM for very large organizations because the server needed to support that many devices.
    Curt Sminkey | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Cisco DNA Center

    • Ease of automation and configuration templates make the future you very glad you did it!
    • The PnP for switches that allow to boot up and contact the network with a pre-configuration is so amazing. Makes life easy!
    • Integrates well with our ISE platform, they have really made it well worth the cost to have everything with the name CISCO on your equipment. All of their devices work so well with this software.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    SolarWinds NPM

    • Out of the Monitoring of almost all Network Devices.
    • Build custom pollers to monitor which is not supported out of the box.
    • Further you can alert on these custom metrics and Out of the box metrics.
    • It provides you great dashboards, Reports features.
    • You can integrate it with any MoM layer tools either using its API or sending out traps.
    • Out of the box Integration with Service Now ITSM Tool.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Cisco DNA Center

    • En el data Center, integrando los equipos que se encuentra en el corazon de la red y previniendo que esten actualizados // For Data Centers, integrating equipment that is the core of a network, and preventing them from being updated
    • En las diferentes areas del campus para poder monitorizar el funcionamiento de los dispositivos // Improving remote monitoring of devices
    • En la identificacion de problemas de seguridad de los dispositivos de red // Improving identification of network security issues
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    SolarWinds NPM

    • Configuring thresholds for your alerts can be a little cumbersome.
    • Getting additional details onto the alerts is not as easy as it could be.
    • You need to have two servers to run SolarWinds NPM, one for the service and a separate one for the database.
    Matthew Harper | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cisco DNA Center

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Cisco DNA Center Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    SolarWinds NPM

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0 Starting Price

    SolarWinds NPM Editions & Modules

    Edition
    NPM$1,5831
    1. Starting Price
    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco DNA Center

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds NPM

    SolarWinds NPM 8.9
    Based on 23 answers
    The entire IT staff relies on NPM in its daily operations. It would be impossible for us to maintain our level of service without it. If SolarWinds gets to proud of their product and begins to over charge for it, we would be forced to reconsider and use a different product. But as it stands it is worth the price to renew it.
    Dwain Erhart | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Cisco DNA Center

    Cisco DNA Center 8.3
    Based on 7 answers
    Yes, it did make tasks simplified in many ways. We can check all the network requirements and even check statistics in a single place, which makes the overall process fast and efficient. Also, it helps in minimizing configuration errors; the processes which used to take days can be done in hours.
    Pranjal Mittal | TrustRadius Reviewer

    SolarWinds NPM

    SolarWinds NPM 9.8
    Based on 17 answers
    SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is quite an extensive product, covering all our bases and requirements. There are a lot of customizable options and features which you can work with for their alerting which is really useful. I haven't found anything yet which I thought SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) could do, but it actually couldn't so overall it works nicely and does the job.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco DNA Center

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds NPM

    SolarWinds NPM 8.2
    Based on 2 answers
    Has never failed me
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Performance

    Cisco DNA Center

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds NPM

    SolarWinds NPM 5.5
    Based on 2 answers
    Pages load slow, especially the bettors map. Could be that my server is old.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Cisco DNA Center

    Cisco DNA Center 8.8
    Based on 41 answers
    Overall support for Cisco DNA Software is fairly good. Whenever we have a question that needs an answer and we are unable to figure out, we reach out to the support team. They are able to figure out our needs and provide the proper support. They are always available via email or phone call.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    SolarWinds NPM

    SolarWinds NPM 9.5
    Based on 40 answers
    In all of the times that we called support, someone at SolarWinds had the answer for us in a timely manner. Through thwack and other internet searching, we have been able to resolve all of our issues that arose to our satisfaction. The support staff have always been knowledgeable of their products or had a fellow support staff member to rely on to get the needed answers.
    Jim Arendt | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Online Training

    Cisco DNA Center

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds NPM

    SolarWinds NPM 6.4
    Based on 1 answer
    Would like an in person course
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco DNA Center

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds NPM

    SolarWinds NPM 7.3
    Based on 16 answers
    Make sure your inventory is accurate. Stand up some virtual machines for testing prior to installation. Make sure your database and its credentials are setup. Think about things you want to monitor that may not be obvious - UPS units, Door hardware, PBX systems, Fabric Channel switches, firewalls, routers, switches. Try to setup SNMP on these devices and have an IP that you will assign to the new server. If you do that it will go well.
    Dwain Erhart | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco DNA Center

    Meraki does what should be expected at it's price point, but it is geared to SMB. When it comes to enterprise networks, DNA Center is the clear path forward. It allows for more devices than just the ones it configures, it provides more customization and on boarding options, and the control stays within the organization. The DNA Center telemetry provides a more robust reporting than the Meraki dashboard, and again, the data stays on site. I see both being important in their own ways, but Meraki falls short in larger enterprises, and that is where DNA Center shines the most.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    SolarWinds NPM

    We selected SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor because of the capabilities of the product versus the price. The tools also work well with their other products and support is fairly good. We have never had a problem when we needed to make a call.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Cisco DNA Center

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds NPM

    SolarWinds NPM 7.3
    Based on 1 answer
    From the direction and information I have been given it is very flexible and scalelable
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Cisco DNA Center

    • Efficient time spent elsewhere. I can spend my time troubleshooting other portions of the network instead of housekeeping current gear.
    • Assistance with inventory; it keeps an inventory of all the devices you add to it, so it can serve as an inventory of equipment if that's what you'd like from it.
    • Visibility; we can see more of the status of our gear, if it's unreachable, or if things are misbehaving the dashboard shows that there are irregularities.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    SolarWinds NPM

    • The impact is largely on the positive side as ROI figures are on the rise.
    • The licensing model is appropriately designed to meet every need. We have an XLS license and with the addition of an APE license, we can easily extend our scope.
    • SolarWinds has helped in the creation of business use cases for network equipment or bandwidth investments. With capacity planning, we can accurately size our Infra.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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