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Score 8.1 out of 100

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco DNA Software

It is suited if you want to automate the output. It delivers intelligence and security and switching to the software is easy in terms of transition. However, it requires a tour to start using the software for first-timers as it is not that user friendly. The new innovations in the software are focusing on the interface also.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

You can use it while you sleep. My favorite part. If you are not aware of your systems health, don't worry it will tell you. Well first you need other modules from the SolarWinds toolkit. Your other teams will like this because of the flexibility it provides integrating. You now have a centralize system with the ability to give you a good nights rest. If you have silos you will need to review how you can segment your systems, especially security from network.
Fernando Villamil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco DNA Software

  • Automation
  • Accessibility
  • Ease of configuration
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Configuration Comparison Tool is great since you can quickly compare configs in a single pane of glass. To make things easier to identify, NCM will highlight the differences.
  • Vulnerability reporting on all current versions of Cisco IOS/NXOS software. NCM will identify the version of firmware you are using and also list the most well known CVE vulnerabilities that are associated with each version.
  • I appreciate NCM is vendor agnostic. It will consume configs from any network device. It can also be customized to look for certain strings that are missing or to look for certain strings that are present. Very flexible and since it isn't vendor specific, I don't feel like I'm being forced to buy a certain manufacturer to obtain all of the 'features' like I do with other products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco DNA Software

  • Requires a lot of configuration
  • Could have more tutorials online
  • Not a very big community
Nadyan Pscheidt | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • The NCM does not work particularly well out of the box on some not so popular network hardware like Ubiquiti, Fluid Mesh and others
  • The auto-select device does not always work and sometimes you have to modify a template to get the full backup to work. SolarWinds tech support can help with this if you are not familiar
  • The email notifications of the backups and the deltas are very simple html. It would be nice to see some improvement on the output there. Looks about 10 years old...
Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco DNA Software

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 8.1
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 Software

Cisco DNA Software 7.3
Based on 3 answers
Because of the dependency on different software, it becomes difficult to use a single one of the CISCO products. One has to purchase the license of more than one product to get the desired output. It is not user-friendly for first-time users and thus a tour is required to make oneself comfortable with the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.3
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 Software

Cisco DNA Software 9.1
Based on 3 answers
While this program has been on the market for a while now and some updates would be a welcomed addition, I have to say that the program as it is now and the support given to our team has been great. It is easy to see that time was taken when building this software to anticipate issues and problems that people would run into. We don't have to reach out to support often, but when we do it's always a good experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.1
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

Cisco DNA Software

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 Software

We compared Cisco DNA Software with some of its competitors and, in the end, we chose Cisco DNA Software because of its features and customer support, also because of Cisco. The other solutions can be great also, but we choose Cisco DNA Software for our purposes.
Nadyan Pscheidt | 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

Cisco DNA Software

  • Scaling the result to broader levels
  • Automation of the process
  • Predictive monitoring
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

Cisco DNA Software

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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