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Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

94%
13 Ratings
2.1

Observium

21%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

7.6

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

76%
6 Ratings
5.0

Observium

50%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

Although Cisco Prime [LAN Management Solution] is a nice tool and no other 4rd party tools can match its native monitoring and managing capabilities still i have given less rating and that's because it is only for Cisco vendor Devices. Hence if you have only Cisco infrastructure then go for it or else look for another 4rd party tool in conjunction with Cisco prime.
Rekha Yadav | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • If you are on a budget, this is one heck of a tool for the price (including the ~$200/year for the Pro subscription).
  • If you are OK with maintaining and updating open source tools, this is a great tool.
  • If you are afraid of the Linux command line or live in a Windows-centric world, this might not be the tool for you.
  • If you can't stand things occasionally not working, this is probably not a good fit.
Derek Dolan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

  • Wireless file detection and planning mode has helped us expand into new areas of our buildings.
  • Alerting is detailed when we have issues with hardwired and wireless devices, and Rogue Access Points are easily identifiable.
  • Cisco equipment information is much more detailed than other management products' SNMP queries and is an excellent tool for troubleshooting end-device connectivity issues.
  • Our KPI reporting for senior management and centralized management of our WIPS 'Wireless Intrusion Prevention' setup have both benefited significantly from the detailed reporting capabilities.
Nilufa Hossain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • SNMP monitoring
  • Easy to set up initially
  • Alerting
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

  • Maps. One thing that I miss is the fact that you can't see both wired and wireless equipment in the same topology map. For visualization and troubleshooting purposes, that would help a lot, and I honestly don' t think it's that much harder to implement.
  • I'd love to see an option to show 'live dashboards,' maps, or other visual tools to publish in a NOC room, or even just to broadcast in a big monitor to allow multiple workmates to check that information. Again, I don't think that would be too hard to implement. I remember a similar feature was available in the first versions of the product, way back in the 90's (yes, I'm that old :-) )
  • Sometimes, depending on what screen you are, the solution can be a little slow. I'm not saying the whole system is slow, but sometimes that slowness can bother a little.
  • Talking about areas for improvement, one area I think can be improved is the upgrade process. Even for not so large deployments, it can take a lot of time. Having this time decreased would be the right thing to do.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • The UI is pretty robust and succinct. It might be beneficial to have favorites for complex network schemas.
  • Historical searching based on X time frame.
  • More customized dashboards.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

General

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

Starting Price

Observium

General

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

Starting Price

Support Rating

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution 7.6
Based on 6 answers
We are very happy using Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution for the following reason:1- Ease of use with the GUI.2- Very well organized dashboard which can view many statistics on your devices.3- Customized dashboard for different views ( for technical team and executives )4- Schedule configuration templates to use whenever we need on whatever device we want.
Girgis Hady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

Observium 5.0
Based on 2 answers
It's open source. Your mileage may vary. Sometimes the provided documentation is beyond frustrating, other times it's right on the mark.
Derek Dolan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

There are various 3rd party tools available in the market which not only supports monitoring of cisco devices but also supports non-cisco devices, even with these capabilities in these 3rd party tools Cisco Prime has maintained a uniqueness in its products being the native tool from Cisco. The uniqueness is about product supportability for given devices and some of the edge features such as configuration management, detailed heatmaps etc
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

SolarWinds does when Observium can do but for a much larger price tag. That is what the decision came down to.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

  • It has helped us with our quarterly wireless security testing by pinpointing the location of non-approved access points vs. hunting for them via signal strength.
  • Saves time by helping to identify network health issues before they become a definitive problem causing downtime.
  • With errors detected early, we have noticed our wi-fi network is much more stable thus freeing up our engineer's time elsewhere.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • Observium is enterprise-level network monitoring without the cost involved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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