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Score 8.3 out of 100
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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

  • You can deploy from simple snippets of config to a whole template to multiple devices at the same time. That saves us a lot of time (remember that time is money) when we need to change some setting globally, like adjust a ACL or add new global policy. Doesn't matter how many models of the same equipment you have.
  • The Network Topology map is also a great tool for troubleshooting. You can check several aspects of the topology, the connection between the equipment, the status of the connections and even check specific alarms related to that part of the topology (or map). Again, consider that in a multi site, global environment and you'll see the benefits.
  • Inventory and firmware updates are also great tools inside the solution. You have check exactly what equipment is outdated and schedule an update with a couple of clicks. You can do that also in a batch, saving a lot of time (and money) and avoid to go handle the equipment one by one, sometimes even needing to have physical access to those equipment.
Eduardo Viero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

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

Cons

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

  • Cisco Prime LMS isn't able to gather metrics from firewalls with multiple contexts, so you need to create each context as a new firewall, which can make it cumbersome and difficult to manage if you have more than 10 contexts.
  • The application also doesn't support the latest Cisco technologies such as ACI and UCS, so LMS shouldn't be considered a single pane of glass for all things Cisco.
  • It seems that the development of the product has slowed in order to focus on newer offerings from Cisco. It's unfortunate because this product is a good workhorse that chugs right along and doesn't eat up resources like some of Cisco's newer products do.
Roger Mialkowski | 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

Support Rating

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution 7.7
Based on 4 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

Pricing Details

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution

General

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

Observium

General

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

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