Cisco Prime LAN Management (discontinued) vs. SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Prime LAN Management (discontinued)
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution is discontinued. Current users are encouraged to explore Cisco Catalyst Center as a modern solution.N/A
SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds® Kiwi CatTools® is network automation tool designed to manage configurations on network devices such as routers, switches, and firewalls. It helps users work more efficiently by scheduling automatic backup activities and rolling out configuration changes to multiple devices at the same time. With native support for devices from dozens of manufacturers, Kiwi CatTools is designed to simplify network administration, configuration change alerting, and backup management.
$852
Per Instance
Pricing
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One Time Price
$852
Per Instance
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Small Businesses
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Medium-sized Companies
Intermapper
Intermapper
Score 8.6 out of 10
Ansible
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Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
Score 8.8 out of 10
Ansible
Ansible
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Prime LAN Management (discontinued)SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(12 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.6
(3 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Prime LAN Management (discontinued)SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
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.
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SolarWinds
Setting up device backup schedules for individual locations is quick and easy. The application is very straightforward and basic. The application covers 90% of our needs. Some devices that require configuration and file backups utilizing ftp or other methods are configured using a different set of tools. Backups can be stored in configured destination folders for easy review.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • 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.
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SolarWinds
  • Network device backups.
  • Identify configuration changes from prior backup.
  • Automated email notifications.
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Cons
Discontinued Products
  • 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.
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SolarWinds
  • Limited scripting capability.
  • Limited reporting/management summarization.
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Usability
Discontinued Products
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SolarWinds
CatTools is simple to set up and administer. Anyone who can install a Windows application can quickly set up an automated backup of one or more devices. It does what it was designed to do.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
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.
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SolarWinds
The software is easy enough to set up and configure that even after using the product for years, we never had to contact support. We used some open source products before utilizing CatTools and could have used a speed dial to try and figure out the intricacies of the products.
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
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
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SolarWinds
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • 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.
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SolarWinds
  • Allows InfoSec to review all changes without granting access to actual devices.
  • Allows review of "what changed?" if required for particular sites.
  • Alerts confirm what devices have been modified every day.
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ScreenShots

SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools Screenshots

Screenshot of Schedule automated backups of network device configuration from routers, switches, firewalls, etc.Screenshot of Simultaneously perform or schedule configuration changes across multiple network devices with great ease.Screenshot of Receive real-time alerts when unauthorized configuration changes occur on network devices.Screenshot of Maintain a complete configuration history, and facilitate rollbacks to the last good configuration.Screenshot of Generate configuration and device information reports related to port, MAC, ARP, version details, and more.Screenshot of Get out-of-the-box support for both IPv4 and IPv6 devices from vendors, such as Cisco, HP, Huawei, 3Com and more.