Cisco ThousandEyes vs. ControlUp

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco ThousandEyes
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Cisco ThousandEyes is a Digital Experience Assurance platform that helps organizations to deliver flawless digital experiences across every network – even the ones they don’t own.N/A
ControlUp
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
ControlUp, from the company of the same name headquartered in San Francisco, offers an end user experience monitoring focuses on being able to easily find the root cause of IT issues, remediate directly from its UI vs. having to rely on several tools, and strategically analyze historical resources, usage, and issues data.N/A
Pricing
Cisco ThousandEyesControlUp
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco ThousandEyesControlUp
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
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Medium-sized Companies
Catchpoint
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Cisco ThousandEyes
Cisco ThousandEyes
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Nexthink
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User Ratings
Cisco ThousandEyesControlUp
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(78 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.4
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco ThousandEyesControlUp
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
It's a great tool for monitoring remote workers' connections. Great for monitoring the overall network. Routers, switches, collaboration, Cisco video endpoints, Great alerting tool that is built into Webex so that you receive alerts as things in your network happen. Great for monitoring connection to servers when you believe there could be latency or other issues.
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ControlUp
An environment where visibility of general performance metrics isn't currently done or is done with a system that is difficult to use (which was our case). An environment where resource allocation decisions need to be made (e.g. how much RAM and CPU to allocate to VM pools). An environment where a troubleshooting tool is needed (e.g. to answer the question, "Why is this person experiencing poor performance right now?")
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Pros
Cisco
  • Alerting on outages. ThousandEyes provides a few different options to receive alerts: you can have alerts emailed to a subset of (or all) users, there is a basic Slack integration, and if more flexibility is required (or your preferred method of being alerted isn't built-in) webhooks can be used to hit another API.
  • Speeding up mean time to resolution (or mean time to innocence if you're a more siloed and blame-happy organization). Failure alerts can be configured to include the cause of the failure instead of just "resource x is down." For example, the alerts can come out and say that a website was down due to an HTTP 500, which will help prevent staff from spinning their wheels trying to diagnose the network from the client to the web server.
  • Post mortems and root cause analyses. After an outage has been resolved, it is possible to go back for up to 30 days without losing any level of detail for the test in question, and to view information like the DNS response received, the network path taken by the traffic, and any added latency incurred by an individual link. It can also be used to view Internet routing changes surrounding the incident.
  • Support. Every ticket or chat I have opened has been met by a friendly and helpful staff member that has been able to provide helpful insight into what is causing a particular issue, and what steps they will take on their side to resolve an issue or provide suggestions of steps to take on our side if necessary.
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ControlUp
  • The triggers are very flexible and can be configured to alert on things from events in sessions to hardware failures. Script actions are what they sound like. They are scripts that can be created and run on demand or tied to a trigger. One example is that if a hard drive is low on space we have a script to clean up certain things on the drive.
  • Script actions are supported by the ControlUp community. Community members can submit scripts that are reviewed by ControlUp and approved. This means more script are added over time.
  • ControlUp support and sales support has been great. Our sales engineer is always willing to jump on and help us with configuration issues and standard support is quick to respond and are good at resolving issues.
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Cons
Cisco
  • Continue to innovate and support more and more services. In the world of IOT and point to point traffic being more and more prevalent creating a flexible product is fantastic. Build on the end user product, last mile and even more sharing.
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ControlUp
  • It seems that there is a gradual transition occurring from one interface (a local program) to another (Web). This creates confusion at times.
  • ScoutBees module has a problem with our version of Horizon, so we can't do a login test
  • The local program for ControlUp uses a lot of resources
  • The training session focus on very large environments, which we aren't. Might be good to offer SMB sessions separately.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
We will definitely renew and maybe even extend our usage of ThousandEyes. We have been using ThousandEyes now for a couple of years and it has shown us major benefits. With the new options it offers for SD-WAN for us it is a no brainer to renew our current licenses
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ControlUp
No answers on this topic
Usability
Cisco
I'm happy with the monitoring part, now if you want to know the benefits cost related and usability I'm not the person who can answer that.
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ControlUp
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Support Rating
Cisco
You have online support from the tool itself 24/7 and they are very responsive. We also have a specific account manager and specific engineer assigned to help us with very specific questions for our environment. The level of response to our requirements is always super high. We have requested specific features to be added and these have been developed and introduced very quick tot he product (within weeks). Their DevOps and agile approach seems to pay off.
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ControlUp
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Simple Network Management Protocol cannot achieve what an agent-based monitoring solution can. Access layer testing gives you visibility into the user's endpoint. ThousandEyes is able to provide both telemetry and user experience in a bundled solution. The way that Cisco has built in the enterprise agents to their 9300 and 9500 switches has made exposure to the platform widespread.
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ControlUp
I feel all these products are good and have their strengths but for me it came down to two categories. How easy is it to find issues and cost. It seemed to me that the easiest to use is ControlUp and eG. Price broke down to ControlUp and SysTrack being lower than Goliath and eG.
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • It's not about the ROI would be measured by "hey, how we can reduce that outage." That's a mission to you. That's our goal. That's when we brought this. Are we using this a lot? We use primarily, we use the thousandeyes three or four times a year when we have problems that are related. So it doesn't yield much value to us to be honest, but it's good because it can point out, but it's not even that much value to be honest.
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ControlUp
  • its licensing cost is a bit on high
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ScreenShots

Cisco ThousandEyes Screenshots

Screenshot of path visibility, which demonstrates outages.Screenshot of ThousandEyes End User Monitoring, which delivers both on-demand and real-time visibility into each employee’s experience of SaaS and Internally-hosted applications, as well as underlying wireless LAN, WAN, Internet connectivity and system health.Screenshot of ThousandEyes Internet Insights™, which combines a massive data set with algorithmic outage detection to provide near real-time insights into a business's SaaS applications and networks. Internet Insights can be used to manage digital experience at Internet scale.Screenshot of