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Top Rated
120 Ratings
Top Rated
120 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 100
47 Ratings
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Score 6.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate is a fantastic platform for managing multiple clients, and I feel this is why it was created in the first place. I have ready complaints about certain components and behaviors in the past online. However, it appears they have fixed these issues in later versions as we have not experienced them. It also has competitive pricing for RMM's for MSP's to use. It could also be used for a single company to manage their environment, but I don't think it was meant for this. There might be other options that are more cost effective, especially if a single company doesn't have hundreds of machines to manage or more.
Adam Friedli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

It's best suited for large/multinational organisations with complex networks with limited qualified personnel across every location. However, I wouldn't recommend it for a small organisation with a very simple network architecture.
Victor Adebayo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Remote monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.3
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Network device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Multiple Server Monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.4
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Multi-device monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
9.1
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Automated alerts and notifications
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Management Tasks

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Patch Management
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Service configuration management
ConnectWise Automate
8.7
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Software and hardware inventory
ConnectWise Automate
8.9
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Policy-based automation
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Reporting

ConnectWise Automate
7.6
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Performance data reports
ConnectWise Automate
8.3
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Customizable reporting
ConnectWise Automate
8.2
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Data visualization
ConnectWise Automate
7.5
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Risk analysis
ConnectWise Automate
6.5
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Security

ConnectWise Automate
8.3
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Data backup and recovery
ConnectWise Automate
7.4
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Antivirus and malware management
ConnectWise Automate
8.6
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
Adinistraor access control
ConnectWise Automate
9.0
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Network Performance Monitoring

ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
6.7
Automated network device discovery
ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
8.0
Network monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
7.7
Alerts
ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
8.9
Network capacity planning
ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
4.5
Packet capture analysis
ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
5.1
Network mapping
ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
6.5
Customizable reports
ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
6.4
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
4.4
Hardware health monitoring
ConnectWise Automate
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
8.7

Pros

ConnectWise Automate

  • It includes a ticketing system using workflow automation, SLA, as well as performance monitoring and access tickets from mobile devices.
  • Dashboards of the tool show overviews and detailed explanations of KPIs. Your business can also use the custom report writer to generate reports on whatever issue you want.
  • You can use ConnectWise to automate the range of ITIL process, such as: incident management, availability management, change management, service reporting, service-level management, service asset and configuration management, request management, and knowledge management.
Asfer Bin Saleh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

  • Monitoring the connection; performance, switching, and issues. We use a broadband connection for our primary and a cellular backup for the secondary. While we use routing protocols to make this switch and WhatsUp isn't used for Syslog monitoring. it alerts us within seconds.
  • Backup configurations and archiving. WhatsUp does this particularly well. I use it for both Cisco routers and switches.
  • The diagram feature is nice. Though I don't use it as much because of the size of our structure, it does come in handy for mapping routes of all traffic.
Jamie Elliott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ConnectWise Automate

  • The biggest issue for Automate is their support. They seem to be completely overwhelmed. Chat support for simple questions can be anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes in the queue. Then when you are connected they are doing little more than creating a ticket that will take days to hear back from them.
  • Patching. The documentation and advice from our implementation person do not match reality. The process of denying a patch is documented, but doesn't work. We were unable to block certain patches from being distributed until we spoke to a specialist about it. He couldn't explain the mis-matched documentation.
  • Speed. Using the Automate client is painfully slow. Very sluggish and non-responsive at times.
David Wertz, CHSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

  • Sales staff can be a bit pushy in terms of selling more product than you need. This is not unique to What's Up but it can be a bit unwelcome once you have already purchased the product.
  • Updates could be a little easier but overall not too bad. Once or twice we have had to start over with a new server when upgrading to a major numbered revision.
  • IIS site can be a bit slow at times. This could just be our setup but I have noticed that it can be slow to respond during high traffic times. It does always respond and work properly but the wait time to move from screen to screen could be lower.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Support and the Speed of supporting the latest technology is the main reason for not giving this a 10. But the product is powerful and flexible. The best way that I can sum it up is "You can get out of it what you put in to it"
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.2
Based on 3 answers
The UI is pretty confusing. There are Right-clicks, ctrl+clicks, Shift clicks, it's all very convoluted. With the latest gussying up, it's now arguably prettier, but very slow... I dread using it now...
Scott Sanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 3.0
Based on 4 answers
It used to be great, but then they broke reporting, speed and responsiveness with version 11 and the new Patch Manager. It's really bad and their support people are way behind on fixing so many bugs. They have really gone downhill. If they don't get it together soon, we'll start looking around.
Ian Hansen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 8.0
Based on 14 answers
Most of the time their support is good for smaller things. They have a chat assist which is a nice function. When you run into a larger issue or an issue with an integration the support becomes less reliable and inconsistent. Generally your wait time on chat is under 5 minutes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold 5.3
Based on 2 answers
Not too much to support as it doesn't do that much.
Reggie Pauling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.1
Based on 2 answers
LabTech online training is very very thorough in training and helping individuals understand the theory and practical side of using a Remote Monitoring & Management. The training has multiple methods of explaining each section which helps to re-enforce everything about the Training Modules. I have had some Engineers lose their interest after a number of modules because they said that it was too much, that was too similar. I've found that the training is tailored towards a technical background but the Sales training does help NON technical individuals familiarize themselves with the Remote Monitoring and Management components and how it relates to Managed Services.
Carson Hagan, ITILv3 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate

ConnectWise Automate 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Start small and learn the in's and out's before making policies and rolling things out company wide. Ask the questions of why if you don't agree with something or your company does things a different way. Usually they are done a certain way for a reason. Start simple with roll out and slowly enable or add on the functionality that is needed.
Jack Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

ConnectWise Automate

We prefer Automate to Kaseya for the customization, scripting and the third party integration.However, we prefer Continuum to Automate for how much time we freed up. We no longer have to maintain Automate services, integrations, etc. We also have reduced our ticket noise by 70%. This fact alone makes Continuum our favorite.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

For the sake of simplicity, WhatsUp Gold is better. It is cheaper and more cost-effective for what we need. I am sure it will scale up easily in the future if that growth comes.
Michael Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ConnectWise Automate

  • Because using the program is at a very low cost, I have the ability to service any client and provide training to any client if they have a computer.
  • Saves travel time and expenses associated with travel to support/train clients. Also can be done at any time of day because of continual access.
  • Gives the client peace of mind to know that I can access and fix an issue with a workstation any time of the day, weekends, evenings when they are not available etc.
Catherine Zuniga | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

  • Ability to maintain network equipment inventory and health reports.
  • Inability to make the backups of the device using scripting or configurations of network devices.
  • Less graphical representation of circuit or network traffic.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ConnectWise Automate

General

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

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ConnectWise Automate
8.8
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
5.4

Likelihood to Renew

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Usability

ConnectWise Automate
3.2
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Performance

ConnectWise Automate
3.0
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Support Rating

ConnectWise Automate
8.0
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold
5.3

Online Training

ConnectWise Automate
7.1
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

Implementation Rating

ConnectWise Automate
7.3
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold

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