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Score 9.5 out of 100
57 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

FortiManager

FortiManager is well suited for any environment with multiple and dispersed FortiGate firewalls. It will not manage other firewall platforms. Therefore, you either have to use multiple centralized management software, one for each firewall vendor, or invest in alternative tools such as Tufin, AlgoSec, FireMon, SolarWinds, etc. However, you will not get a more inclusive tool for your FortiGate firewalls other than FortiManager.
Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-Central would be most appropriate in a situation where an experienced admin would like a product that is as customizable as possible. The products allows for a lot of customization, but would be less appropriate in a situation where a less experienced admin is looking for a product that requires less set up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Monitoring Tasks

FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
5.8
Remote monitoring
FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
4.0
Network device monitoring
FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
6.0
Multiple Server Monitoring
FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
6.0
Multi-device monitoring
FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
6.0
Automated alerts and notifications
FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
7.0

Management Tasks

FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
6.7
Patch Management
FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
6.7

Pros

FortiManager

  • Centralized FortiGate FW Management in a single console
  • Available physical, virtual, or cloud deployment
  • Single console for next-generation FW features
  • Multiple Administrative Domains
Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

  • Remote tasks - entry-level techs can run basic tasks without physically touching a piece of equipment.
  • Remote support - remote controlling user devices is easy and saves a lot of time with having to initiate a remote session.
  • Management of devices, particularly patch management and anti-virus management - you can automatically approve and deploy patches and schedule automatic AV scans.
Nicolas Poague | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

FortiManager

  • Support contracts are difficult to manage or make changes to
  • Next Generation subscriptions are managed individually, i.e. pegged to specific firewalls
  • Cumbersome to bring existing firewalls to be covered under a single contract
Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

  • It is a large piece of software and does take some time to get set-up and configured.
  • Limitations with some basic monitoring like site down/internet down and server state make it difficult to have accurate monitoring information.
  • Reports and reporting are minimal, not very customizable and not pretty.
Robert Guy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

FortiManager

No score
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N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central) 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Overall we have liked our solar winds experience, however, as our company has grown to support larger enterprises, this product does not have the functionality that our teams need in order to fully support them. The lack of granularity with backups and lack of ability to support nutanix environments is slowly drawing us into the use of other tools.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

FortiManager

No score
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N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central) 9.0
Based on 3 answers
The user interface is fairly straight forward, with logic groupings for objects. I did not deploy this software, but am one of the daily administrators. Once you get the correct agent package (Which can be a challenge) the integration into AD is not bad. The UI could be more customized, but that may have been a design choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

FortiManager

No score
No answers yet
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N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central) 8.5
Based on 14 answers
Every time we have reached out to SolarWinds they are quick to respond, even offering support chat 24/7. Their support team is great and works with you to find solutions to issues. They have taken items we had issues with before and used those to create updates so that the issue is handled better in the future.
chris maddox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

FortiManager

No score
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N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central) 8.4
Based on 4 answers
Make sure if you your using a vm you follow the instructions for provisioning to the letter or it will be starting from square one
Howard Magnes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

FortiManager

FortiManager is the best choice for managing numerous FortiGate firewalls. It allows for easy integration into ServiceNow and automates simple repetitive tasks that are very straightforward. Role-based access control is easy to enable and you can get quite granular with user permissions. Administrative Domains help segregate firewall management and compliance within the FortiManager console, by almost any classification method that makes sense to your organization.
Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

SolarWinds N-central is on the more unique side of tools because it can do so many things, and do most of them quite well. For patching, it is much easier to use than SCCM. In terms of monitoring, it is not great out of the box and requires tweaking to take full advantage. Since it is agent-based, any time an agent fails to check in, it means that that device is effectively no longer being managed. It can take a great deal of effort to maintain and remediate agent issues.
It is a great tool to manage small to medium-sized environments, but would struggle to cover all the angles required in a larger enterprise setting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

FortiManager

  • Allowed for quick migration from legacy firewall platforms
  • NOC and SOC visibility of entire threat surface
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Extremely quick learning curve
Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

  • Allows the service desk to quickly connect to computers and troubleshoot issues in less time
  • Minimizes user downtime by allowing installs to run in the background
  • Allows for management of updates and the ability to let the user postpone the update if needed
Ashley Babiarz | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

FortiManager

General

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

N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

FortiManager
10.0
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
9.1

Usability

FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
9.0

Support Rating

FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.5

Implementation Rating

FortiManager
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.4

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