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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

KACE Systems Management Appliance

I think it has added value for any organization. It reduced our Tech Support cost by:-Supporting users anywhere-Reducing users downtime as well keep them informed with the status of their tickets-Managing software and hardware actively-Processing automation-deploy mass software installs, patching or updates- Provide approved software's to users to install without IT help
Thayer Ramahi | 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

IT Asset Management

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.9
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
Software and hardware inventory tracking
KACE Systems Management Appliance
9.1
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
License management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.6
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
Asset lifecycle monitoring
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.9
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
Contract management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.4
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
Asset relationship management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
9.3
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)

Management Tasks

KACE Systems Management Appliance
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
6.4
Patch Management
KACE Systems Management Appliance
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
6.4

Pros

KACE Systems Management Appliance

  • Inventory: KACE provides a ton of hardware and software inventory information that is easy to search, filter, and export. This is critical when we need to find the answers to questions about how many of such and such we have in our fleet.
  • Patch Management: We were using WSUS before and it was altogether too cumbersome. KACE has given us the power, flexibility, and verification we need to feel comfortable our patches are up-to-date.
  • Service Queue: We made KACE our help desk system and it does everything we need it to do. Great improvement over our old system.
Jeff Nickles | 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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

  • The KACE SMA needs a better way to handle different roles in the software so certain users can access or administrate certain parts of the software, but not the entire software installation.
  • The KACE SMA could improve the ticketing process of projects. The aspects of the title and some information do not always flow down from the parent ticket to its child tickets.
  • The KACE SMA could improve the UI of the software with the addition of different CSS color schemes.
Andy Anschutz | 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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

KACE Systems Management Appliance 8.5
Based on 3 answers
Overall, the software is simple to understand and use. That said, most vendors have been slowly updating their user interfaces to HTML5 so that they have a clean updated look and feel. This is where KACE falls short in that the UI is great for a packaged software 10 years ago. This isn't a major limitation as the software is really meant primarily for technology users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

KACE Systems Management Appliance 8.8
Based on 6 answers
KACE does exactly what you need it to do, it maintains your computer environment. You can set patch schedules, inventory computers, setup software catalogs; basically everything you need to ensure the computers on your network are being actively managed. This is all with little need for constant configuration or updating the setup.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

We have selected this software because it rolls several different systems into one. We have a helpdesk system with this and an asset and inventory management system as well. We pay one price for the whole system instead of paying multiple companies different amounts that would have totaled more than we pay for the single system.
Anonymous | 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

KACE Systems Management Appliance

  • KACE has saved us from having to spend several days of employee hours in crafting DVDs and duplicating them (100+ DVDs)
  • KACE has saved us on the postage required to send out those DVDs for every update (monthly) to all of our customers electronically
Anonymous | 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

Screenshots

KACE Systems Management Appliance

Pricing Details

KACE Systems Management Appliance

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

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.5
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

KACE Systems Management Appliance
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
9.1

Usability

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.5
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
9.0

Support Rating

KACE Systems Management Appliance
8.8
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.5

Implementation Rating

KACE Systems Management Appliance
N-able N-central (formerly Solarwinds N-Central)
8.4

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