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Likelihood to Recommend

NetBrain

In Cisco environments (especially IOS and IOS-XE) NetBrain looks nearly perfect. The network is loaded with heaps of information you would never document if you would have to do it manually. The information is there but you can decide what is visible at first glance and for what information you want to zoom in a bit more on the map for.There are still some problems with the automatic documentation and path discovery with virtual L2 firewalls.Although the implementation of the documentation of Cisco ACI is just in the beginning but, if finished, it's probably a great tool to have an end-to-end view of paths from the legacy network into SDN.
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

We have used it to test our SDWAN bandwidth during our initial rollout. The WAN Killer does just that, and you can see how much traffic your wan links can take. It has also been helpful in identifying open ports that we need to lock down to ensure we are achieving compliance with SOX, HIPAA, and PCI. This is a tool for network engineers, I can't see use cases for non-network related tasks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

NetBrain

  • It automatically updates your network documentation.
  • You can search for devices even if they are no longer operational (by a lot of attributes).
  • It can simplify your troubleshooting by showing you the L2/L3 path a packet would take.
  • It can automate and document the steps of troubleshooting tasks to get more information from one level of support to the next.
  • The support team of NetBrain is very fast and very helpful.
  • Heaps of information in the maps.
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

  • Network Stress Tests.
  • Port mapping.
  • Open port checking.
  • MIB walking.
  • CPU/Memory monitoring.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

NetBrain

  • Not all devices are integrated with the same quality.
  • Not all steps are self-explaining.
  • The updates were difficult (but thanks to the help of support no real problem).
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

  • User interface feels dated.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetBrain

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SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to use and intuitive. Just be careful with the WAN Killer...it does what it says.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetBrain

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SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Our organization uses it regularly. It is reliable, and we keep finding new uses for it
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

NetBrain

We used NetViz and Microsoft Visio before.NetViz was a great tool at its time but it's not the best solution anymore and Microsoft Visio is good in a lot of things but more of a Swiss Army knife than a network documentation tool.We had a look at NetTerrain which looked like a good documentation tool and would have given us the advantage of importing our old NetViz documentation.The main disadvantage with all of these tools compared to NetBrain is that the documentation needs to be done manually.
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

SolarWinds NPM and NCM use a lot of the tools available in the toolset. This is a nice combo of the two with a little bit of IPAM thrown in. I would say the toolset is geared more toward the field engineer, that will be doing work that may sever communications to the rest of the network. That said, we keep finding new uses for it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NetBrain

  • Network automation is up to date.
  • Quicker failure discovery and resolving due to the path discovery.
  • Less time spent on documentation.
  • Much more details in the documentation.
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

  • Time to resolution has been reduced.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

NetBrain

General

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

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

General

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

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