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Score 8.4 out of 100

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

NetBrain

Great for our large global environment. Works well with our legacy and newer equipment. Ease of install was exciting compared to other products we POC'd. Less of a learning curve when training Teams on how to monitor and troubleshoot while in production. Service desk were able to capture the logs and load into our ticketing system with ease.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

Well suited if you have a requirement to either harden your network device configs or want to standardize your network device configs. As a network engineer, I found this tool super helpful for managing parts of my Cisco device configs such as the ntp info, logging setup, ssh access lists for interfaces, and ensuring only the services I wanted were enabled. This helped make sure all my devices were set up how I wanted and really empowered my junior guys to move faster in their deployments. I could also use the automation to make config changes as a response to any deviations it found. As a security guy, I found it super useful to define and demonstrate network device hardening configs automatically, this really helped during audits. Not useful if you don't require a third-party tool for compliance or config standardization, panorama comes to mind.
holt archer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

NetBrain

  • Network Issues Troubleshooting
  • Visualizing the root cause using color coding
  • out of the box runbooks available
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Integrates with Network Performance Management for Alerting and Reporting.
  • NetPath and detects issues due to Configuration Change.
  • Keeps a record of which user made the change.
  • Which devices are not being backed up, devices where backups are failing, dashboard and alerting available.
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 Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • For our use case, it does everything great and some of the features we underutilize but I would like to be able to set a configuration baseline when initially adding a node instead of after the configuration is pulled but it's not a particularly big deal to let it pull the configuration then set it as the baseline.
James Jakimowicz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

NetBrain

No score
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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.8
Based on 4 answers
I simply love this product for what it does. it backups our configs and stores them so i don't have to worry about if we have current configs. It allows me to recover from a cisco failure in a matter of minutes rather than hours. I only have to copy and paste instead of recreate. so the maximum downtime we have is the time it takes to get the physical hardware replaced
Aaron Coody | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetBrain

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.2
Based on 8 answers
The user interface is lacking. It is difficult to navigate at times and things can be done multiple ways. Quite often I am confused by how their notification structure works. It is not very intuitive. They do offer a free Academy. They also offer a community of other technical folks. I have enjoyed both.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetBrain

No score
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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.5
Based on 13 answers
To be fair, I have not had to involve Support in a number of years, but when I did, I was greeted with enthusiastic engineers who wanted to understand and solve the issue. It was a fairly complex scenario and I have discovered in my most recent implementation that engineering included that option as a standard now.
Wyant Niswonger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

NetBrain

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Solarwinds has actually produced new training since I last used it that is available on their site at any time. Their previous training was more than enough to get us started but now there is significantly more content. Since I'm comfortable with the Orion platform and the products we use I haven't checked the new training out yet but we have new staff go through portions of that training and they always come away with an understanding of the platform and ready to use it
James Jakimowicz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

NetBrain

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 9.1
Based on 6 answers
Change management played a key role in our organisation. We didn't have any major downtime but it was crucial for us to get his product.
Nandini pallipamu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

NetBrain

The others were cumbersome, slow and there is a huge learning curve for the installation, configuration and just daily monitoring. NetBrain was the easiest of all to setup then let it run and build our network and map it out. Once it was complete, we immediately identified several circuit issues that we were unaware of within our network. With the maps and information gained, we were able to present to [management] and prove a case that we needed larger circuits in several areas.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

The SolarWinds NCM product stacks up well compared to just about any other product on the market. The NCM tool is super easy to use and will complement every Cisco or Aruba product that you may have.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NetBrain

  • Enhanced Network troubleshooting for our Network tea
  • Out of the box pre-build runbook reports with all required details
  • Additional cost for troubleshooting feature
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Fast and easy deployment of tool, intuitive interface and good community sources to solve open issues. This helps to deploy and have operational solution in 2 weeks for backup of configuration of devices which was regulatory required.
  • Support is quite well - we had some issues and resolved in [a] week or two.
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

Starting Price

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

General

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

Starting Price

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