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Score 6.8 out of 100

SolarWinds NPM

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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 NPM

SolarWinds NPM works well for us as we are a relatively small shop with a limited number of servers/interfaces to monitor. If you were a larger shop the licensing for SolarWinds would get very expensive because they license it per "node" or item you want to monitor. If you want to monitor hardware and network on a single device, that's 2 nodes
Matthew Harper | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.5
Automated network device discovery
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.8
Network monitoring
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
9.5
Baseline threshold calculation
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.5
Alerts
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
9.4
Network capacity planning
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
7.9
Packet capture analysis
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
7.9
Network mapping
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
7.8
Customizable reports
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.5
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
7.8
Hardware health monitoring
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.9

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 NPM

  • Using SNMP to automatically discover my network devices, while collecting the network information to produce a detailed network inventory.
  • The automatic discovery of the connection between L2 and L3 devices.
  • Using NetPath across the hybrid clouds is a time saver and pinpoints where to focus resources to fix issues.
JAMEY TITONE | 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 NPM

  • The map editor select rectangle needs to be improved on as when you drag it it can get out of control.
  • Need a more intuitive way to configure interfaces between nodes in map editor.
  • Acknowledging and erasing node warnings should be more intuitive.
Brian Rafferty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

NetBrain

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 9.2
Based on 22 answers
Low maintenance cost and great support on problems and issues. SolarWinds has been used here for over 10 years and we are able to have minimal down time and has been solid on monitoring and alerting on our network setup. They are constantly adding new and improving the product and making it better to use all around.
Bill Rieger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetBrain

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 8.5
Based on 10 answers
It's easy to use at first. But, when you would either like to go technical OR trying to add a custom monitor the ease of use goes out the door and requires a lot of time to learn its SDK / Back-end tools.Way too much emphasis on user to user support via their Thwack site. Skimping on support cost much? It's slightly disheartening to get better support from other customers then from the "success center" or calling support. Really hurts the ease of use for the product, because its fine until things don't work out of the box, then it gets frustratingly difficult.
Greg Richards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetBrain

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 8.6
Based on 34 answers
In all of the times that we called support, someone at SolarWinds had the answer for us in a timely manner. Through thwack and other internet searching, we have been able to resolve all of our issues that arose to our satisfaction. The support staff have always been knowledgeable of their products or had a fellow support staff member to rely on to get the needed answers.
Jim Arendt | 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 NPM

Other products I've used (Spiceworks, Mikrotik's The Dude) are good at their jobs but ultimately don't have the scalability of NPM or the more advanced network visibility features that make NPM so great. Other products (like Spiceworks especially) are also built as several products shoved into one -- an asset management platform, ticketing system, a network monitor, etc. -- and can be slow in performance or limited in their potential as a result.
Ted Sadler | 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 NPM

  • We have not yet determined how to calculate ROI from NPM. It's definitely saved us lots of IT Ops time, and threshold-based warnings save us from downtime.
  • It's a stress reducer for IT Operations, once they feel confident in the monitoring solution and implementation.
  • Intelligent alerting helps us effectively categorize alerts as P1 or not, preventing unnecessary off-hours calls.
Matthew A. Osmond | 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 NPM

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

NetBrain
7.0
SolarWinds NPM
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
9.2

Usability

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.5

Reliability and Availability

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.2

Performance

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
5.5

Support Rating

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.6

Online Training

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
6.4

Implementation Rating

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
7.3

Scalability

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
7.3

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