NetBrain vs. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NetBrain
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
NetBrain Technologies in Burlington offers their network automation and management platform, emphasizing dynamic and accurate network mapping and automated troubleshooting and basic security analysis, as well as integration with an existing CMDB.N/A
SolarWinds NPM
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds NPM is a monitoring and performance management platform. It provides performance troubleshooting support, auto network discovery, customizable thresholds, and can be rapidly deployed.
$1,638
per year
Pricing
NetBrainSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
NPM
$1,638
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NetBrainSolarWinds NPM
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
NetBrainSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Considered Both Products
NetBrain
Chose 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 …
Chose NetBrain
NetBrain is a specialized tool and other tools in the market nowhere stands up to its capabilities. Some capabilities are beyond what competitor are meant to designed for example - Network configuration auditing using a simple click, Out of the box runbook reports availability …
SolarWinds NPM
Chose SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Intermapper is an easy to use product. We can create a network topology for each of our monitored sites by simply adding a node then use a simple network management protocol (SNMP) to probe and pull relevant information. NetBrain has a better network discovery element.
Chose SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
The price point is better. The two products listed specialize in different things. NetBrain was really good at troubleshooting and documenting the network, and LiveAction provided deeper more detailed insights into NetFlow. NPM is a good mix of both products and works best for …
Chose SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Before SolarWinds, we used eHealth. It was absolutely awful. The user interface was extremely clunky; getting basic charts took at least a half dozen screens. There were no usable ready-made dashboards. No alerts. Just not even in the same class as NPM. We liked NetBrain
Chose SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
SolarWinds offered us everything we required at a much lower cost, so at the time that's why we made the decision to purchase.
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Features
NetBrainSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Network Performance Monitoring
Comparison of Network Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
NetBrain
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Ratings
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
8.1
231 Ratings
2% below category average
Automated network device discovery00 Ratings8.1209 Ratings
Network monitoring00 Ratings8.9231 Ratings
Baseline threshold calculation00 Ratings7.8201 Ratings
Alerts00 Ratings8.8228 Ratings
Network capacity planning00 Ratings7.8188 Ratings
Packet capture analysis00 Ratings7.3130 Ratings
Network mapping00 Ratings7.5190 Ratings
Customizable reports00 Ratings8.4212 Ratings
Wireless infrastructure monitoring00 Ratings7.2152 Ratings
Hardware health monitoring00 Ratings8.7215 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
NetBrainSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.4
(3 ratings)
8.9
(237 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(24 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(19 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
5.5
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.1
(42 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(16 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
NetBrainSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Likelihood to Recommend
NetBrain Technologies
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.
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SolarWinds
Solarwinds NPM is well suited for medium to large networks, it may be a bit heavy for the SOHO environment as most of the tools and reports are designed for monitoring KPIs which may not be critical for a small shop. NPM can handle large networks with several sites and mixed technologies ranging from networks, server systems, storage devices and SLA reporting.
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Pros
NetBrain Technologies
  • Network Issues Troubleshooting
  • Visualizing the root cause using color coding
  • out of the box runbooks available
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SolarWinds
  • Out of the Monitoring of almost all Network Devices.
  • Build custom pollers to monitor which is not supported out of the box.
  • Further you can alert on these custom metrics and Out of the box metrics.
  • It provides you great dashboards, Reports features.
  • You can integrate it with any MoM layer tools either using its API or sending out traps.
  • Out of the box Integration with Service Now ITSM Tool.
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Cons
NetBrain Technologies
  • 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).
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SolarWinds
  • The software upgrade process is a little hairy and has caused me trouble on occasion.
  • The server that it needs to run is a bit of a resource hog along with the SQL server.
  • Some additional features like the network map are a bit clunky compared to some other products that we use.
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Likelihood to Renew
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
The entire IT staff relies on NPM in its daily operations. It would be impossible for us to maintain our level of service without it. If SolarWinds gets to proud of their product and begins to over charge for it, we would be forced to reconsider and use a different product. But as it stands it is worth the price to renew it.
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Usability
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is quite an extensive product, covering all our bases and requirements. There are a lot of customizable options and features which you can work with for their alerting which is really useful. I haven't found anything yet which I thought SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) could do, but it actually couldn't so overall it works nicely and does the job.
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Reliability and Availability
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
Has never failed me
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Performance
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
Pages load slow, especially the bettors map. Could be that my server is old.
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Support Rating
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
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.
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Online Training
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
Would like an in person course
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Implementation Rating
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
Make sure your inventory is accurate. Stand up some virtual machines for testing prior to installation. Make sure your database and its credentials are setup. Think about things you want to monitor that may not be obvious - UPS units, Door hardware, PBX systems, Fabric Channel switches, firewalls, routers, switches. Try to setup SNMP on these devices and have an IP that you will assign to the new server. If you do that it will go well.
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Alternatives Considered
NetBrain Technologies
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.
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SolarWinds
We selected SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor because of the capabilities of the product versus the price. The tools also work well with their other products and support is fairly good. We have never had a problem when we needed to make a call.
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Scalability
NetBrain Technologies
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
From the direction and information I have been given it is very flexible and scalelable
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Return on Investment
NetBrain Technologies
  • Enhanced Network troubleshooting for our Network tea
  • Out of the box pre-build runbook reports with all required details
  • Additional cost for troubleshooting feature
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SolarWinds
  • SolarWinds allows us to proactively address hardware issues before they impact the business. We recently had a server that was experiencing issues sporadically and we were able to use the data from SolarWinds to track down and correct the issue before it tanked the server.
  • SolarWinds gives our IT department some piece of mind knowing that they'll be alerted of any issues real time.
  • We can use SolarWinds data to justify needed to replace or upgrade certain equipment that is key to our core business.
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ScreenShots

SolarWinds NPM Screenshots

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