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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.7 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 NPM

Network devices are the backbone of any organization, so I can say with confidence, to make sure the network is up and functional 24*7, you can deploy SolarWinds which is easy to install and manage. It provides rich sets of metrics and alerts out of the box. The cool thing about this is it is very easy to install and manage.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.4
Automated network device discovery
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.1
Network monitoring
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
9.6
Baseline threshold calculation
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.2
Alerts
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
9.2
Network capacity planning
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
7.8
Packet capture analysis
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
6.2
Network mapping
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.7
Customizable reports
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.9
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.3
Hardware health monitoring
NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.9

Pros

NetBrain

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

SolarWinds NPM

  • The UI is dashing, user-friendly, yet powerful enough to do almost all the administrative tasks with the click of a button.
  • The deployment and configuration is made simple thanks to the step-by-step guiding wizards.
  • Reporting and KPI have the flexibility to run both simple and complex queries to get the intended output.
  • Sonar discovery is an easy and efficient method for on-boarding devices.
  • Dashboards and maps efficiently exhibit the entire topology and metrics.
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 NPM

  • Configuring thresholds for your alerts can be a little cumbersome.
  • Getting additional details onto the alerts is not as easy as it could be.
  • You need to have two servers to run SolarWinds NPM, one for the service and a separate one for the database.
Matthew Harper | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

NetBrain

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 9.0
Based on 23 answers
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.
Dwain Erhart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetBrain

No score
No answers yet
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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 9.7
Based on 17 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

NetBrain

No score
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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 8.2
Based on 2 answers
Has never failed me
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

NetBrain

No score
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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 5.5
Based on 2 answers
Pages load slow, especially the bettors map. Could be that my server is old.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetBrain

No score
No answers yet
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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 9.3
Based on 40 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

Online Training

NetBrain

No score
No answers yet
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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 6.4
Based on 1 answer
Would like an in person course
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

NetBrain

No score
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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 7.3
Based on 16 answers
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.
Dwain Erhart | 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 NPM

I haven't had a lot of experience with SEM, though the dashboard is very similar to NPM insofar as one can add, delete, and arrange the widgets to their liking. It helps that there are commonalities in the GUIs between the two applications. Kudos to the developers for making it relatively easy to switch between applications.
Brian Rafferty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

NetBrain

No score
No answers yet
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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 7.3
Based on 1 answer
From the direction and information I have been given it is very flexible and scalelable
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 NPM

  • SolarWinds vast array of solutions allows us to consolidate the total number of monitoring solutions, network management tools and performance monitoring tools into a single solution saving us money.
  • By combining what were once many different vendor solutions for different usages into a single ecosystem we are able to quickly respond and determine the cause of network-related events.
  • With a single ecosystem for network management and reporting, we are able to drastically reduce our overhead and standardize our alerting and monitoring solutions. Reducing white noise alerts and improving response time.
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

NetBrain Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

SolarWinds NPM

General

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

Starting Price

$0 Starting Price

SolarWinds NPM Editions & Modules

Edition
NPM$1,5831
  1. Starting Price
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

NetBrain
8.9
SolarWinds NPM
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
9.0

Usability

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
9.7

Reliability and Availability

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
8.2

Performance

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
5.5

Support Rating

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
9.3

Online Training

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
6.4

Implementation Rating

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
7.3

Scalability

NetBrain
SolarWinds NPM
7.3

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