Riverbed Modeler vs. IBM Netcool Network Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Riverbed Modeler
Score 6.0 out of 10
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Riverbed OPNET Network Modeler, from San Francisco based Riverbed Technology, is network optimization technology.N/A
IBM Netcool Network Management
Score 8.3 out of 10
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IBM's Netcool is a network management offering, belonging to IBM since the acquisition of Micromuse (the original developer of Netcool) in 2006.N/A
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Testimonials
Riverbed ModelerIBM Netcool Network Management
Likelihood to Recommend
Riverbed Technology
Riverbed Modeler is well suited for wireless, wired, ZigBee, and Cisco networks. All these scenarios are efficiently designed and simulated using Riverbed Modeler, as all the devices are available in its object pallet, so we just need to drag and drop for the best scenario design in the given dimensions. The simulation results are around 95% accurate. However, it is not suited for data security, as data encryption algorithms are not available in Riverbed Modeler.
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IBM
This tool was integrated with Control-M, so whenever we receive any job failure, long-running job, job not started yet, etc, we receive an alert against it. This tool is also integrated with Maximo where we receive the incidents as well for it. Alert's color was as per the criticality of the job and that makes it very easy for an associate to act on it to resolve. We have the SLAs for the jobs as per the urgency of the jobs.
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Pros
Riverbed Technology
  • Allows the USE of C++ In Routing protocol of individual switch nodes
  • Easy to use, Easy to setup a working network model, allows to even have computers and all sorts of peripherals like IP Printers etc
  • You can stress test your network simulation, absolutely fantastic tool, bridges Monte Carlo with visual representations of the network in question
  • Great Customer Support
  • Good training articles available online, used as a staple in university setting.
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IBM
  • This is one of the best monitoring tools.
  • Very simple to user.
  • Color code makes it very simple as per severity.
  • We receive the heartbeat alert every hour that shows the system is running up and fine.
  • We have black, red, yellow, and orange color alerts that show the critical, urgent, major, and minor incidents.
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Cons
Riverbed Technology
  • Riverbed Modeler needs to improve the scenarios of LAN MAN WAN, as the available scenarios under all of these follow a simple area structure that's not connected to the ISP when it comes to simulation. This generates dummy traffic.
  • Riverbed Modeler also needs to work on the selection of result sets so that, as with most designed networks, we can select any result parameter to show. All the parameters are displayed, whether they are relevant or not. It needs to display only relevant result parameters to select.
  • The back-end TCP/IP model needs more clarity to expose the structure to some changes.
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IBM
  • Sometimes color differences of the incidents as per the criticality .
  • We don't receive the heartbeat alerts sometimes.
  • If the tool is down and we don't receive the alerts on the console we wait for the heartbeat alert and it makes some extra delay in resolving things.
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Alternatives Considered
Riverbed Technology
The only thing comparable to OPNET is Packet Tracer, which is basic and very limited. Packet Tracer in terms of tool comparison between the two is like OPNET's stone-age relative.
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IBM
This is one of the essential tools for monitoring. This tool was integrated with Maximo and Control-M in my organization. So whenever any job failed in Control-M, we receive an alert against it in the IBM Netcool/OMNIbus. We receive the alerts in different colors as per the criticality. Black for critical ones(Sev1), red for urgent (Sev2), yellow for major(Sev3), and orange for minor(Sev4). So it makes an easy to operate and act on the alerts as per the severity. This tool is very user-friendly and easy to use. No additional training is required for the tool to operate, just a simple KT is enough.
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Return on Investment
Riverbed Technology
  • It comes with a costly paid license, but simulating the network before actual deployment saves a lot of costs, in case after deployment we feel performance is not good and we need to change. This would waste a lot of money, but Riverbed saves this money.
  • Its OPNET GURU academic edition is available free of cost, but with limited functionality, which is good for students in maximum case. This will degrade our sale of Riverbed Modeler.
  • A one-time investment in Modeler saves a lot of cost regarding networks, topology, designing, and provides a lifetime license with updates.
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IBM
  • Color feature of the alerts as per the criticality is the amazing feature.
  • Heartbeat alert is also an unique feature.
  • No additional training is required to use this tool. just a simple KT is enough.
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