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Score 4.1 out of 100

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Score 8.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools

90%
1 Rating
8.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

87%
139 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
4 Ratings

Usability

8.0

SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools

80%
1 Rating
7.1

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

71%
8 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools

100%
1 Rating
7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
13 Ratings

Online Training

SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

100%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

91%
6 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds

Setting up device backup schedules for individual locations is quick and easy. The application is very straightforward and basic. The application covers 90% of our needs. Some devices that require configuration and file backups utilizing ftp or other methods are configured using a different set of tools. Backups can be stored in configured destination folders for easy review.
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SolarWinds

If your IT team isn't proficient in automation and scripting, Solarwinds NCM can fill that gap (assuming your company's security team signs off on approving SW in your environment given the hack.) Basic device configuration, pushing mass changes reliably and backups are NCM's strong suites. If you have a complex scenario where if/then cases are needed, NCM is a bit lack luster. Auto discovery isn't as easy either as certain parameters need to be met for that feature to work 100% of the time
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Pros

SolarWinds

  • Network device backups.
  • Identify configuration changes from prior backup.
  • Automated email notifications.
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SolarWinds

  • 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.
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Cons

SolarWinds

  • Limited scripting capability.
  • Limited reporting/management summarization.
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SolarWinds

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
One Time Price8521

Footnotes

  1. Per Instance

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Likelihood to Renew

    SolarWinds

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    SolarWinds

    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
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    Usability

    SolarWinds

    CatTools is simple to set up and administer. Anyone who can install a Windows application can quickly set up an automated backup of one or more devices. It does what it was designed to do.
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    SolarWinds

    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.
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    Support Rating

    SolarWinds

    The software is easy enough to set up and configure that even after using the product for years, we never had to contact support. We used some open source products before utilizing CatTools and could have used a speed dial to try and figure out the intricacies of the products.
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    SolarWinds

    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.
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    Online Training

    SolarWinds

    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds

    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
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    Implementation Rating

    SolarWinds

    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds

    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.
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    Alternatives Considered

    SolarWinds

    No answers on this topic

    SolarWinds

    Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is a great tool and matches much of the functionality of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager. Nothing about Ansible will likely be overwhelming to an engineer with a little time to spare, but that spare time combined with SolarWinds already being our monitoring tool made the decision easy. Time is at a premium in small teams and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is very easy to use right out of the box without all the tweaking required by powerful command line driven tools like Ansible.
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    Return on Investment

    SolarWinds

    • Allows InfoSec to review all changes without granting access to actual devices.
    • Allows review of "what changed?" if required for particular sites.
    • Alerts confirm what devices have been modified every day.
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    SolarWinds

    • The time savings from automatic daily backups is significant
    • The compare configuration tool is super helpful at spotting errors when small changes occur that are hard to detect otherwise.
    • The compliance check tool saves countless hours going through configurations for errors.
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