SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) vs. Tufin Orchestration Suite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is network diagnostics and troubleshooting technology, from Austin-based SolarWinds.N/A
Tufin Orchestration Suite
Score 6.1 out of 10
N/A
Israeli company Tufin offers a firewall security management offering via the Tufin Orchestration Suite, including SecureApp for managing network connectivity, SecureChange network change automation, and SecureTrack multi-vendor and next-generation firewall management.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)Tufin Orchestration Suite
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)Tufin Orchestration Suite
Considered Both Products
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
Chose SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) was by far the easiest to implement and it just started working right out of the box. Within a few hours were we populating our config backup repository and soon after that, we were writing scripts to audit our configurations. …
Tufin Orchestration Suite

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Top Pros
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Features
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)Tufin Orchestration Suite
Firewall Security Management
Comparison of Firewall Security Management features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
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Ratings
Tufin Orchestration Suite
8.2
2 Ratings
0% below category average
Policy planning and rule management00 Ratings9.32 Ratings
Automated Policy Orchestration00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Device Discovery00 Ratings6.92 Ratings
Policy Compliance Auditing00 Ratings8.62 Ratings
Attack Path Simulation Testing00 Ratings5.62 Ratings
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Vulnerability Scans00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Firewall Rule Cleanup00 Ratings9.32 Ratings
Best Alternatives
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)Tufin Orchestration Suite
Small Businesses
Auvik
Auvik
Score 8.3 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
PingPlotter
PingPlotter
Score 9.5 out of 10
Palo Alto Panorama
Palo Alto Panorama
Score 8.6 out of 10
Enterprises

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Palo Alto Panorama
Palo Alto Panorama
Score 8.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)Tufin Orchestration Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(141 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.1
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.1
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.7
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)Tufin Orchestration Suite
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Tufin
Well suited scenarios - 1) Firewall Policy / Ruleset management 2) Where all the products are from Tufin like TOS ST, SC, SecureApp etc 3) Where customer focuses on ruleset compliance - USP violations, and other features Less suited - 1) Agnostic/distributed environment - Tough with integrate with 3rd party like CyberArk 2) FW recertification processes / exception process when complex process is included
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Pros
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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Tufin
  • Firewall management
  • Compliance reports
  • Unused rules and optimization
  • Policy Automation
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Cons
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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Tufin
  • Palo Alto Networks Integration
  • Better/more user friendly api for integration with ticketing systems
  • Web UI structure is not user-friendly
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Likelihood to Renew
SolarWinds
Medium complexity to set up in the beginning if using any non-standard devices or configurations, else fairly easy (e.g. Cisco Nexus or IOS-based devices). Reports are fairly straightforward to set up. Updates to the platform are fairly straightforward and don't take a major effort. Easy to add or remove devices.
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Tufin
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Usability
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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Tufin
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Support Rating
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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Tufin
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Online Training
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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Tufin
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Implementation Rating
SolarWinds
it was a fairly easy implementation and everything was pretty straightforward. only challenge we had was getting all the snmp communities updated on the networking equipment
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Tufin
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Alternatives Considered
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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Tufin
1) Fairly okay overall but definitely needs improvement overall Vs the other products available in the market like Palo Alto XSOAR 2) Cost wise okay at the beginning but when client demands add-ons/ more features/customization tailored to their needs, Tufin Orchestration Suite recommends RFE / custom costs/development costs 3) USP feature is cool to use overall Vs FireMon 4) Tufin ProServ needs to buckle-up/Support compared to other competitors in the market
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Return on Investment
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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Tufin
  • I think if you correctly configure your SIEM, you don't need Tufin. You can correlate a lot of things for firewalls.
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ScreenShots

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) Screenshots

Screenshot of Network Automation -  manage rapid change across complex and multi-vendor networks, reduce time needed to complete repetitive tasks, and maintain standards and service levels for uninterrupted ITScreenshot of Config Backup - rest easy knowing you can locate the most current configuration and quickly apply it to a replacement spare, or to roll back a blown configuration.Screenshot of Vulnerability Scanning - Take the hassle out of vulnerability scanning using NCM's integration with the National Vulnerability Database and access to the most current CVE’s to identify vulnerabilities in your Cisco devices.Screenshot of Inventory Management - Be able to know what devices are connected to your network, their hardware and software configurations, and when they approach end-of-service and end-of-life, with NCM device configuration management tool.Screenshot of User Management - Use NCM's integrated console to lock down devices from unauthorized access, delegate who can view device details and make configuration changes, and determine when network changes can occur.Screenshot of Baselines and Diffs - IT professionals can get a more comprehensive view by leveraging baselines across multiple nodes. Diff view in NCM’s network configuration management tool is designed to highlight only those lines that changed.