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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall Security Management

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Tufin Orchestration Suite

    85%
    Tufin Orchestration Suite ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Policy planning and rule management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    2 Ratings

    Automated Policy Orchestration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    2 Ratings

    Device Discovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    2 Ratings

    Policy Compliance Auditing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    2 Ratings

    Attack Path Simulation Testing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.3
    63%
    2 Ratings

    Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Vulnerability Scans

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Firewall Rule Cleanup

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

    87%
    139 Ratings
    7.8

    Tufin Orchestration Suite

    78%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    7.7

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

    77%
    4 Ratings

    Tufin Orchestration Suite

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    7.1

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

    71%
    8 Ratings

    Tufin Orchestration Suite

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.7

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

    77%
    13 Ratings

    Tufin Orchestration Suite

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    10.0

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

    100%
    1 Rating

    Tufin Orchestration Suite

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.1

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

    91%
    6 Ratings

    Tufin Orchestration Suite

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    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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    Pricing 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

      Tufin Orchestration Suite

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Tufin Orchestration Suite editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        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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        Tufin

        No answers on this topic

        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

        No answers on this topic

        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

        No answers on this topic

        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

        No answers on this topic

        Implementation Rating

        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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        Tufin

        No answers on this topic

        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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