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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Attribute Ratings

  • VMware Skyline is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

8.8

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

88%
143 Ratings
9.0

VMware Skyline

90%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
4 Ratings
10.0

VMware Skyline

100%
1 Rating

Usability

7.1

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

71%
8 Ratings
10.0

VMware Skyline

100%
1 Rating

Support Rating

7.7

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

77%
13 Ratings

VMware Skyline

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

10.0

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

100%
1 Rating

VMware Skyline

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

91%
6 Ratings

VMware Skyline

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds

Solarwinds Network configuration manager is great and robust for a high ended environment where we have hundreds and thousands of devices and tools for configuration and monitoring. And if the scope is limited, I don't think it is appropriate to use it there.
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VMware

It is best suited for customers having premier support services and looking for faster remediation. The VCenter server and VSAN environment are covered in the VMware Skyline. The environments which are critical and run very secure applications and do not have access to internet connection on the Virtualization environment can not use the VMware skyline as it is unable to send the logs automatically to the VMware support team.
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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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VMware

  • VMware Skyline showed me my end of life cisco drivers.
  • Skyline listed unsupported VMtools and listed the VMs using such versions.
  • Skyline listed out-of-date hardware compatibility versions and the VMs matching such versions.
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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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VMware

  • collection of product usage pattern
  • workload visibility on customers machine is none
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Pricing Details

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

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

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    VMware Skyline

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    VMware Skyline 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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      VMware

      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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      VMware

      It's super easy to use.
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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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      VMware

      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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      VMware

      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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      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      SolarWinds

      At the time SolarWinds was the biggest player in the space and their whole portfolio was very comprehensive. As time progressed and newer technologies came about (i.e. SDWAN) their products couldn't keep up with the consumer demands and changing market. Security became such a big focus that once Solarwinds got hacked we had to remove all their products from our environment
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      VMware

      It is lacking when after installation and requires more manual configuration. and more expensive according to VMware skyline.
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      Return on Investment

      SolarWinds

      • Saves 100s of hours a year in man hours over manual configuration.
      • Saved easily 50k in lost revenue when a switch rebooted with months old unsaved configuration. NCM let us quickly restore a snapshot of the running config from the previous day.
      • Saves us several man hours per week of config auditing by reducing all changes to a summary email.
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      VMware

      • Less time in troubleshooting
      • Less resources required
      • Minimise the unexpected failures and downtimes.
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