SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) vs. Tivoli

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SolarWinds NPM
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds NPM is a monitoring and performance management platform. It provides performance troubleshooting support, auto network discovery, customizable thresholds, and can be rapidly deployed.
$1,638
per year
Tivoli
Score 5.2 out of 10
N/A
N/AN/A
Pricing
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)Tivoli
Editions & Modules
NPM
$1,638
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SolarWinds NPMTivoli
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 Performance Monitor (NPM)Tivoli
Considered Both Products
SolarWinds NPM
Chose SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
We used to have Nagios, which is free. Not really a fair comparison to a free product. Obviously, SolarWinds NPM blows Nagios out of the water, but it isn't cheap. We also tried IBMs management suite but requirement to install an agent turned us off.
Chose SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
IBM was not as intuitive and required a development team to get that system running in a state that functioned for the tier 1 ISP. The lightweight coding allowed for hundreds of thousands of nodes to be monitored though (I believe it was upwards of 500k nodes)
Remedy was great …
Tivoli

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)Tivoli
Network Performance Monitoring
Comparison of Network Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
7.9
231 Ratings
5% below category average
Tivoli
-
Ratings
Automated network device discovery7.9210 Ratings00 Ratings
Network monitoring8.8231 Ratings00 Ratings
Baseline threshold calculation7.8201 Ratings00 Ratings
Alerts8.7228 Ratings00 Ratings
Network capacity planning7.7188 Ratings00 Ratings
Packet capture analysis7.3130 Ratings00 Ratings
Network mapping7.2190 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable reports8.1212 Ratings00 Ratings
Wireless infrastructure monitoring7.1153 Ratings00 Ratings
Hardware health monitoring8.6215 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)Tivoli
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(237 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.3
(27 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(21 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(44 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(17 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)Tivoli
Likelihood to Recommend
SolarWinds
Solarwinds NPM is well suited for medium to large networks, it may be a bit heavy for the SOHO environment as most of the tools and reports are designed for monitoring KPIs which may not be critical for a small shop. NPM can handle large networks with several sites and mixed technologies ranging from networks, server systems, storage devices and SLA reporting.
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IBM
For either DB2 or zLinux, Tivoli is hands-down the best solution. For Oracle and other operating systems, there are more advanced solutions available. Some of these features are considered "game-changing" by our Sys Admins. Of the three solutions I've dealt with, Tivoli ranks right in the middle with cost, features, and complexity. A nice solution (and the best for the options I listed above), but not cutting-edge.
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Pros
SolarWinds
  • Out of the Monitoring of almost all Network Devices.
  • Build custom pollers to monitor which is not supported out of the box.
  • Further you can alert on these custom metrics and Out of the box metrics.
  • It provides you great dashboards, Reports features.
  • You can integrate it with any MoM layer tools either using its API or sending out traps.
  • Out of the box Integration with Service Now ITSM Tool.
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IBM
  • Fully customizable
  • Automate various portions of various applications
  • Great at Access Management (but also Release, Change, Event, etc)
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Cons
SolarWinds
  • The software upgrade process is a little hairy and has caused me trouble on occasion.
  • The server that it needs to run is a bit of a resource hog along with the SQL server.
  • Some additional features like the network map are a bit clunky compared to some other products that we use.
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IBM
  • Tivoli is not manageable from the GUI console and I believe it needs a dedicated resource to manage the software.
  • Tivoli (TSM) configuration is complex, granular, and scalable with customizable configuration features, but it requires a good administrator that has a strong knowledge of the product.
  • It needs additional agents or plugins for administration; for example, I have to use an MMC plug-in on the servers.
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Likelihood to Renew
SolarWinds
The entire IT staff relies on NPM in its daily operations. It would be impossible for us to maintain our level of service without it. If SolarWinds gets to proud of their product and begins to over charge for it, we would be forced to reconsider and use a different product. But as it stands it is worth the price to renew it.
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IBM
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Usability
SolarWinds
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is quite an extensive product, covering all our bases and requirements. There are a lot of customizable options and features which you can work with for their alerting which is really useful. I haven't found anything yet which I thought SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) could do, but it actually couldn't so overall it works nicely and does the job.
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IBM
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Reliability and Availability
SolarWinds
Always available. Always is important to plan the software available during the machine/application setup.
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IBM
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Performance
SolarWinds
Pages load slow, especially the bettors map. Could be that my server is old.
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IBM
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Support Rating
SolarWinds
In all of the times that we called support, someone at SolarWinds had the answer for us in a timely manner. Through thwack and other internet searching, we have been able to resolve all of our issues that arose to our satisfaction. The support staff have always been knowledgeable of their products or had a fellow support staff member to rely on to get the needed answers.
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IBM
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Online Training
SolarWinds
The training is good but during the implementation, you can get situations not learned during the training. The trainer was very open to hearing the questions about use cases and always sharing his experience. I really recommend having official training to take advantage of all features that the NPM can bring.
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IBM
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Implementation Rating
SolarWinds
Make sure your inventory is accurate. Stand up some virtual machines for testing prior to installation. Make sure your database and its credentials are setup. Think about things you want to monitor that may not be obvious - UPS units, Door hardware, PBX systems, Fabric Channel switches, firewalls, routers, switches. Try to setup SNMP on these devices and have an IP that you will assign to the new server. If you do that it will go well.
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IBM
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Alternatives Considered
SolarWinds
We selected SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor because of the capabilities of the product versus the price. The tools also work well with their other products and support is fairly good. We have never had a problem when we needed to make a call.
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IBM
Tivoli sits right in the middle of these two products, all things considered. Each has its own strengths (Cohesity has bells and whistles, CommVault works well with Microsoft). Tivoli is a nice blend and rock-solid once implemented.
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Scalability
SolarWinds
From the direction and information I have been given it is very flexible and scalelable
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IBM
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Return on Investment
SolarWinds
  • SolarWinds allows us to proactively address hardware issues before they impact the business. We recently had a server that was experiencing issues sporadically and we were able to use the data from SolarWinds to track down and correct the issue before it tanked the server.
  • SolarWinds gives our IT department some piece of mind knowing that they'll be alerted of any issues real time.
  • We can use SolarWinds data to justify needed to replace or upgrade certain equipment that is key to our core business.
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IBM
  • Single sign on and web-threat protection
  • Cutting down time to enter multiple usernames and passwords
  • Cutting support call times across multi apps
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ScreenShots

SolarWinds NPM Screenshots

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