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Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution is that company's option... for LAN management.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/40/Lo/W2USAUKW6MU6.jpegA great solution for distributed environmentsCurrently, we use Cisco Prime LAN Management across the whole organization. We deployed it in our HQ, and from there we manage all the LAN and remote location's sites. It's obvious that for us, having multiple sites in different countries, Cisco Prime gives us a huge advantage. We can deploy our configuration, monitor equipment, and generate reports in one single pane of glass. Regarding business aspects, we can save a lot of money on consulting services remotely, at the same time increasing performance solving issues and getting business online much faster.,You can deploy from simple snippets of config to a whole template to multiple devices at the same time. That saves us a lot of time (remember that time is money) when we need to change some setting globally, like adjust a ACL or add new global policy. Doesn't matter how many models of the same equipment you have. The Network Topology map is also a great tool for troubleshooting. You can check several aspects of the topology, the connection between the equipment, the status of the connections and even check specific alarms related to that part of the topology (or map). Again, consider that in a multi site, global environment and you'll see the benefits. Inventory and firmware updates are also great tools inside the solution. You have check exactly what equipment is outdated and schedule an update with a couple of clicks. You can do that also in a batch, saving a lot of time (and money) and avoid to go handle the equipment one by one, sometimes even needing to have physical access to those equipment.,Maps. One thing that I miss is the fact that you can't see both wired and wireless equipment in the same topology map. For visualization and troubleshooting purposes, that would help a lot, and I honestly don' t think it's that much harder to implement. I'd love to see an option to show 'live dashboards,' maps, or other visual tools to publish in a NOC room, or even just to broadcast in a big monitor to allow multiple workmates to check that information. Again, I don't think that would be too hard to implement. I remember a similar feature was available in the first versions of the product, way back in the 90's (yes, I'm that old :-) ) Sometimes, depending on what screen you are, the solution can be a little slow. I'm not saying the whole system is slow, but sometimes that slowness can bother a little. Talking about areas for improvement, one area I think can be improved is the upgrade process. Even for not so large deployments, it can take a lot of time. Having this time decreased would be the right thing to do.,10,Has increased our ability to solve issues much faster, especially in distributed or global environments. Saves a lot of money on consultancy services. If you need to dispatch an employee or a third-party contractor to do things, you can do them remotely with Cisco Prime. The inventory tool also gives us a great overview of the whole infrastructure, and it can be very useful to keep up with what areas need investment, etc. Capacity planning is very important nowadays.,Nagios and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager,Zabbix, Microsoft System Center Configuration ManagerCisco Prime LMS is a low profile workhorse to get your Cisco devices managed and configured.We use Cisco Prime LMS to manage and administer all of our various Cisco devices. It supports switches, routers, firewalls, wireless access points, and wireless controllers. A central point of managing network devices in an enterprise is required due to the deployed volume you're dealing with and trying to manage. Cisco Prime LMS does this well.,Cisco Prime LMS excels at gathering metrics and configuration information from all of the devices at regularly scheduled intervals. We can compare changes in configurations from particular dates, which allows us to troubleshoot issues quicker. The reports that you can run are well composed, and it is easy to generate new reports that will fit your needs. The system installs on a single server, so there's no need to dedicate separate applications and database servers. CPU, Storage, and RAM requirements are reasonable so you won't need a high-end server either.,Cisco Prime LMS isn't able to gather metrics from firewalls with multiple contexts, so you need to create each context as a new firewall, which can make it cumbersome and difficult to manage if you have more than 10 contexts. The application also doesn't support the latest Cisco technologies such as ACI and UCS, so LMS shouldn't be considered a single pane of glass for all things Cisco. It seems that the development of the product has slowed in order to focus on newer offerings from Cisco. It's unfortunate because this product is a good workhorse that chugs right along and doesn't eat up resources like some of Cisco's newer products do.,8,A big ROI point is the ability to push configurations to all devices automatically without having to touch each one manually. That saves a lot of admin time. The alerts received into Cisco Prime LMS from the devices will warn the administrators of potential issues such as fans or power supplies failing so that one can replace them before the whole node goes down, losing connectivity and sometimes revenue. The wireless access point monitoring helps with the yearly budget for IT infrastructure due to how many users connect or how saturated the links become. If it's public WiFi then that will provide the public with a positive experience at your company.,OpenNMS and Spiceworks,Foglight, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, Oracle VM VirtualBoxPrime management for your Cisco gear!Cisco Prime is currently being used by our networking team to keep track of networking gear, to authenticate wireless users via 802.11x and to help troubleshoot network issues across our entire infrastructure. We also use it to store our wireless maps for surveys and to help desktop technicians diagnose and fix wireless issues across multiple locations.,Provides nice graphs and visuals that help identify issues at a glance Dashboards are customizable and can be made to fit your particular use case Can drill down and get really in depth when needed,Prime can be be difficult to use in some cases where the UI falls short in doing things effeciently Prime maps can take quite a while to load with lots of APs Locations for certain key functions are sometimes buried away behind menus that don't pertain to it,8,Cisco Prime shortens the time we need to address wireless issues by providing useful data quickly, freeing up resources for other tasks. Cisco Prime also helps identify authentication issues without having to manually pry into Radius logs, which frees up technician time for other things. Cisco Prime's dashboard let us concentrate on projects and other things while giving us vital information at a glance.,Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco ASA, Cisco Aironet Access Points, Palo Alto Panorama, SolarWinds Network Device MonitorCisco Prime and WhatsUp Gold combo[It's] Used primarily by the network infrastructure team for both wired and wireless solutions. We mainly use it for monthly reporting, wireless statistics, wireless deployment planning for a 4 building campus with 1000+ users. When we have a complaint of wireless coverage issues, we can quickly determine the APs involved, and adjust any settings necessary.,Wireless planning mode has been very helpful when expanding to new areas in our buildings. The alerting is very detailed when we have any issues on hardwired and wireless devices Depth of Cisco equipment information is much deeper than we can get from SNMP queries in other management products The detailed reporting capabilities greatly increase our KPI reporting for senior management,Wireless management is somewhat lacking in that we still need to go to our WLC for deeper changes Alerting is not deeply descriptive requiring more digging Wireless alerts do not give true reasons for disassociation, only that AP disassociated,7,It has made it easier to plan and implement our Wireless deployments Our wireless coverage maps assist us in troubleshooting The reporting has helped better report KPI reporting to Sr. management,WhatsUp Gold,WhatsUp Gold, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth AnalyzerCisco PrimeWe use Cisco Prime to monitor our wireless infrastructure, backup device configurations, provide wireless analysis and predictions. It assists us in preliminary wireless access point mounting locations to provide adequate wireless coverage.,Great tool for troubleshooting end device connectivity issues by showing wireless stats. Great tool for documenting wireless access point placements in buildings. Good tool for automatically backing up device configurations,Limited zoom options in the wireless maps can be frustrating. Reporting isn't very easy to use, especially for device inventory reports.,8,Reduces need for detailed wireless surveys. Single tool for configuration management and troubleshooting.,Cisco Prime Infrastructure vs. other Management SoftwareCisco Prime LAN Management Solution is used in our organization to manage all the switches, router and access points we have. We have approximately 300 switches, 10 routers and almost 300 access points.,Alerting is good Ease of management Supports wide range of products that can be configured easily by SNMP,Topology view should be included Host recognizability should be added,8,Because of effective alerts the down time has been reduced a lot. Managment of access points is very easily done.,Infoblox IPAM,SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer, Infoblox IPAM
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July 23, 2019

A great solution for distributed environments

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Currently, we use Cisco Prime LAN Management across the whole organization. We deployed it in our HQ, and from there we manage all the LAN and remote location's sites. It's obvious that for us, having multiple sites in different countries, Cisco Prime gives us a huge advantage. We can deploy our configuration, monitor equipment, and generate reports in one single pane of glass. Regarding business aspects, we can save a lot of money on consulting services remotely, at the same time increasing performance solving issues and getting business online much faster.
  • You can deploy from simple snippets of config to a whole template to multiple devices at the same time. That saves us a lot of time (remember that time is money) when we need to change some setting globally, like adjust a ACL or add new global policy. Doesn't matter how many models of the same equipment you have.
  • The Network Topology map is also a great tool for troubleshooting. You can check several aspects of the topology, the connection between the equipment, the status of the connections and even check specific alarms related to that part of the topology (or map). Again, consider that in a multi site, global environment and you'll see the benefits.
  • Inventory and firmware updates are also great tools inside the solution. You have check exactly what equipment is outdated and schedule an update with a couple of clicks. You can do that also in a batch, saving a lot of time (and money) and avoid to go handle the equipment one by one, sometimes even needing to have physical access to those equipment.
  • Maps. One thing that I miss is the fact that you can't see both wired and wireless equipment in the same topology map. For visualization and troubleshooting purposes, that would help a lot, and I honestly don' t think it's that much harder to implement.
  • I'd love to see an option to show 'live dashboards,' maps, or other visual tools to publish in a NOC room, or even just to broadcast in a big monitor to allow multiple workmates to check that information. Again, I don't think that would be too hard to implement. I remember a similar feature was available in the first versions of the product, way back in the 90's (yes, I'm that old :-) )
  • Sometimes, depending on what screen you are, the solution can be a little slow. I'm not saying the whole system is slow, but sometimes that slowness can bother a little.
  • Talking about areas for improvement, one area I think can be improved is the upgrade process. Even for not so large deployments, it can take a lot of time. Having this time decreased would be the right thing to do.
One thing is clear: Cisco Prime LAN is well suited for an enterprise environment. If you have enterprise-class network equipment, you'll be well served. If you only use or have a mix of SMB class equipment and enterprise, maybe you won't see the true value. Also, if you only use Meraki equipment, you also probably won't see much value.
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February 09, 2019

Cisco Prime LMS is a low profile workhorse to get your Cisco devices managed and configured.

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco Prime LMS to manage and administer all of our various Cisco devices. It supports switches, routers, firewalls, wireless access points, and wireless controllers. A central point of managing network devices in an enterprise is required due to the deployed volume you're dealing with and trying to manage. Cisco Prime LMS does this well.
  • Cisco Prime LMS excels at gathering metrics and configuration information from all of the devices at regularly scheduled intervals. We can compare changes in configurations from particular dates, which allows us to troubleshoot issues quicker.
  • The reports that you can run are well composed, and it is easy to generate new reports that will fit your needs.
  • The system installs on a single server, so there's no need to dedicate separate applications and database servers. CPU, Storage, and RAM requirements are reasonable so you won't need a high-end server either.
  • Cisco Prime LMS isn't able to gather metrics from firewalls with multiple contexts, so you need to create each context as a new firewall, which can make it cumbersome and difficult to manage if you have more than 10 contexts.
  • The application also doesn't support the latest Cisco technologies such as ACI and UCS, so LMS shouldn't be considered a single pane of glass for all things Cisco.
  • It seems that the development of the product has slowed in order to focus on newer offerings from Cisco. It's unfortunate because this product is a good workhorse that chugs right along and doesn't eat up resources like some of Cisco's newer products do.
Cisco Prime LMS is well suited for medium to large companies and enterprises that employ Cisco network equipment. Its reasonably sized footprint allows it to work fairly maintenance free once it's configured to do its job. If you're a small business with just a couple of dozen Cisco devices, then this product might not provide the best ROI for you compared to some open source network management solutions available.
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February 05, 2019

Prime management for your Cisco gear!

Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco Prime is currently being used by our networking team to keep track of networking gear, to authenticate wireless users via 802.11x and to help troubleshoot network issues across our entire infrastructure. We also use it to store our wireless maps for surveys and to help desktop technicians diagnose and fix wireless issues across multiple locations.
  • Provides nice graphs and visuals that help identify issues at a glance
  • Dashboards are customizable and can be made to fit your particular use case
  • Can drill down and get really in depth when needed
  • Prime can be be difficult to use in some cases where the UI falls short in doing things effeciently
  • Prime maps can take quite a while to load with lots of APs
  • Locations for certain key functions are sometimes buried away behind menus that don't pertain to it
I'd recommend Cisco Prime for an enterprise that runs on mostly Cisco gear. It has some really neat tools baked in and is very useful in helping identify issues with everything from wireless access points to network switches. It also provides some nice dashboards that technicians and admins can use to see how their network is at a glance, without having to manually log into gear to take a look at vitals.
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June 25, 2018

Cisco Prime and WhatsUp Gold combo

Score 7 out of 10
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[It's] Used primarily by the network infrastructure team for both wired and wireless solutions. We mainly use it for monthly reporting, wireless statistics, wireless deployment planning for a 4 building campus with 1000+ users. When we have a complaint of wireless coverage issues, we can quickly determine the APs involved, and adjust any settings necessary.
  • Wireless planning mode has been very helpful when expanding to new areas in our buildings.
  • The alerting is very detailed when we have any issues on hardwired and wireless devices
  • Depth of Cisco equipment information is much deeper than we can get from SNMP queries in other management products
  • The detailed reporting capabilities greatly increase our KPI reporting for senior management
  • Wireless management is somewhat lacking in that we still need to go to our WLC for deeper changes
  • Alerting is not deeply descriptive requiring more digging
  • Wireless alerts do not give true reasons for disassociation, only that AP disassociated
Is the best tool for Cisco based hardware information, but alerting is limited
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July 06, 2018

Cisco Prime

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Cisco Prime to monitor our wireless infrastructure, backup device configurations, provide wireless analysis and predictions. It assists us in preliminary wireless access point mounting locations to provide adequate wireless coverage.
  • Great tool for troubleshooting end device connectivity issues by showing wireless stats.
  • Great tool for documenting wireless access point placements in buildings.
  • Good tool for automatically backing up device configurations
  • Limited zoom options in the wireless maps can be frustrating.
  • Reporting isn't very easy to use, especially for device inventory reports.
Well suited as a troubleshooting tool, especially for wireless. Not very well suited for reporting or health monitoring.
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September 09, 2016

Cisco Prime Infrastructure vs. other Management Software

Score 8 out of 10
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Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution is used in our organization to manage all the switches, router and access points we have. We have approximately 300 switches, 10 routers and almost 300 access points.
  • Alerting is good
  • Ease of management
  • Supports wide range of products that can be configured easily by SNMP
  • Topology view should be included
  • Host recognizability should be added
If your environment has Cisco AP and 5700 controller you have to (must) get Cisco Prime Infrastructure.
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