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N-able N-central

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What is N-able N-central?

MSPs and IT professionals use N-able™ N-central® to monitor and manage devices and complex networks remotely. N-central provides visibility and efficiency as the user's needs scale. N-central can help users: 1. Proactively monitor everything on a customer network—not just servers and workstations—and troubleshoot. 2. Stay…

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Remote Tasks Feature: Users have found the remote tasks feature to be extremely beneficial, with many reviewers stating that it has saved …
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N-Able? More like Dis-Able

1 out of 10
March 30, 2023
Ideally, we wanted to utilize N-able N-central's tools to provide RMM and remote access for client systems. We sought out an application …
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N-Able is more like M-abye

5 out of 10
March 16, 2023
We use N-able N-central to monitor our Windows servers in multiple data centers spanning Azure and 2 on premise data centers. We monitor …
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SolarWinds N-Central Review

10 out of 10
September 03, 2020
We use N-Central to manage AV, patching, and to provide remote helpdesk support to our clients. We also make heavy use of automation via …
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What is N-able N-central?

MSPs and IT professionals use N-able™ N-central® to monitor and manage devices and complex networks remotely. N-central provides visibility and efficiency as the user's needs scale. N-central can help users: 1. Proactively monitor everything on a customer network—not just servers and…

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

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Product Details

What is N-able N-central?

MSPs and IT professionals use N-able™ N-central® to monitor and manage devices and complex networks remotely. N-central provides visibility and efficiency as the user's needs scale. N-central can help users:

1. Proactively monitor everything on a customer network—not just servers and workstations—and troubleshoot.

2. Stay on top of threats with features like MFA, antivirus, integrated endpoint detection and response, data backup, disk encryption, email protection, and password management .


3. Automate routine tasks using rules and filters to customize policies by customer, site, or device type to gain precision and control.

N-able N-central Features

Monitoring Tasks Features

  • Supported: Remote monitoring
  • Supported: Network device monitoring

Management Tasks Features

  • Supported: Patch Management

Additional Features

  • Supported: Remote Monitoring & Management
  • Supported: Endpoint Detection & Response
  • Supported: Network Topology Mapping
  • Supported: Mobile Device Management
  • Supported: Remote Access
  • Supported: Automation Manager

N-able N-central Screenshots

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SolarWinds N-central: One Powerful IT Management Platform

N-able N-central Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android

Frequently Asked Questions

Datto SIRIS, ConnectWise Automate, and Kaseya Traverse are common alternatives for N-able N-central.

Reviewers rate Patch Management highest, with a score of 6.

The most common users of N-able N-central are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Community Insights

TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Remote Tasks Feature: Users have found the remote tasks feature to be extremely beneficial, with many reviewers stating that it has saved them time and provided convenience in managing multiple devices without physical interaction.

Remote Support Functionality: The remote support functionality of the product has received high praise from users, who appreciate its efficiency in troubleshooting and resolving issues without the need for physical presence. Many reviewers have specifically mentioned how easy it is to remotely control user devices and initiate remote sessions.

Management Capabilities: The management capabilities of SolarWinds N-central, especially in terms of patch management and anti-virus management, are considered top-notch by users. Automatic approval and deployment of patches, as well as scheduling automatic antivirus scans, streamline the process and ensure device security without manual intervention.

  1. Poor Customer Support: Users have expressed dissatisfaction with the customer support provided by N-central, stating that the support team often gives scripted or copy-paste responses, leading to a lengthy process of back and forth before finding a real solution. Several users have mentioned that it can take more than a week for their support issues to be resolved.

  2. Lack of Granular Security: Some users have mentioned the lack of granular security in N-central, where users are assigned roles and everything under that role becomes accessible. This may not be ideal for all technicians who require more specific access controls.

  3. Prioritization of Sales over Customer Satisfaction: There are concerns among users regarding Solarwinds N-able's prioritization of sales over customer satisfaction. Many users have experienced difficulties in receiving timely responses to their support issues or concerns, while the sales team appears to be relentless in meeting its quotas.

Users commonly recommend the following for N-Central:

  • Give it a try, especially with the free demos and trial period.
  • Take advantage of on-boarding sessions to fully understand and set up the product.
  • Spend time setting up and learning N-Central to fully experience its benefits.
  • Make sure to thoroughly research and understand the options and features before implementing.
  • Consider getting a trial to experience the capabilities of N-Central.
  • Plan implementation and start with basic features before fully committing.
  • Utilize global settings for easier use across customers.
  • Build graphic charts to monitor and track performance.
  • Dedicate a staff member to champion N-Central for maximum benefit.
  • Review the product and talk to an MSP using N-Central before switching RMMs.

These recommendations highlight the importance of exploring N-Central through free trials, taking time to set it up properly, understanding its features, utilizing resources available, planning implementation, and seeking feedback from other users.

Attribute Ratings

Reviews

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Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In my opinion, N-able N-central is a good "learn your lesson and move onto something better" tool. I've used many RMM tools over the years and I feel that this one is slow, does a terrible job with reporting, alerting, monitoring, software deployments, etc. The ability to turn on services like AV, backup, etc easily is cute, but you're not going to be able to use your own tools with this easily. In my experience, if you do turn those tools on for testing during the trial, you'll be charged later (despite it being a trial). They also turn off your ability to monitor these increased costs or to turn them off yourself. As a company, I found that they were impossible to work with. The sales team is right there if you want to buy something - but if you need anything other than to buy something, in my experience, they take days or weeks to navigate. I found that they are not a terribly ethical company and are more concerned with making a few dollars than creating a partnerships with MSPs. I can see value is in the advertised price of $99 for a hundred endpoints. However, you need to remember to not trial any other tools (like AV, backup, etc).
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
This seems to be better suited for MSPs and I can say after deploying and working with it, it does seem like it's a tool for MSPs as it uses terminology as such throughout the console. For a single business like us, I feel like we could have picked a better tool.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
N-able N-central is highly suitable for IT Admins within large organizations that need oversight of all it equipment. Ideal for managing organizations that need inventory and management of more than 10 IT devices. Highly inappropriate for smaller scale companies that mange less than 10 PCs
October 06, 2022

Good product

Chris Wilkinson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We chose N-able N-central because we felt it was more scalable than some of the other options out there as well as not being tied to some of the companies to avoid in our market. Its automation platform seemed the best for us to build upon. the base RMM features are the same across all platforms but we hoped to build our own automation and felt this gave us the best chance with most forgiving contracts.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We had a client that did not have VPN. However, we installed N-central and then we were able to remote into their network and provide remote support. We also tied N-central to MSP manager and Solarwinds Passportal. Being able to access your stored passwords while remoted into the customers' environment makes it very easy to manage tasks.
November 14, 2019

N-central Review

Robert Guy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
If you want relatively easy RMM with patch management control, N-central would be a good option. It can be a one-stop-shop, for RMM, Anti Virus, Backup, etc. Probably not the best fit for a larger scale company.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Very well suited for deployment on Azure as there is a containerized deployment that is appliance based. Very good for the MsP that is willing to put time into writing their own reports and putting some man hours in front of it to make it their own.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
N-central is great for small to medium size deployments. I don't think it would scale particularly well in a large enterprise situation. This is partly due to the limits of everything that has to be done through the front GUI and the limits of that GUI. In a larger environment where there are many rules, templates, filters, dashboards, etc... it can become difficult to navigate and manage. Also, there are no HA or DR solutions to speak of.
March 01, 2019

N-central deployment

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
N-central is good for deployment and utilization via Group Policy. N-central is good for Microsoft security patch deployment. N-central is good for monitoring suspicious activity. N-central is well suited for categories of devices. N-central, at least for us, does require intervention for the initial deployment and setup. N-central integrates well with an active directory.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
N-central is a great tool for managed service providers. The rollout strategy is very effective and easy. Onboarding managed services for a client can be quickly handled and noisy alarms settled. This is a great tool if one takes hardware monitoring seriously (which everyone should) as it's the best in class for that feature.
Ashley Babiarz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
N-central is great when you work with users that are not as tech savvy and you need to connect to their computers to troubleshoot an issue. N-central is also good for pushing out updates or holding commonly used files for easy installation on a computer.
Shaun Joubert | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
SolarWinds N-central is perfectly suited for Managed Service Providers that support SME's or Large Enterprises as scalability is not an issue, it also allows for automated patch management and automated reporting.


Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
N-Central is great for serious managed service providers that are managing assets and monitoring all devices. It allows us to create custom reports and do reviews for clients which then helps us gain more sales. We would not recommend it to very small computer companies that are only supporting a few companies.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It is not the best tool for remotely managing machines outside of your network, but fantastic and gives a TON of data on those machines inside your network. We have plants around the world and I can see real-time live usage and performance data at the click of a button. Issue with a machine locking up in Ireland? You can look at the performance, services, apps and whatever else might be running as well as check the error logs and about anything else you can think of to check without even interrupting the user experience. Invaluable.
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