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What is NetBrain?

NetBrain Technologies in Burlington offers their network automation and management platform, emphasizing dynamic and accurate network mapping and automated troubleshooting and basic security analysis, as well as integration with an existing CMDB.

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What is NetBrain?

NetBrain Technologies in Burlington offers their network automation and management platform, emphasizing dynamic and accurate network mapping and automated troubleshooting and basic security analysis, as well as integration with an existing CMDB.

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Product Details

What is NetBrain?

NetBrain is a network monitoring solution. NetBrain's automation technology aims to deliver accurate documentation, faster troubleshooting and improved security for the user's network.

The vendor touts the following five benefits of NetBrain:

  1. Dynamic Map is a user interface designed for automating any tasks. (According to the vendor, it is the first of its kind.)
  2. Intelligent network discovery is capable of learning a heterogeneous network – multi-vendor, virtual and SDN.
  3. Integrate with existing tools to pull any network information directly on the map.
  4. Triggered automation starts mapping and diagnoses before the engineer arrives on the scene.
  5. Executable Runbooks saves a team’s precious tribal knowledge for improved collaboration.

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January 04, 2024

One stop automation shop

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
NetBrain is a automation tool which we use to automate our task. We are also using NetBrain for our network devices monitoring, using Qapps we monitor our network performance and for any protocol failure. We have integrated NetBrain with Slack and if anything goes down in the network , NetBrain notifies us via email and Slack notifications.
  • Network Automation
  • You can create Quick apps based on your requirement and run it
  • Set Golden path rule for your network path
  • After every release one or the other things stop working
  • API call to create INC's in SNOW,Remedy
It can be best used for network monitoring, automation and for change management stuff
  • it definitely saves a lot of time so I would say it has good ROI
Best part of NetBrain is that it is customisable ,you can create apps based on your requirement and run them in your environment. Lot of flexibility
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use NetBrain to monitor our global network environment. It is used by the Network Team to help troubleshoot or proactively prevent issues such as bottlenecks, discards, errors or dropped packets and help with the problem-solving daily. The Service Desk monitors via NetBrain 24/7 to react to issues and alerts that arise.
  • Identify throughput issues, discards, dropped packets, etc.
  • 24/7 real-time monitoring
  • Detailed, easy to read logs
  • Proactive issue resolving
  • Ease of setup
  • Like to be able to send logs to SIEM
  • Dual links to SDWAN show as 1 circuit, would like to see both
Great for our large global environment. Works well with our legacy and newer equipment. Ease of install was exciting compared to other products we POC'd. Less of a learning curve when training Teams on how to monitor and troubleshoot while in production. Service desk were able to capture the logs and load into our ticketing system with ease.
  • Monitoring
  • Install (ease of)
  • Finding problems before they become a huge issue
  • Time it takes for Service Desk to identify issues has been cut into 1/2
  • Able to present maps to management for circuit throughput issues and why we need a larger circuit
  • The logs are clear and easy to understand
The others were cumbersome, slow and there is a huge learning curve for the installation, configuration and just daily monitoring. NetBrain was the easiest of all to setup then let it run and build our network and map it out. Once it was complete, we immediately identified several circuit issues that we were unaware of within our network. With the maps and information gained, we were able to present to [management] and prove a case that we needed larger circuits in several areas.
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Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
NetBrain is part of our organization over all network management framework solution that is always offered to our customers for enhanced Network issues troubleshooting and auditing. When ever there is an outage in the network or network team wants to quickly validate the root cause we offer NetBrain to use as a single and effective tool.
  • Network Issues Troubleshooting
  • Visualizing the root cause using color coding
  • out of the box runbooks available
  • Deep Network Fault and Performance Monitoring
  • Historical data caching and reporting
  • Out of the box integrations with standard tools
Although there are many products in the market that provides very simple and easy fault and performance monitoring metrics in notification format, reports and emails etc However NetBrain is a specialized tool when it comes to network issues troubleshooting for various kind of scenarios such as multicasting issues in a site can be detected live and bottle neck can be highlighted by a simple click of troubleshooting button.
  • Visualization of the problematic network component in a simple GUI
  • Devices topology view
  • Runbook report availability
  • Auditing Network configuration in live environment
  • Enhanced Network troubleshooting for our Network tea
  • Out of the box pre-build runbook reports with all required details
  • Additional cost for troubleshooting feature
NetBrain is a specialized tool and other tools in the market nowhere stands up to its capabilities. Some capabilities are beyond what competitor are meant to designed for example - Network configuration auditing using a simple click, Out of the box runbook reports availability which can be sent to higher management without any hassle.
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Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We had three major reasons to search for a new documentation tool:
  • First, our old network documentation tool was not anymore supported.
  • Second, our network documentation was far behind the reality as with increased workload and decreased manpower we just had no time to document.
  • Third, we wanted a network documentation tool, not a swiss army knife solution that normally is weak in network documentation.
The decision to buy NetBrain was made to have a new network documentation tool that updates the network documentation automatically.
  • It automatically updates your network documentation.
  • You can search for devices even if they are no longer operational (by a lot of attributes).
  • It can simplify your troubleshooting by showing you the L2/L3 path a packet would take.
  • It can automate and document the steps of troubleshooting tasks to get more information from one level of support to the next.
  • The support team of NetBrain is very fast and very helpful.
  • Heaps of information in the maps.
  • Not all devices are integrated with the same quality.
  • Not all steps are self-explaining.
  • The updates were difficult (but thanks to the help of support no real problem).
In Cisco environments (especially IOS and IOS-XE) NetBrain looks nearly perfect. The network is loaded with heaps of information you would never document if you would have to do it manually. The information is there but you can decide what is visible at first glance and for what information you want to zoom in a bit more on the map for.

There are still some problems with the automatic documentation and path discovery with virtual L2 firewalls.
Although the implementation of the documentation of Cisco ACI is just in the beginning but, if finished, it's probably a great tool to have an end-to-end view of paths from the legacy network into SDN.
  • Network automation is up to date.
  • Quicker failure discovery and resolving due to the path discovery.
  • Less time spent on documentation.
  • Much more details in the documentation.
We used NetViz and Microsoft Visio before.

NetViz was a great tool at its time but it's not the best solution anymore and Microsoft Visio is good in a lot of things but more of a Swiss Army knife than a network documentation tool.

We had a look at NetTerrain which looked like a good documentation tool and would have given us the advantage of importing our old NetViz documentation.

The main disadvantage with all of these tools compared to NetBrain is that the documentation needs to be done manually.
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