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Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Network Watcher vs. SolarWinds NPM and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"The single-pane view provides us a view of all of our network infrastructure, and it is one of the most important tools that we use to see the status of our customers' networks.""The dashboards are valuable because they ease troubleshooting and viewing. It becomes easier to locate the source of a problem... The dashboards make it easier to communicate with our clients. They don't want to see the alert console, they want to see a beautiful dashboard representing their network and their business and to watch it in case something is wrong in their environment.""The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were looking for a solution, because of the flexibility of the reporting. That's what we found to be most attractive in the solution. You can display the data as you want.""You can concentrate and orchestrate several other solutions from other vendors. You can consolidate those solutions all in one place, then maintain and monitor from that single point. This creates ease of use. It is a very powerful solution from this point of view.""Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs.""We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good."

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"It provides good visibility.""The solution is stable."

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"The product is scalable.""The interface is user-friendly, making it easy to use.""The initial setup is easy.""It's a very good tool and a very stable tool.""It covers everything from end to end, from the standpoint of endpoint machines and the routers and switches. The switch port also comes there.""Technical support has always been great. They are very responsive. We've been satisfied with their level of support.""It did a good job of the collection and then an investigation of the net flow of information for understanding the applications that were being used at certain locations.""I like SolarWinds support because it's 24/7. You describe your issues, your situation and maybe two or three hours later you can discuss a solution with a technical engineer."

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Cons
"Currently, we have to go through all of the different templates and take a look at how the template is configured, and how specific parameters may change across different templates with different precedents, megatons, etc. It's a lot of work and involves trial and error. I wish they could simplify the process.""Centreon is actually missing an easy way to create a trendline for the metrics. Actually it is possible to create it, but you need a good knowledge of math, Centreon, and RRD.""Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature.""During the initial setup we faced some issues. Part of it was because we had to become more knowledgeable in the solution. There are some gray areas and if you don't know the product well you may have issues. Another part of it was some bugs that we came across, although that's part of every software solution in IT nowadays. But the initial setup could be easier.""I would like to see more plugins. That is something it needs. There is also room for improvement through dynamic thresholds, or self-discover thresholds. I would also like to see a discovery feature that could map the whole network environment and automatically suggest things.""Opening a ticket on the website of Centreon can be difficult for my colleague, but not for me because my English is good. However, my colleague doesn't speak English well, as our company is in Quebec and our first language is French."

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"Azure is good, however, the Fortinet GUI is more intuitive and I like it more than anything else.""The initial setup and deployment could be improved to be simplified."

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"I would like to see some enhancement on the reporting side, such as making it a little bit easier to create reports or having a larger assortment of canned reports.""There needs to be more integration of widgets, especially for reporting purposes.""They have had a rather large security breach in the past. It's cost some companies customers.""Technical support and releases are not particularly reliable.""If they did some type of synthetic monitoring, it would have been better.""My team has had a lot of issues with support.""Complex and overly detailed setup.""Technical support can be slow to respond."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Centreon is always available to develop new plugins when needed. The most important thing is that their maintenance account yearly subscription fee includes the fact that they will maintain the new plugins that you requested them to deliver.""Centreon is better than Nagios XI in regards to cost and support response times, when you have a problem. If you have a problem, it costs money to contact the Nagios XI support.""If you need basic monitoring without dashboards, just monitoring, the plugins are very useful and really cheap. If you want a more complete solution with dashboards and reporting, the EMS solution is great and it is not that much more expensive. It's a good value. Really good.""Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other tools where you have to purchase add-ons.""The pricing works out well for us, given our environment and where we are."

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"The NPM component of the system costs approximately $1,000 USD per year.""It is not an expensive product.""It is relatively inexpensive compared to other products in the same category.""There can be fees in addition to the licensing fees if you add on.""It is too expensive.""I find that the pricing is acceptable.""It's expensive and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing.""The price is more expensive than some other products, such as ManageEngine."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were… more »
Top Answer: Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other… more »
Top Answer: There is room for improvement in the basic reporting. They provide reporting in PDF files but you cannot modify these… more »
Top Answer: Azure is good, however, the Fortinet GUI is more intuitive and I like it more than anything else.
Top Answer: It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools are… more »
Top Answer: From my point of view, SolarWind is the best tool.
Top Answer: We are partners with SolarWinds and we sell a lot of Network management to large enterprises also because of… more »
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Also Known As
Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer
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Overview
The Centreon solution, based on a free to download Open Source Platform, monitors all critical IT Infrastructure and Applications with real-time dashboards, analytics and insightful alerts that prevent business-impacting downtimes. Since 2005, over 200,000 IT professionals from SMBs and Fortune 500 companies rely on Centreon to guarantee their organization operational performance.

Azure Network Watcher provides tools to monitor, diagnose, view metrics, and enable or disable logs for resources in an Azure virtual network. Network Watcher is designed to monitor and repair the network health of IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) products which includes Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks, Application Gateways, Load balancers, etc. Note: It is not intended for and will not work for PaaS monitoring or Web analytics.

Check the health and performance of your entire network for easier troubleshooting and faster results using SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor. NPM lets you quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance problems and outages. Now with built-in deep packet inspection and analysis you can immediately determine the impact of network or application latency on user experience.

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Sample Customers
Airbus, Bollore, BT, Canal Plus, Kuehne Nagel, Limagrain, LVMH, Oberthur Technologies, Orange, Darty, Addax Petroleum, Plastic Omnium, Auchan, Valeo, Saint Gobin, Clarins, Hugo Boss, JC Decaux, French Government (Defense, Justice, Environment, Agriculture), OptiComm, Thales, Zeiss.
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Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government6%
Wholesaler/Distributor5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government6%
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider11%
Computer Software Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise36%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise49%
Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Network Watcher vs. SolarWinds NPM and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,136 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Azure Network Watcher is ranked 45th in Network Monitoring Software with 2 reviews while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 4th in Network Monitoring Software with 26 reviews. Azure Network Watcher is rated 7.0, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Azure Network Watcher writes "Stable and provides good visibility, but the setup is complex, and graphs should be more granular". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Make monitoring key performance factors in your enterprise customized and effective". Azure Network Watcher is most compared with PRTG Network Monitor, Nmap, NetBrain and Auvik, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, LogicMonitor, Wireshark and PRTG Network Monitor. See our Azure Network Watcher vs. SolarWinds NPM report.

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