We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The product has excellent stability."
"Automation of the ILS."
"The most valuable feature is the connectivity monitoring."
"Monitoring system provides a clear indication of what's going on in the network."
"The program is scalable enough for our usage."
"The most valuable feature is the alarm that is set up to trigger based on bandwidth utilization."
"The integration with other SolarWinds products is good."
"The most valuable features are the bandwidth analyzer, the monitoring, the network analyzer, it has overall good performance, and an easy deployment."
"The monitoring is perfect, showing you the details for the utilization of resources and network bandwidth."
"The software management tools are very useful for our customers."
"SolarWinds has improved our organization because whenever a device is down, we get an alert."
"What I like the most is the bandwidth assessment."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"It would be nice to have the ability to more easily collect information from other software when doing some types of analysis."
"It's a relatively expensive product for some clients."
"API lacks robustness."
"Sometimes the product gives us problems that require support."
"The pricing is expensive."
"It does not flow. It cannot do our metric performance monitoring. So it is very limited. They can do it but in a very limited fashion. It is only good for SNMP-based alerts."
"The Atlas module that is used for building the network map is very bad."
"I would like to see better customization capabilities."
"It's scalable, but it could be simplified because it's not completely easy."
"Technical support could be improved with quicker response times."
"If your network is on SolarWinds, and you notice that the traffic is bad because it says "user downloading a heavy file," it doesn't indicate which endpoint is downloading those heavy files. SolarWinds doesn't have the tools to be able to handle this kind of situation. You can just notice through your network device that the traffic is becoming overwhelming or heavy, but you cannot go inside and get more details related to the endpoint where it is happening. We would like SolarWinds to be able to handle this kind of situation and even manage the traffic inside a network from the endpoint to the network device. These would be good enhancements. It is mostly stable. The problem comes only when we want to add another SolarWinds model. SolarWinds has so many models, and sometimes when we want to add other models on the platforms that are reserved for our firm, it freezes. When this happens, we have to create a new VM for that model."
"This solution does not do a very good job when I am trying to look deeper into my internal network, in particular with respect to individual ports."
"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."
"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."
"The pricing works out well for us, given our environment and where we are."
"The product is licensed with contracts that work on a yearly basis rather than a monthly model."
"We pay yearly, and we are happy with its price."
"The price of this solution is exceptional."
"While the pricing is fair, it could be better."
"The pricing is reasonable."
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Cisco Data Center Network Manager is ranked 40th in Network Monitoring Software with 4 reviews while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is ranked 7th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 11 reviews. Cisco Data Center Network Manager is rated 8.0, while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco Data Center Network Manager writes "Dependable and has excellent stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer writes "Alerts us whenever a device is down but it cannot do metric performance monitoring". Cisco Data Center Network Manager is most compared with Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, Arista Data ANalyZer, vRealize Network Insight and Fortinet FortiSIEM, whereas SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is most compared with Cisco Stealthwatch, Zabbix, Auvik and Plixer Scrutinizer. See our Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer report.
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