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Pros
"After installation, you almost forget that it is working.""The feature I find most valuable, is the stability of the solution.""I like that is easy to work on and straightforward.""The product has excellent stability.""Monitoring system provides a clear indication of what's going on in the network.""Automation of the ILS.""The most valuable feature is the connectivity monitoring."

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"We can proactively fix historical issues, so we won't face those problems in future.""The set up was very easy. We didn't have any problems with the setup. The deployment took less than an hour.""This has helped us to monitor the availability of our routers, switches, servers, and virtual environments.""I can do everything remotely, including running PowerShell scripts or performing standard updates.""It is very extensible with 'SWQL' and APIs to where we are beginning to integrate it with network automation.""We had some interfaces where the SFP Ports were having some problems after a while. We found which of the SFP Ports was having the error and changed it, so the bandwidth become okay.""All the features are very good. The monitoring of the equipment, the configuration manager, and the IP address monitoring are great.""The connectivity of the solution is very good."

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Cons
"In the next release, I would like to see it merged with Prime and I think that it should be more unified.""It is not very easy to monitor or to browse.""The configuration is too complicated and you have to create templates and use a lot of menus.""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."

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"It is not that stable. As a Windows software, I have seen issues with SolarWinds. The performance is slow.""The aesthetic widgets should be dynamic widgets, so the customization can be even more customizable.""Application Performance Monitoring should be included in this solution.""I would like to see integration with antivirus or other security endpoint solutions.""This solution would benefit from expanding on the capabilities within the API.""We are looking to change away from this solution because of the documentation and the solution doesn't have enough integration in our country. The documentation is too weak.""Scalability is a bit tricky because it requires more gateways in order to get the performance you may need. It also requires a lot of licensing.""My team has had a lot of issues with support."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The solution is very expensive.""The product is licensed with contracts that work on a yearly basis rather than a monthly model."

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"The pricing needs to be improved. It is too high. One full engine costs around $10 000, which is why we don't have high availability right now.""The pricing is very expensive for SolarWinds. That's a huge disadvantage for it.""We have a perpetual license for this solution, and my impression is that this solution is cheap.""The cost is based on the number of nodes, so it is expensive when you have a lot of them.""It is expensive.""Some solutions are open source and free.""It is relatively inexpensive compared to other products in the same category.""It's expensive and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the connectivity monitoring.
Top Answer: Sometimes the product gives us problems that require support. There are still several things that need to be done in order to perfect this solution.
Top Answer: It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools are better for only network devices while others are better for a cloud monitoring or… 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 scalability, products like Network Performance Monitor & Netflow Traffic Analyzer are… more »
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Also Known As
Data Center Network Manager
Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer
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Overview
Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) is designed to help you efficiently implement, visualize, and manage Cisco Unified Fabric. It includes a comprehensive feature set, along with a customizable dashboard that provides enhanced visibility and automated fabric provisioning of dynamic data centers.

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
Banco de Guayaquil, Cox Communications, Kuwait Petroleum Italia, Roper St. Francis, University of British Columbia
Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider47%
Computer Software Company22%
Retailer5%
Government4%
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company15%
Comms Service Provider12%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise42%
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise52%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise62%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs. SolarWinds NPM and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
464,594 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Data Center Network Manager is ranked 26th in Network Monitoring Software with 7 reviews while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 4th in Network Monitoring Software with 22 reviews. Cisco Data Center Network Manager is rated 7.8, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Data Center Network Manager writes "Dependable and has excellent stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Make monitoring key performance factors in your enterprise customized and effective". Cisco Data Center Network Manager is most compared with SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, Zabbix, Arista Data ANalyZer, Fortinet FortiSIEM and Gigamon, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, PRTG Network Monitor, Wireshark and WhatsUp Gold. See our Cisco Data Center Network Manager vs. SolarWinds NPM report.

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