Compare Cisco DNA Center vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager

Cisco DNA Center is ranked 4th in Network Management Applications with 3 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 3rd in Network Management Applications with 5 reviews. Cisco DNA Center is rated 9.6, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco DNA Center writes "Good security and analytics, easy to manage, and scalable across buildings and campuses". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Enables us to oversee everything on our network efficiently but network logs should be improved". Cisco DNA Center is most compared with Cisco Prime, Junos Space Network Director and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, IBM Tivoli NetCool and Infoblox NetMRI. See our Cisco DNA Center vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.
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Pros
It is simple to manage and it is all done from a single dashboard.People like to use the dashboards to get an overview of their network.

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I use it for monitoring the entire network for the company. We oversee nodes down, we oversee devices heading up to crossing the threshold for CPU usage. We oversee power so power backups on the switches, we oversee if they're down or if they're failing. We oversee any node down or any router from any vendor.The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices.Compared to other vendors, like NetBrain, managing the solution is easy. They made it very user-friendly.The most valuable features the solution offers are compliance, reliability, and information about reliability.We push all our configurations to the servers with ease and the logs capture almost all the transactions needed for an internal audit.

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The network, data center, and SD-WAN are all being treated as different services, but I would like to have only one solution to manage all of them.There is a limitation with the number of VRFs that you can have in your network, and this has caused us problems with some customers.

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The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs.The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.On NCM, reporting could be a bit better. It's completely become just one report. When I try to create a custom report, the solution just commits old server data.The interface of solar winds could be improved.We want to be able to store it in a data warehouse format and integrate it with Google single sign-on.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Our licensing agreement is for three years.

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With a minimal bundle, we pay about $3000 a year in licensing costs. If you have multiple devices in your network, you must buy the bundle, which is 100% identical for your infrastructure. If you have 15 devices, you need 15 licenses, for example. That's one bundle. You don't pay for anything over and above that.

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Overview

DNA Center is the network management and command center for Cisco DNA, your intent-based network for the enterprise.

Provision and configure all your network devices in minutes. Use advanced analytics to proactively monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize your network. Integrate with third-party systems for improved operational processes.

Before you monitor your network, configure it! A reliable and secure network starts with carefully planned, executed, and monitored network configuration and change management. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) saves time and improves network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices from Cisco, Juniper, HP, Dell, Brocade, Aruba, Rukus, and more.
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United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider35%
Software R&D Company22%
Government9%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
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Software R&D Company35%
Comms Service Provider16%
Government8%
Construction Company7%
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