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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Prime vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
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Pros
"It gives you the ability to upgrade switches remotely, schedule the upgrade time, perform backups, and monitor the health of all networks.""The interfaces are a valuable feature.""Enables oversight in order to tweak and tune.""Cisco Prime is helpful as it provides us with real-time monitoring. This allows us to be proactive in our environment."

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"The most valuable features the solution offers are compliance, reliability, and information about reliability.""Compared to other vendors, like NetBrain, managing the solution is easy. They made it very user-friendly.""The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices.""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 feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices.""It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes."

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Cons
"If you think about a centralized monitoring system, Cisco Prime is not good because it does not support third-party vendors like Palo Alto or FortiGate.""Lacking in integration with a SIEM tool.""The solution can be slow at times.""The overall management capabilities of Prime need to be improved."

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"The interface of solar winds could be improved.""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 Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.""The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs.""For each device, when you open the network performance monitor, it will give you all of the information about the device, but many of the natural configuration management features are not on that page.""Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look and feel can be improved. They can also put in more effort into building the THWACK community and use the information about various customer issues and requests to build the new releases."

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"Cisco Prime is an expensive solution."

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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.""You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Cisco Prime is helpful as it provides us with real-time monitoring. This allows us to be proactive in our environment.
Top Answer: When compared to DNA, I think DNA has a lot of improvements over Cisco Prime. I think going forward, it's best to move towards Cisco DNA instead of trying to improve Prime. The overall management… more »
Top Answer: We use Cisco Prime to manage and monitor our banking app devices and other wireless devices. Within our company, there are seven employees that use this solution. We have plans to increase our usage… more »
Top Answer: It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes.
Top Answer: The NCM is licensed per device. You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go. It scales from 50 to a hundred and so on. Also, they have an annual fee that… more »
Top Answer: Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look… more »
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Overview

Cisco Prime products deliver next-generation management by supporting an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience and integrated lifecycle operations across Cisco architectures, technologies, and networks.

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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Sample Customers
Mohawk Industries, Universidad EAFIT, Halton Healthcare
United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company20%
Government12%
Manufacturing Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government11%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business67%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Prime vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
473,792 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Prime is ranked 5th in Network Management Applications with 4 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 12th in Configuration Management with 6 reviews. Cisco Prime is rated 7.6, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Cisco Prime writes "Good management capability and wireless heatmap, but NetFlow needs to be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Reliable, scalable, easy to use, good support, and offers the ability to script changes". Cisco Prime is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, HPE Intelligent Management Center, Huawei eSight, Fortinet FortiManager and Infoblox NetMRI, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, Infoblox NetMRI, Ansible, IBM Tivoli NetCool and Fortinet FortiManager. See our Cisco Prime vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.

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