Anonymous UserSenior Baseband & RF Engineer at a comms service provider
Olufemi AdalemoChief Technology Officer at Leystel Nigeria Limited
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The scalability of monitoring, the breadth of supported network components, the scale of the number of monitoring events, and the flexibility in customization make this a well-rounded product."
"Anything is possible with Tivoli. It's quite a robust system."
"Support is one of the best aspects of this solution. NetCool is a good product that has good flexibility. There are a lot of documents available online which is one of the best features of IBM Tivoli Suite. Whenever an issue happens, rather than going to technical support, if you find the exact issue in Google, you can get tech notes for that particular issue."
"The solution has very good integration capabilities."
"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."
"Customization and integration that you need to do to make the product fit your needs is very complex. It is not a product that somebody could easily pick up without any prior training or experience."
"The solution is not user-friendly."
"In terms of improvement, I would like to see more AIOps, Artificial Intelligent Operations in the next release. IBM develops new features for Power BI or Cognos Analytics, which is good. As of now, we use Cognos Analytics, we are not using Power BI. They have the Insight concept but we don't like that."
"The solution is too expensive."
"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."
"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."
IBM Tivoli NetCool is ranked 8th in Network Management Applications with 4 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 12th in Configuration Management with 6 reviews. IBM Tivoli NetCool is rated 7.8, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of IBM Tivoli NetCool writes "Enables us to tailor the solution to the particular requirements of a customer". 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". IBM Tivoli NetCool is most compared with DX Spectrum, Micro Focus Network Node Manager, N-able N-central, Cisco DNA Center and Cisco Prime, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Prime, Infoblox NetMRI, Ansible and Fortinet FortiManager. See our IBM Tivoli NetCool vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.
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