Daniel ShineSystems and Data Warehouse Supervisor at MMSD
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Auvik automatically updates network topology. Since it automatically updates the topology, we proactively know what is happening in a country or our branch offices. It also alerts us if there is a topology change, e.g., if it discovers anything new in that country. So, it has reduced the number of failures in our operations. We went from being reactive to proactive. So, we are no longer reacting to what is happening and others are doing. This has saved us about two to three hours a day. We used to spend two to three hours every morning checking the firewall and router logs for malicious behavior."
"It has improved my organization in the way that we've got a much better wireless coverage than we had before, and secondly, we have the visibility of all the users."
"The feature I find most valuable is the single pane of glass where you can configure a monitor view, all from one dashboard. For example, on the wireless side, you can configure it under the configuration panel, and then view statistics like location analytics, user analytics, etc."
"There is no need to swap the hardware at all the locations, and importing the APs into the Dashboard was a simple and quick process."
"You don't have to be a network engineer to use it."
"The ability of the product to perform with simplicity of deployment make it a valuable solution."
"The most valuable feature is the single pane of glass that gives you multisite visibility."
"It can analyze the traffic that it is picking up from what may be a rogue access point, and it is able to identify those and send relevant notifications."
"An excellent dashboard that is currently unique in covering both SD-WAN and SD-LAN with built-in security."
"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."
"A product that is well-tested and trusted in demanding situations."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the alerts."
"They need to improve the reporting system. They still don't have a proper reporting system in Auvik. They have built a dashboard in Power BI using APIs, but they should build some sort of report within Auvik itself. If Auvik fixes the reporting or comes up with a good reporting module, it will change the game."
"You can't really clone or replicate a device, that sort of feature would be useful. You can clone the site but you cannot clone the device."
"Not a lot of training is available."
"I am concerned about the fact that once your licensing expires the devices stop working and become a brick."
"The MDM, however, is bad. We're using another MDM now because Meraki was so bad."
"Third-party switches do not necessarily integrate easily with the system and this could be improved to allow for better adaptation."
"The one issue that we have had is that the VPN tunnel would go down unless you worked out with the ISP that you would be using a static IP address on the WAN interface."
"It would be helpful to have the ability to create a floor plan based on an existing PDF or JPEG, which is automatically converted into a usable network map."
"It is not appropriate for large, enterprise businesses."
"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."
"The only thing that can be improved is to continually add to the existing capabilities of the product."
"It is difficult for stakeholders to translate technical requirements, which results in difficulties selecting a platform or implementing a solution."
"Compared to other products, Auvik's pricing is more feasible since you get all its features. You pay for licenses on a per network device basis. It monitors hypervisors, but does not bill for that. There are no additional costs, which is something that I like."
"Licensing is around under 1000 pounds. The licensing is either one year, three years, five years or ten years and during the licensing, we can choose to renew it per year or per every three years. We've got a license for three years. It's about 160 or about 200 pounds each."
"From a pricing perspective, they are still expensive."
"The licensing fees are $180 USD, per AP, for three years."
"It is said to be expensive."
"The pricing for a small setup is only a few hundred dollars a year. The fee is subscription-based."
"Typically, the license model is for one, three, and five years. They can just be a bit more flexible around it and look into providing an option for 24 months."
"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."
"The price is more expensive than some other products, such as ManageEngine."
"I find that the pricing is acceptable."
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Meraki Dashboard is ranked 10th in Network Monitoring Software with 17 reviews while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 3rd in Network Monitoring Software with 21 reviews. Meraki Dashboard is rated 8.6, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Meraki Dashboard writes "Centralized dashboard management for all devices on your network that is easy-to-use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Make monitoring key performance factors in your enterprise customized and effective". Meraki Dashboard is most compared with Zabbix, PRTG Network Monitor, ThousandEyes, Nagios XI and Cisco Stealthwatch, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, Wireshark, PRTG Network Monitor and NetBrain. See our Meraki Dashboard vs. SolarWinds NPM report.
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