Compare Spiceworks vs. vRealize Network Insight

Spiceworks is ranked 16th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 5 reviews while vRealize Network Insight is ranked 6th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 31 reviews. Spiceworks is rated 8.4, while vRealize Network Insight is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Spiceworks writes "Has good policy enforcement but the network mapping could be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of vRealize Network Insight writes "The ability to use the natural language query and see the visualization can be quickly intuitive". Spiceworks is most compared with Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, JIRA Service Desk, ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus and ServiceNow, whereas vRealize Network Insight is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, Cisco Tetration, Cisco Stealthwatch, NETSCOUT nGeniusONE and VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront. See our Spiceworks vs. vRealize Network Insight report.
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The nice thing about Spiceworks is always it's free. Monitoring of printers for low toner. Finding machines that have low memory or low hard disk space.It shows the users that are currently logged in, which is not something that Active Directory by default will ever let you know up front.The most valuable features are the inventory and personalization.The solution can find all asset details automatically, whether it's a Mac address, computer name, IP address, models, etc. It's very helpful.The solution is very stable. It's reliable and efficient.

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We haven't had any complaints about the stability of the solution or heard of any issues. None of our clients have mentioned running into bugs or glitches. There haven't been crashes.The gradual way the Network Insight shows you all the relevant information about your networks. It's pretty good. You can really dig deep deep inside and see where the problem is, where it comes from, what you have inside, how did you configure it. Also, it has alerts so you can have pretty much quite a big overview about your network. This is really something good.A lot of time is saved when you use this type of software solution for the network. We have moved systems into the new data center and the servers and systems are much faster because of the very low latency between virtual machines.The solution helps reduce time to value, increase performance, provide deep visibility, and easily manage networks.The initial was straightforward. You can have it up and running in one hour.It provides deep visibility into what is happening with traffic and helps us manage our network.If we deploy NSX it shows us how the workflow will flow in the organization, what the roadblocks are, and what we need to do to overcome those hurdles. When we run this product, it gives us reports which describe problems with physical switches. We work with the network team to get them all resolved.The most valuable feture is NetFlow to help us understand how VMs communicate with each other over ports that are known and ports that are also unknown to us. Our company is a security company, so it's very important for us to know exactly which VMs are doing what at all times.

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There are a lot of disadvantages to Spiceworks because it's not an agent-based solution.The network mapping could be improved. Putting together an actual bonafide network map would be really nice.Having an integrated asset management tool, where I can plug in things that are offline, would be good.It would be nice to have remote access to the solution via a tablet. They also need remote control from a PC. Right now, to complete the technical support process, you have to have a tool to access the PC, and check the problems.I would like the solution to allow for more direct interaction with computers. I can open tickets and I can see their status, but I can't interact directly with the computers themselves.

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The solution is very much viewer centric and it would be nice if it would transcend just the virtual infrastructure.I want to be able to monitor a network flow that is approximately two weeks back, but I haven't found an easy way to do this.The virtual appliance has rebooted.vRNI needs more remediation where it hooks into NSX.If it had some kind of plugins with vSphere, more effective plugins with Horizon View or other VMWare products, if it had interconnectivity, I think it would be more effective than it is today.I would like to see them expand the capabilities to infrastructure types other than just VMware.While it's not exactly a feature, what normally happens when we are trying to look at the VM flow portion is - although Network Insight does have options to integrate a few physical switches into it - we can't really get an end-to-end flow of the network. We might be using a few switches that are not supported by Network Insight. That is where they can improve, in the support for more physical switches and network devices.In a very general way, I would like to see an improvement in interoperability with third-party product, from other vendors.

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We have spent less time investigating network flows, so it is absolutely cost-effective.It has brought more money into our company.The solution has reduced the time that we spend on other products. For example, with NSX, we were able to quickly find things that we would normally spend days trying to figure out.It's an expensive product because we have a lot of nodes.They should include the product in NSX because it's important to have it for deployment.Cost always has room for improvement, you could always make it cheaper. But I think it's a good value for what you pay for it.The solution has helped us to reduce time, increase performance, reduce costs, and even easily manage networks. We are probably seeing 10 to 20 percent labor savings because we are able to be very specific and focused on what we want to do. It ends up saving the customer money and makes us be more efficient on our cost deliveries.It reduces costs. It takes something that may be challenging and makes it more usable and visual by being able to bring in tools, seeing what their impact is, such as microsegmentation and application rationalization, and seeing it quickly.

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From network inventory and network monitoring to help desk software, and mobile device management (MDM) to cloud services detection, Spiceworks helps you manage everything about your IT workday from one easy place.VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps customers build an optimized, highly-available and secure network infrastructure across multi-cloud environments. It accelerates micro-segmentation planning and deployment, enables visibility across virtual and physical networks and provides operational views to manage and scale VMware NSX deployments.
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Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Symantec, Webroot, EMC, PertinoNTTi3, VCIX-NV, VMware Networking and Security Business Unit, Illumio, CompuNet
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Manufacturing Company12%
Hospitality Company8%
K 12 Educational Company Or School8%
Retailer8%
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Computer Software Company21%
Comms Service Provider15%
University14%
Government7%
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Financial Services Firm22%
Healthcare Company19%
Manufacturing Company15%
Insurance Company7%
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Computer Software Company31%
Maritime Company13%
Comms Service Provider12%
Manufacturing Company5%
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