NetBrain Overview

NetBrain is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Network Troubleshooting tools. It is most often compared to SolarWinds NPM: NetBrain vs SolarWinds NPM

What is NetBrain?

Managing today’s networks with yesterday’s manual processes is no longer a viable solution. NetBrain’s network automation platform provides actionable insights into your network to help you make better and faster decisions - particularly when you’re troubleshooting, securing, and making changes to the network.

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NetBrain Customers

CompuCon, TD Ameritrade, Move Inc.

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Senior System Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Some inconsistencies which have improved recently; ability to draw out maps is a big time saver

What is our primary use case?

We were originally using NetBrain for mapping and that was our primary purpose. Since then, I have developed a couple of unique functions inside NetBrain that go out across the network and locate specific pieces of equipment. The parameters for that equipment is a very unique state of interface, a switch port interface, drawing on POE power. The devices I'm looking for are Primex clocks and they continue pulling POE power, but they shut down the interface for data. It creates a down interface state, but a POE up state which is very unusual. I use NetBrain to crawl through the site… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Enables maps to be drawn out."
  • "The IP interface brief isn't consistent."

What other advice do I have?

If someone is fairly good with Linux, they could probably get this up and running themselves. Once it's up and running and you don't have the strange requirements I had, and you just want some basic maps, it'll work. The new version, 8.X, has got other features and tying and capabilities for more advanced things. So they're always improving. They're into a niche market, so it works for their needs. They're coming at it from a mapping perspective and then expanding back into automation since they've got the database and resources. I have nothing else to compare this to other than hand drawing…
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Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
A solution with an user-friendly interface that's simple to scale with good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "Chain management is a good feature. I don't get it on other solutions."
  • "It would be nice if the setup was a little simpler. Also, if the solution could provide more training materials for new people coming into our company so they can quickly learn how to use the functionalities."

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment solution. I would recommend it. Although it's expensive, it's worth the money. Compared with other solutions, they're the way to go. They're bigger and probably better. I would rate the solution eight out of ten.
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