NetBrain Overview

NetBrain is the #5 ranked solution of our top Network Troubleshooting tools. It is rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, and 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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What users are saying about NetBrain pricing:
  • "The product is expensive, but less expensive than some of the competition and worth the price."

NetBrain Reviews

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reviewer1423485
Senior System Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Sep 23, 2020
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…
Rob Masten
Senior Network Architect at ZAG Technical Services
MSP
Top 20
Jul 17, 2019
A time-saving, portable network analysis and mapping tool that does the job you expect it to

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use for this solution is providing services for layer 2 and layer 3 network mapping. We go into companies that have engaged us for some type of network product in the collation and we map out the network to do analysis. Because we are mostly using the product for the mapping feature, we have the Consultant Edition of the program which is portable and fits our needs perfectly for servicing clients.

Pros and Cons

  • "A reliable, time-saving tool for providing accurate layer 2 and layer 3 network mappings."
  • "Support needs to improve for the installed product and some of the reporting could be more flexible to provide more complete cataloging."

What other advice do I have?

I would give NetBrain Technologies an eight or seven-and-a-half to eight out of ten. Support can improve response time. Sales engineers will buy their product with a few enhancements. It would help to improve the pricing and make the interface prettier. Right now, it's difficult to use from an engineering standpoint. I'd like to see become a little easier for a nontechnical person to use. For example, I'd like to be able to send someone to a client who is not an architect — maybe send a helpdesk guy — and tell him to run the executable to gather up the mapping. I would be able to look at the…
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reviewer812052
Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Sep 22, 2019
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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