SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager Competitors and Alternatives

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MohamedTalbi
Network and Security Engineer at VERMEG for Banking & Insurance Software
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 15, 2020
Powerful management for deploying configuration to multiple environments with a single click

What is our primary use case?

We use it on a virtual machine in our data center. We are not using a box. We have many types of clients so there are many types of use cases for our clients who we are deploying FortiGate for on-site to create the local network. Many sites are using FortiGate firewalls like 60E, 100E, 200E and 500E and some 3100D. We are using what we call zero-touch deployment. It is a very important technology or process that helps us to make the deployments efficiently. It is called zero-touch deployment or ZTD. It helps us to implement our configuration on these client sites by using FortiManager… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "It would normally take us a handful of days to install one FortiGate instance on one site. But with this technology, zero-touch deployment, we need just one hour or maybe as little as 30 minutes to install one site. It is much more efficient."
  • "Troubleshooting for Fortinet products is more difficult than competing products like Cisco and Palo Alto."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to other people considering this solution is that they have to read about the product and they have to make an effort to pass the NSE 5 (Network Security Analyst) certification. It is for FortiAnalyzer and FortiManager products. Fortinet NSE 4 (Network Security Professional) certification talks about FortiGate and prepares your solution in a global sense. It is also very good to have. The main certification to have in my opinion is to pass the NSE 7 (Network Security Architect) certification because it talks about what I think is the negative part of Fortinet products, the…
reviewer1074924
Networks Lead Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Apr 12, 2020
Good management capability and wireless heatmap, but NetFlow needs to be improved

What is our primary use case?

This solution is being used for managing Cisco access points and managing network switches.

Pros and Cons

  • "It gives you the ability to upgrade switches remotely, schedule the upgrade time, perform backups, and monitor the health of all networks."
  • "If you think about a centralized monitoring system, Cisco Prime is not good because it does not support third-party vendors like Palo Alto or FortiGate."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is to look carefully at your infrastructure. Our plan is to take Cisco Prime out because we do not have a fully-Cisco infrastructure and it is not compatible with all of the devices. It is very good for Cisco products and if your entire infrastructure is Cisco, or you want to monitor a specific section that is entirely Cisco, then it will work well. However, if you have a mix of devices from different vendors and you want to centralize then this is not the right solution. Also, I would not recommend using two different solutions for the…
Kelechi Njokuoma
Techincal Support at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 6, 2020
A stable solution for backend application monitoring

What is our primary use case?

We are a system integrator and DX Spectrum is one of the products that we implement for our clients. In conjunction with DX Infrastructure Manager (CA UIM) and DX APM, this gives our customers visibility into what is happening end-to-end in their applications.

Pros and Cons

  • "This product provides good visibility into applications at the backend."
  • "There should be a facility to integrate with other monitoring applications that are currently running in the environment."

What other advice do I have?

One of the issues that we have is that our customers are not aware of the product's full capabilities and what it can do for them. We are running our own campaign to give our customers a better understanding of the benefit they can get from it. In summary, I think that it's a fantastic and durable product. For me, it is nice and I am actively recommending it to my clients. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Muhammad-Bilal
Sr. Technical Analyst software services at Multilynx
Real User
Top 5
Jan 28, 2020
Mature product but some basic requirements are missing

What is our primary use case?

We are a service provider and deploy in multiple locations such as banks and commercial organizations which have larger networks with 200 and sometimes 2,000 or 3,000 devices. Some of our customers have network teams of 25 to 30 but most have less than that, usually anywhere between five to 20 people. Most are IT admins, IT managers and workers in IT departments.

Pros and Cons

  • "If you install one node on Network Node Manager and want to scale it up, it's pretty easy to create more nodes."
  • "The way the solution currently works means I'm not able to customize my own reports."

What other advice do I have?

Micro Focus is a very mature product but some basic requirements are missing and there are services that they don't offer. For example, I'm an end-user. The way the solution currently works means I'm not able to customize my own reports. I would rate it a seven out of ten.
reviewer1029846
Senior Baseband & RF Engineer at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
Feb 26, 2020
Robust with good integration capabilities and excellent stability

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use cases for the solution are confidential. However, generally, we use it to monitor all the IT elements in our network, plus some other ancillary services.

Pros and Cons

  • "Anything is possible with Tivoli. It's quite a robust system."
  • "The solution is not user-friendly."

What other advice do I have?

I'd advise companies that it's difficult to get a person that specializes in a bunch of different solutions and can really understand them fully. It's much better to be an expert on one solution than to try to be an expert on many. If a person wants to specialize in Tivoli then they should focus on just that one solution and know everything there is to know about it. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
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