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Olufemi Adalemo
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at Leystel Nigeria Limited
Sep 18 2020

What is most valuable?

The feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices. For example, if you wanted to change the administrator password for all of your Cisco devices, you would… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It significantly reduces the time required to make changes to routers and switches. A single script can be run on all the devices on the network at the push of a button. It also helps to enforce… more »

What needs improvement?

The integration with the network performance monitor wasn't complete as at the last time I used it. It has a separate interface page within the web interface. I would prefer to have the NCM features… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The NCM is licensed per device. You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go. It scales from 50 to a hundred and so on. Also, they have an annual fee that… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used other products and switched to SolarWinds NCM because of the ease of use. The design system is better with fewer bugs.

What other advice do I have?

Larger organizations would be able to have people invest the time to learn how to use the system and deploy on their own. Smaller organizations would need an integrator to help them through the… more »
Real User
Senior Engineer/Network Operations at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 15 2020

What needs improvement?

The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs. We see days or weeks on those error messages. I think this needs to be addressed or they need to mitigate the house cleaning or the housekeeping of those errors or those logs. I mean that's one of the things that I will say that can be a little challenging sometimes. I'd like to see when you look for the node, via IP or via the name of the product, a quicker response in the search for the node. Sometimes when I search it, I have to look three times for the node in a different… more »

What other advice do I have?

Just make sure you only put the nodes that you need to monitor and make sure whoever needs to have nodes in SolarWinds, keep the people besides your team or your group, who want their own nodes there. Make sure you set up the right rules and the standards and the thresholds where you need to get communication for error messages or CPU alerts or power heat or any type of alerts. The alerts, they need to be very clearly addressed in order for you to monitor your devices. We have faced some problems in the past that the alerts are not really set up properly. We have to randomly change the… more »
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Ravi Khanchandani
Reseller
Founder Director at Techsa Services Pvt Ltd
Feb 20 2020

What is most valuable?

The features we find most valuable are the configuration backup automation, configuration compliance, security vulnerability detection, and upgrading devices.

What needs improvement?

The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would highly recommend SolarWinds Network Configuration Management to other customers. I rate this product at a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We really did not evaluate many other options. We were actually using the Kiwi CatTools version which is also a part of SolarWinds. But I think SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is a big brother of Kiwi CatTools and I think since we were already familiar with Kiwi CatTools the migration to… more »
Real User
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 23 2020

What is most valuable?

Since the customer is the primary user, they'd have a better idea of the best features. Compared to other vendors, like NetBrain, managing the solution is easy. They made it very user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

On NCM, reporting could be a bit better. It's completely become just one report. When I try to create a custom report, the solution just commits old server data. They need to make a health checkup report in a new release.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use NPM and NetBrain as well.

What other advice do I have?

We are using version 7.9 of the solution. We migrated from 7.7 to 7.9 about three years ago. We use both the cloud and on-premises deployment models. We had production on the on-premises model in 2016. I'm an implementation engineer for SolarWinds so I'm not using the NCM devices any longer. I'd… more »
Taras Zaluzhnyi
Reseller
IT Security Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Dec 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features the solution offers are compliance, reliability, and information about reliability.

What needs improvement?

The solution could offer a better compliance report. GDPR has many security standards. If a company is working with an international client, it must be compliant with any standards. We work with a bank, financial companies, and an insurance company. They need to be compliant and the core customer… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

With a minimal bundle, we pay about $3000 a year in licensing costs. If you have multiple devices in your network, you must buy the bundle, which is 100% identical for your infrastructure. If you have 15 devices, you need 15 licenses, for example. That's one bundle. You don't pay for anything over… more »

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. We're a SolarWinds distributor. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

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What is SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager?

Before you monitor your network, configure it! A reliable and secure network starts with carefully planned, executed, and monitored network configuration and change management. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) saves time and improves network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices from Cisco, Juniper, HP, Dell, Brocade, Aruba, Rukus, and more.
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