SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager Overview

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is the #7 ranked solution in our list of top Network Automation tools. It is most often compared to Cisco DNA Center: SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager vs Cisco DNA Center

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.

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is also known as SolarWinds NCM.

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager Customers
United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager pricing:
  • "You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go."
  • "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 and above that."

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Chief Technology Officer at Leystel Nigeria Limited
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Reliable, scalable, easy to use, good support, and offers the ability to script changes

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to store and manage the configuration of Cisco switches and routers.

Pros and Cons

  • "The feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices."
  • "For each device, when you open the network performance monitor, it will give you all of the information about the device, but many of the natural configuration management features are not on that page."

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 deployment process. We definitely plan to continue working with this solution. There are less popular devices that are not directly supported by NCM. You have open-source Linux devices that you really can't support with NCM. They have their own tool that you have to use. We have a couple of those, but generally, NCM is a tool we use for the majority of the well-known brand network purposes. My advice to…
RP
Senior Engineer/Network Operations at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Enables us to oversee everything on our network efficiently but network logs should be improved

What is our primary use case?

I use it for monitoring the entire network for the company. We oversee nodes, we oversee devices heading up to crossing the threshold for CPU usage. We oversee power, we oversee if they're down or if they're failing. We oversee any node down or any router from any vendor. We have MPLS, so we have a lot of those MPLS routers on the node. We can see when those routers are down. SolarWinds can give us not only that, but we can also create running tasks. It can schedule backup for the devices. We can do active jobs, we generate reports and oversee and look for any peaks of ranges or network… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "I use it for monitoring the entire network for the company. We oversee nodes down, we oversee devices heading up to crossing the threshold for CPU usage. We oversee power so power backups on the switches, we oversee if they're down or if they're failing. We oversee any node down or any router from any vendor."
  • "The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs."

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…
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Founder Director at Techsa Services Pvt Ltd
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Has good configuration backup automation, configuration compliance, security vulnerability detection, and upgrading features

What is our primary use case?

They are four areas that we use the Network Configuration Manager for. One is to automate configuration backup. The second is for configuration compliance. The third is for security vulnerability detection. The fourth is to upgrade the firmware of Cisco devices.

Pros and Cons

  • "The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices."
  • "The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance."
AR
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
MSP
User friendly with an easy implementation and easy management

What is our primary use case?

We primarily deploy it for our customers. We don't use the solution ourselves. Customers schedule it with us and we troubleshoot for the customer as well. We have files and templates from NCM as well as confirmation templates. We sometimes schedule the backups too.

Pros and Cons

  • "Compared to other vendors, like NetBrain, managing the solution is easy. They made it very user-friendly."
  • "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."

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 advise others who may be installing the solution for the first time to just use the 7.9 version of the solution. It's the latest version. If you are using FortiGate you'll be able to configure everything and have a backup and be able to use the data. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
TZ
Business Consultant. at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Good scalability, stability and reliability

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to check the configuration for Cisco, Juniper or L3 devices in our network.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features the solution offers are compliance, reliability, and information about reliability."
  • "The interface of solar winds could be improved."

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.
MV
Managing Director at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Useful for managing the configuration changes and backups, but lacks multi-tenancy support

Pros and Cons

  • "It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes."
  • "Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look and feel can be improved. They can also put in more effort into building the THWACK community and use the information about various customer issues and requests to build the new releases."

What other advice do I have?

This solution works in conjunction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor. Usually, you first buy SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor and then SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager. You have to go with both. I would recommend this solution. Typically, while recommending a solution, I look at what the management needs in terms of strategy, how a solution integrates, and how powerful is the IT department. Based on that, I recommend a solution that meets the needs and integrates with ITSM. I would rate SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager a seven out of ten.
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