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We performed a comparison between Cisco Prime and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Network Management Applications solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco Prime vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report (Updated: May 2020).
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Pros
"The hardware Cisco provides is excellent. It's a well-made product.""The dashboard is a valuable feature. It's very clear, and the metrics make it easy to see the current network situation.""Cisco Prime is user-friendly, so we are comfortable using it.""I have found the solution to be scalable.""The most valuable feature of Cisco Prime is the heat map.""If an AP or any wireless device goes into critical mode, Cisco Prime sends an alert. That is the most helpful feature.""The solution's configuration management tool is amazing because it centralizes and pushes configurations which saves a lot of volume and effort.""Cisco Prime allows us to do a lot of functions with the users and it is flexible."

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"It's perfect for network configuration management. It's easy to use.""It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes.""The installation is straightforward.""The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices."

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Cons
"The solution has issues with real time monitoring of devices and NetFlow such as inadequate visualization for reports, sources, and destinations.""This solution could be improved if it could monitor configuration changes.""They can also improve the management of more enterprise devices.""Cisco Prime could improve the graphical user interface.""We would like to see the inclusion of detailed alerts.""It should be able to monitor Palo Alto, Juniper, and Check Point products - not just Cisco solutions.""The overall management capabilities of Prime need to be improved.""Cisco needs to improve Prime's monitoring tab. If any device goes down, there is a 15-second lapse before we know. It would be much better if we were alerted two or three minutes before a device is about to fail, so we can dispatch a field engineer and avoid network downtime. I would like to see a feature that allows you to access the devices directly from Prime's monitoring tab. That would make work easier for us."

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"It would be great if they include a network service manager, network performance manager, or a privileged assessment in the next release.""The solution could improve by being more secure.""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.""The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco Prime is an expensive solution."
  • "The price of Cisco Prime was reasonable because we purchased it as part of a Cisco One package. The package was a bundle of Cisco solutions together, such as Cisco ISE and CMX. The price is reasonable com compared to other solutions."
  • "You need to get special quotes from the company for each order."
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  • "There is a license for the use of this solution and it is priced well, there is a lot of value for the money."
  • "I have a yearly subscription."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:If an AP or any wireless device goes into critical mode, Cisco Prime sends an alert. That is the most helpful feature.
    Top Answer:Cisco needs to improve Prime's monitoring tab. If any device goes down, there is a 15-second lapse before we know. It would be much better if we were alerted two or three minutes before a device is… more »
    Top Answer:Cisco Prime is used to monitor and manage network devices like switches, WLPs, and wireless access points. For example, if I have a building with four floors, I can all the access points and sitemap… more »
    Top Answer:It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes.
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer: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… more »
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    Also Known As
    Cisco Prime Infrastructure
    SolarWinds NCM
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    Overview

    Cisco Prime products deliver next-generation management by supporting an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience and integrated lifecycle operations across Cisco architectures, technologies, and networks.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Mohawk Industries, Universidad EAFIT, Halton Healthcare
    United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Mining And Metals Company18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Retailer9%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government14%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco Prime vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
    May 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Prime vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
    634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Cisco Prime is ranked 4th in Network Management Applications with 14 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 15th in Configuration Management with 4 reviews. Cisco Prime is rated 7.8, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Prime writes "If an AP or any wireless device goes into critical mode, the solution sends an alert". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Has good configuration backup automation, configuration compliance, security vulnerability detection, and upgrading features". Cisco Prime is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, Huawei eSight, Fortinet FortiManager, HPE Intelligent Management Center and Aruba Airwave, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Fortinet FortiManager, Junos Space Network Director and Infoblox NetMRI. See our Cisco Prime vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.

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