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Network Monitoring Software (41st), Server Monitoring (16th), IT Infrastructure Monitoring (37th), Cloud Monitoring Software (28th)
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Aug 17, 2022
We can look at growth in particular values and combine them to see how they interact to improve our forecast accuracy
SevOne has rich API capabilities, giving us the flexibility to control what we collect and customize the collection, creation, and manipulation of metrics as necessary. Any solution can provide the out-of-the-box capability to collect SNMP. But the ability to combine various metrics and apply logical or mathematical operators to yield a new metric offers an enhancement we can't get with a vanilla solution. For instance, we're monitoring our network interfaces not only by utilization but also by QoS packet drops, so we know whether the network traffic is being impacted because the utilization's high. The data collection capabilities are pretty broad for time series data. The out-of-the-box capabilities are extensive in terms of anything that's not agent-based, SNMP collection, and AWS API integrations. You can also create your own integration with it and feed it deferred data. It'll take the data and process it the same way it does anything else. It automatically baselines every indicator that's collected. We can trigger anomaly-based or threshold-based alerts off the data. Everything's kept for up to a year with raw data. SevOne gives us real-time insights into network performance. Collection and visualization are almost immediate. There's no aggregation delay while it calculates things and rolls them up. It pretty much displays the data as you collect it. We trigger alarms off of important events and generate events up to our manager of managers, which creates incidents. We collect WiFi data in abundance down to individual stations that are connecting to our access points. That can be tracked throughout the day, so you can determine where a user's been connected in order to troubleshoot. You can identify the specific access point they're on. We pull in everything the cloud watch is collecting. We ingest it, display it, look at historical patterns, and do anomaly-based checks and threshold alerts on the data. The data collection is pretty broad in our case. In the former company that I worked for, we had 350 wireless controllers over 14,000 access points. They actually rewrote the collector for WiFi so that they could scale up and finish the collection within a polling cycle. They're also very responsive about updates and adapting the product to demand. SevOne's base dashboard which comes with the network performance management cluster is easy to use. It's easy to create graphs and leverage them, but there's a lot more power available underneath. If you understand the principles of grouping and creating custom indicators, you can take the product to advanced levels. The base out-of-the-box functionality is pretty easy to use. The data insights product that sits on top of it provides BI-type functionality. It's no harder or easier to use than other BI tools. It's designed to work with SevOne, so once the connection's been set up and you're pulling the data in, you apply the SevOne groups that you've already created. It's fairly easy to create reusable dashboards. Right now, we run probably about 180 dashboards that my team has customized for various groups. The device support is pretty extensive. SevOne has continued to expand device support since the IBM acquisition. I can certify a new device type within 10 business days. If there is a device that's not supported natively, you can collect the MIT files, do an SNMP walk on the device, and send that to SevOne. They'll return the appropriate drivers to install on my system to support it, so I can get the out-of-the-box building functionality out of it. I would say it's pretty extensive. It's vendor agnostic. As long as the vendor has SNMP, API, or some other means of collecting data, we can usually figure something out. It's quick and easy to set up reporting and get it running. Reporting is based on how you group devices together, so there's only so much you can do with SevOne's out-of-the-box reporting because they don't know your network. For instance, we have colo facilities separate from my various sites. I have manufacturing sites that are separated, so we group them together in reports. SevOne wouldn't have a way to know how to do that. So the reporting that's available quickly helps to get the job done, but there's more sophisticated reporting with a little bit of time you can develop that provides more value.

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"Prices per license are not huge, but they exist."
"Many tools price things based on the number of KPIs that you're collecting around a device. In many cases, there could be hundreds of metrics that you need to collect. SevOne provides device-level pricing. That gives us the flexibility to turn on, and expand on, the metrics that we're collecting around those devices, without taking a financial hit."
"The pricing has not evolved with the market, which is one of the reasons we are moving to a new product."
"There are cheaper solutions available."
"Have a bank of licenses, because it is about the number of objects (RAM, ports, CPU, etc.)."
"It is inexpensive compared to other monitoring tools."
"The tool is not expensive. We were able to negotiate with SevOne on pricing."
"Choose a SevOne partner who can provide SevOne as a service and can deliver professional services and maintenance."
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What do you like most about SevOne Network Data Platform?
I like the tool’s scalability and real-time reports. Earlier, we struggled to give real-time reports to clients. I also like the tool’s deployment model where we can deploy it either on-premises or...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for SevOne Network Data Platform?
The tool is not expensive. We were able to negotiate with SevOne on pricing.
What needs improvement with SevOne Network Data Platform?
SevOne could improve its flexibility because it isn't fully customizable and its out-of-the-box configuration doesn't cover all use cases.
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