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We performed a comparison between IBM Tivoli NetCool 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 IBM Tivoli NetCool vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report (Updated: May 2020).
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"The solution has very good integration capabilities.""Support is one of the best aspects of this solution. NetCool is a good product that has good flexibility. There are a lot of documents available online which is one of the best features of IBM Tivoli Suite. Whenever an issue happens, rather than going to technical support, if you find the exact issue in Google, you can get tech notes for that particular issue.""It's very easy to use.""It's very easy to use.""Tivoli NetCool allows us to grasp a lot of data that can be applied toward predictive analytics and auto-remediation."

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"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.""It's perfect for network configuration management. It's easy to use."

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"The installation could be simplified, and technical support could be faster.""In terms of improvement, I would like to see more AIOps, Artificial Intelligent Operations in the next release. IBM develops new features for Power BI or Cognos Analytics, which is good. As of now, we use Cognos Analytics, we are not using Power BI. They have the Insight concept but we don't like that.""The installation could be simplified, and technical support could be faster.""Tivoli NetCool's has medium scalability - there are some problems with its replications not being mature.""The solution is too expensive."

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

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  • "Customers are required to pay a licensing fee."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "It costs around 100k for every ten servers, which is lower than similar products from other vendors."
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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:I have worked from 1973 with all kind of systems in large enterprises across the world. And have experience with all kind of software in monitoring from infra to end to end, it depends on the… more »
    Top Answer:Tivoli NetCool allows us to grasp a lot of data that can be applied toward predictive analytics and auto-remediation.
    Top Answer:In the next release, Tivoli NetCool should include new specification standards for network operations.
    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
    Tivoli NetCool
    SolarWinds NCM
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    IBM Tivoli Netcool delivers near real-time, consolidated event management across business infrastructure, data centers, complex networks and IT domains. The software provides full management and automation to help you deliver continuous uptime of business services and applications.
    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
    Claranet, Consolidated Communications, Telus, €sterreichische Bundesbahnen (€BB), Telekom Srbija, Bendigo Community Telco, Capgemini, Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB)
    United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business75%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise13%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise27%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Tivoli NetCool vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
    May 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Tivoli NetCool vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
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    IBM Tivoli NetCool is ranked 8th in Network Management Applications with 4 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 15th in Configuration Management with 3 reviews. IBM Tivoli NetCool is rated 7.6, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM Tivoli NetCool writes "Has excellent support and there is a lot of helpful documentation online". 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". IBM Tivoli NetCool is most compared with DX Spectrum, Micro Focus Network Node Manager, Cisco DNA Center, HPE Intelligent Management Center and Cisco Prime, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Prime, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Fortinet FortiManager and VMware NSX. See our IBM Tivoli NetCool vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.

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