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"All of Desktop Central's features are valuable, especially its simplicity.""Identification of gaps and filling the gaps with updates are most valuable. We are able to identify known updates or missing updates and then update.""The patch management aspect of the solution is the most valuable part for us.""The most valuable in Desktop Central is the way it is tightly coupled with the rest of the modules and the entire gamut of ManageEngine.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the Patch Management.""One of the benefits of Desktop Central is it made the provisioning process simpler because now we have a provisioning package. We have around 1,500 laptops at the moment and all these PCs were provisioned by a provisioning package. In the provisioning package, we have integrated every aspect of renaming, deploying applications, patching, etc., so we simply execute the provisioning package and as soon as it's executed, it will install the management agent. Once the agent is installed, it will take care of all the tasks, so we don't have to sit in front of the computer to prepare the machine. This really helps us to provision the PC quickly with our agent.""The stability is very good.""I like being able to image over the network. That's a nice feature that it has. Patch management is pretty decent on it as well."

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"I like the remote connectivity, reporting suite, and patch management module.""The support is at a good level. So normally, we can always get to a solution when we are stuck with some monitoring problems that we encounter.""The solution's service is good.""The most valuable feature of N-able N-central is the many options it has.""It's a very robust product. They're continuing to invest and put new enhancements into the product. They're very open about what their roadmap is, which is very good for us because then as a business, we can plan."

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"ManageEngine could be improved by giving customers an option to perform certain actions proactively. Since I was a consultant, I worked on different products and some had advantages over ManageEngine. For example, proactive remediation—you want to proactively check something on the computers and run the script. In ManageEngine, you have the option to run the script, but Intune has the option to do so proactively. ManageEngine doesn't have this. You should have the option to act proactively, not just going ahead and fixing it once it's done. Proactive remediation should be a feature.""We are looking for a complete solution for patch management with central management and the cloud which ManageEngine Endpoint Central does not provide.""The team I've currently got is not using it particularly well, due to the fact that they don't know how to use it particularly well. They've not done any training and so on.""ManageEngine Desktop Central should keep up with some of the features that other major vendors are providing, such as Microsoft.""Its licensing should be improved.""Documentation could improve so we don't need to create the support requests first.""The tool's security can be better.""Tech support is mediocre at best."

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"The support from our direct team is very good, but the support from their day-to-day ongoing help desk isn't that good. They have still got some work to do on that, but they have been focusing on that a lot over the last number of years. So, it has gotten a lot better than it was.""There is room for improvement in the development of custom monitoring services.""The solution's overall integration should be improved.""The integration with other applications could be better.""N-able N-central could improve the remote access, my technicians have complained about it. They have used other free tools instead to compensate, such as TeamViewer. Additionally, when using remote access on the web, it is lacking reports."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing is very easy to understand and pricing is right for what you get."
  • "Choose wisely between the Professional and Enterprise editions, based on your needs."
  • "I have been using the free version and am in the stage where I have to decide if I will proceed with the paid license, or instead choose another product."
  • "We pay about $250 a year for our license."
  • "The solution is very affordable."
  • "We had perpetual licenses. The cost was around 36,000, and then you'd have the yearly maintenance fee of 2,000 or 3,000."
  • "The pricing is very low, compared to other products. Compared to Intune or SCCM, it's much less. I can say it's a good product for less of a price."
  • "Affordable for any customer."
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  • "N-able N-central is not an expensive solution."
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    Top Answer:ManageEngine Desktop Central is very easy to set up, is scalable, stable, and also has very good patch management. What I like most about ManageEngine is that I can log on to every PC very easily and… more »
    Top Answer:The product is not expensive. I rate its pricing a seven out of ten.
    Top Answer:The solution's overall integration should be improved.
    Top Answer:We are an MSP, and N-able N-central is the main tool we use.
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    Also Known As
    ManageEngine Desktop Central, Desktop Central, ManageEngine Desktop Management MSP
    SolarWinds N-central, SolarWinds MSP N-central
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    ManageEngine Endpoint Central is a unified endpoint management (UEM) solution offered by ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corporation. It is designed to help organizations efficiently manage and secure their endpoints from a centralized platform. Endpoint Central provides a comprehensive set of features and capabilities to streamline endpoint management and enhance security across diverse devices and operating systems.

    ManageEngine Endpoint Central Features:

    • Device Management: Endpoint Central enables IT administrators to manage a wide range of endpoints, including desktops, laptops, servers, mobile devices, and IoT devices. It offers features such as device discovery, inventory management, configuration management, and software deployment, allowing administrators to efficiently control and monitor devices from a single console.
    • Patch Management: The solution helps organizations keep their endpoints up to date and protected by automating the patching process. Endpoint Central provides patch management capabilities to deploy security updates and patches to endpoints, ensuring they are patched against vulnerabilities and reducing the risk of security breaches.
    • Security and Compliance: Endpoint Central focuses on strengthening security measures for endpoints. It offers features such as antivirus and anti-malware protection, firewall management, encryption, and data loss prevention (DLP). These capabilities help organizations safeguard their sensitive data and adhere to industry regulations and compliance standards.
    • Remote Control and Troubleshooting: With remote control capabilities, Endpoint Central allows IT administrators to access and control endpoints remotely, facilitating troubleshooting and issue resolution. It enables administrators to remotely troubleshoot software or hardware problems, install applications, and provide technical support to end-users, improving efficiency and minimizing downtime
    • Reporting and Analytics: Endpoint Central provides comprehensive reporting and analytics capabilities, offering insights into endpoint performance, security status, software usage, and compliance levels. These features help organizations assess the health and security of their endpoints, identify potential risks or issues, and make data-driven decisions for improved endpoint management.

    ManageEngine Endpoint Central Benefits:

    • Centralized endpoint management for diverse devices.
    • Improved operational efficiency through automation.
    • Enhanced security with antivirus, firewall, encryption, and data loss prevention.
    • Automated patch management for timely updates and security.
    • Remote control and troubleshooting for efficient issue resolution.
    • Comprehensive reporting and analytics for insights and informed decision-making.
    • Scalability and flexibility to accommodate organizational growth.
    • Cost-effectiveness by reducing manual management efforts and security risks.

    Reviews from Real Users

    PeerSpot user, Sr Engineer Administrator at a university, says that "Its cross-platform capabilities and the ability to do both OS-level patching and third-party patching are valuable. It is difficult to find a software product that will do all that for you out of the box, and you don't have to do any configuration other than your initial setup. Once you do that, there is a very minimalistic approach to getting it operational. You can have it up and running within a 20-minute time span."

    Park Armstrong, Chief Technical and Solution Architect at Vertigo Inc., writes that ManageEngine Endpoint Central is “Helpful for identifying and filling the gaps and meeting compliance needs, but each of their product works as an independent product and lacks integration”.

    Conquer network complexity with uncompromising precision. N‑ableN‑central® is our flagship remote monitoring and management platform that gives you the power to manage, automate, and protect at scale—and do more than you ever thought possible.

    • Available as an on-premises or hosted solution.
    • Scale easily to hundreds or thousands of devices.
    • Powerful automation tools for global or granular management.
    • Simple, efficient visibility and management from a single dashboard.
    • Proactive alerting with self-healing capabilities.
    • Advanced security solutions to protect in layers.
    Sample Customers
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Strathallan School, BMI Healthcare, Comercial Kywi, First Priority Federal Credit Union, Gerab National Enterprises
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Educational Organization37%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Construction Company7%
    Comms Service Provider5%
    Company Size
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise49%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise41%

    ManageEngine Endpoint Central is ranked 1st in Client Desktop Management with 21 reviews while N-able N-central is ranked 5th in Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) with 5 reviews. ManageEngine Endpoint Central is rated 8.2, while N-able N-central is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of ManageEngine Endpoint Central writes " Patch and upgrade many devices simultaneously in a DevSecOps pipeline which is effective but demanding on resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of N-able N-central writes "User-friendly graphical user interface and offers versatile functionality". ManageEngine Endpoint Central is most compared with Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Configuration Manager, Jamf Pro, VMware Workspace ONE and Microsoft 365 Business, whereas N-able N-central is most compared with N-able N-sight Remote Monitoring & Management, NinjaOne, Atera, Kaseya VSA and ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus.

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