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Pros
"This product has good network monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities.""Enables maps to be drawn out."

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"It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes.""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 feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices.""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
"Each device needs to be configured to allow NetBrain to poll for the information it needs, which can be very time-consuming for a large network.""The IP interface brief isn't consistent."

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"The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs.""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.""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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  • "Licensing is based on a per-device basis, which means that it can get very expensive if you have a large number of devices."
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  • "You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go."
  • "There is a license for the use of this solution and it is priced well, there is a lot of value for the money."
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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.
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    Also Known As
    SolarWinds NCM
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    Overview

    Managing today’s networks with yesterday’s manual processes is no longer a viable solution. NetBrain’s network automation platform provides actionable insights into your network to help you make better and faster decisions - particularly when you’re troubleshooting, securing, and making changes to the network.

    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
    CompuCon, TD Ameritrade, Move Inc.
    United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    REVIEWERS
    Small Business70%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise20%
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    NetBrain is ranked 10th in Network Automation with 2 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 5th in Network Automation with 5 reviews. NetBrain is rated 7.0, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of NetBrain writes "Some inconsistencies which have improved recently; ability to draw out maps is a big time saver ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Reliable, scalable, easy to use, good support, and offers the ability to script changes". NetBrain is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, Infoblox NetMRI, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, ThousandEyes and Cisco DNA Center, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer, Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Prime, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Infoblox NetMRI.

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