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"Cloud Secure is definitely the most valuable feature and being able to see file level activity. It gives real-time alerting on possible ransomware attacks and provides file security review. It helps us to see if something abnormal is happening on the system before it's too late.""It is good for giving an overview of the systems and for tracking long-term trends. It is handy for root cause analysis, e.g. it can eliminate whether storage is the cause of an issue.""Its ability to quickly inventory our resources, figure out interdependencies across them, and assemble a topology of your environment is brilliant. There is a price associated with it. Whenever you target a NetApp environment, it is included in the price but whenever you want to add different vendors, like VMware and Cisco, the price greatly spikes. Inventorization helps us a lot to visualize the environment.""Among the most valuable features are the queries and reporting that allow us to look at the utilization of resources, at how well the storage is performing, and to report on which resources are being used by which business units. We can track usage across the entire environment, across applications, business units, cost centers, etc."

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"It is easy to create your own custom modules if you just know a little bit of scripting. If you have unique requirements, you can just make your own modules. You can even grab checks from other vendors. There are open-source checks for various things such as SMTP, etc. There is a long list of different ones from Nagios. You can just use them, and within seconds, you get yourself a check that is monitoring whatever you need. It is really flexible. I guess that's why they call it Pandora Flexible Monitoring System (FMS). It is reliable. It does the job, and it alerts. It is also surprisingly feature-rich. Our network guy just recently asked about a particular protocol to monitor the bandwidth on the network, which is not a common protocol. When I looked it up, and I found that they cover it. It is very mature for a not-so-known product.""What I value most about Pandora FMS is the simplicity of working with it."

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"The initial setup is easy.""We don't have any issues with the stability of SolarWinds NPM.""Reporting tools are a great feature along with the ability to create customized reports for you""What I've found most valuable about the solution is that it's scalable.""The product is lightweight in terms of memory use, requiring only 10 megabytes or less.""The most valuable features are language support and technical support.""The solution is extremely stable. We haven't had any issues in that regard. We haven't had issues with bugs, glitches, or crashes.""Can easily be interconnected with other management systems."

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"Their pricing model needs improvement.""There is room for improving the creating and managing or modifying of reports. That is still a difficult task to do and requires knowledge beyond the storage itself. I would love to see reporting improved so that we can create reports by dragging and dropping pieces into a report form and publish a report that way.""When I did need support because I was having problems with the solution, the first or the second line just didn't understand it. They were providing this only on a software as a service basis. So, they were asking all the wrong questions.""In a perfect world we would have something built, right out-of-the-box, that can identify what we call "noise," and reduce the amount of data. You're presented with so much data when you first start the data collectors. For example, it brings back a lot of change rates that happen just because of standard computing, like profile changes and that sort of thing. Being able to identify things like that and categorize them and strip it down—and it probably can do that, I just haven't gotten there yet—would be very beneficial."

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"Their support is good, but it is just online communication. It would be great to be able to just call someone and talk to them instead of always writing. It works well for me because I am a decent communicator in email, but some people might find it difficult to describe in a written fashion and communicate with them that way. There is a learning curve to the interface, but once you get used to it, it is actually very powerful. They have a lot of options, but people struggle with the interface. They've improved it though, and it is getting better. They need to keep improving the learning curve to help buy-in. I'm the guy that manages it, so I'm comfortable with it. They can refine the upgrade agents to be easier. They can also do more refinement in end-user usability because not everyone is strong technically, and people who aren't strong technically might be averse to the product, even though it has come a long way. It has a complete GUI and everything.""The price for Pandora FMS is expensive."

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"Having more technical and support resources available in Saudi Arabia would be helpful.""The solution's network discovery and node addition processes need more work.""SolarWinds needs to be improved such that it is on par with the leading products in the market.""The solution could improve in many areas, such as the marketing and description of the products, providing areas of improvement, cloud capabilities, and being able to be more streamlined with the current integration points with other applications.""Robustness of network element mapping tool could be better""Sometimes there are issues when upgrading to a new version of the product.""The root cause analysis and installation faults are not clear.""My team has had a lot of issues with support."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing model could be improved. We love that you can use it for free for looking at NetApp products. You only need licenses to look at non-NetApp products, but as soon as you do that, you start utilizing licenses that actually would have been free in the public. So, there is a bit of an anomaly in the licensing model."
  • "Be aware of the capacity licensing and understand how that works, because it is based on capacity. Getting an understanding of that is the biggest thing."
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  • "They are very competitive on the pricing side. That's one reason why my manager keeps using it."
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  • "It is relatively inexpensive compared to other products in the same category."
  • "It's expensive and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing."
  • "The price is more expensive than some other products, such as ManageEngine."
  • "I find that the pricing is acceptable."
  • "USD $15,000 annually for maintenance."
  • "It is not an expensive product."
  • "It is too expensive."
  • "The licensing is based on the number of nodes, interfaces, and volumes."
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    It is easy to create your own custom modules if you just know a little bit of scripting. If you have unique… more »
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    They are very competitive on the pricing side. That's one reason why my manager keeps using it.
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    Their support is good, but it is just online communication. It would be great to be able to just call someone and talk… more »
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    It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools are… more »
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    From my point of view, SolarWind is the best tool.
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    We are partners with SolarWinds and we sell a lot of Network management to large enterprises also because of… more »
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    Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer
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    Overview

    NetApp Cloud Insights is an infrastructure monitoring tool that gives you visibility into your complete infrastructure. With Cloud Insights, you can monitor, troubleshoot and optimize all your resources including your public clouds and your private data centers.

    Pandora FMS Enterprise is the perfect on-premise monitoring software for companies with at least 100 devices. 

    Stop wasting your time and resources on complex and silo'd monitoring systems that are poorly integrated.

    It’s an all-in-one package offering modern and flexible IT monitoring, replacing the need for multiple, difficult-to-integrate, and more costly monitoring systems.

    Check the health and performance of your entire network for easier troubleshooting and faster results using SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor. NPM lets you quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance problems and outages. Now with built-in deep packet inspection and analysis you can immediately determine the impact of network or application latency on user experience.

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    Remotely Monitor and Optimize Your IT Operations

    Monitor and optimize all your organization's infrastructure even while working from home. Sign up for the 30-day trial to see how NetApp Cloud Insights helps to maintain availability, optimize cloud spend, and identify data security threats.

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    Rakuten, Prosegur, Repsol, Teléfonica, Allianz, Ottawa Hospital, Hughes
    Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company33%
    Healthcare Company22%
    Engineering Company11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
    REVIEWERS
    Healthcare Company13%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Computer Software Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business6%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Small Business83%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Pandora FMS is ranked 13th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 2 reviews while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 4th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 33 reviews. Pandora FMS is rated 9.0, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Pandora FMS writes "Super stable, very flexible, feature-rich, competitive price, and does the job". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Make monitoring key performance factors in your enterprise customized and effective". Pandora FMS is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios Core, Centreon, Amazon CloudWatch and PRTG Network Monitor, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, LogicMonitor, PRTG Network Monitor and Wireshark. See our Pandora FMS vs. SolarWinds NPM report.

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