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Puppet Enterprise vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Puppet Enterprise vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly.""The versatility is great.""The most valuable features are the agent, high load balancing, and overall robustness and features."

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"The feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices.""The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices.""The installation is straightforward.""It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes.""It's perfect for network configuration management. It's easy to use."

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Cons
"The solution has really complex code, you have to understand the Ruby language. However, once you know the code then you can move ahead without any problems.""It's a bit of a pain point to make sure that everything works once we've upgraded it because Puppet has been evolving pretty fast.""There's a lot of scope for enhancement on the DevSecOps side. They should definitely include features for compliance, for both the Linux and Windows side of the devices, as well as for network devices. Compliance is something they need to work on."

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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 Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.""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 solution could improve by being more secure.""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."

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  • "The main thing that we noticed when we switched from the enterprise version to the community version was the difference in cost — the infrastructure is pretty expensive."
  • "Depending on the size of the organization there is a point when the price of Puppet Enterprise should be lower. However, they provide really good functionality, features, and capabilities."
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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."
  • "I have a yearly subscription."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly.
    Top Answer:Puppet was a good product; we used it when we had 200 VMs. When we tried to add Windows servers to it, that's when we realized the price nearly doubled for us because we also have around 200 Windows… more »
    Top Answer:The main thing that we noticed when we switched from the enterprise version to the community version was the difference in cost — the infrastructure is pretty expensive. We work in the education… more »
    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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    Overview

    Puppet Data Center Automation helps sysadmins automate configuration and management of machines and the software running on them. With our software, businesses can make rapid, repeatable changes and automatically enforce the consistency of systems and devices, across physical and virtual machines, on prem or in the cloud.

    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
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, GitHub, IP Commerce, Cedexis, Spiceworks, Server Density, Swisstopo, Chockstone, Constant Contact, NICS, Citrix
    United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government9%
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    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government12%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise30%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Puppet Enterprise vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Puppet Enterprise vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,063 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Puppet Enterprise is ranked 9th in Configuration Management with 3 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 12th in Configuration Management with 5 reviews. Puppet Enterprise is rated 8.6, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Puppet Enterprise writes "A set-it-and-forget-it management solution". 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". Puppet Enterprise is most compared with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, BigFix and Fortinet FortiGate Cloud, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Prime, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Fortinet FortiManager and Infoblox NetMRI. See our Puppet Enterprise vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.

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