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Find out what your peers are saying about SCOM vs. SolarWinds Network Device Monitor and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"The dashboards are valuable because they ease troubleshooting and viewing. It becomes easier to locate the source of a problem... The dashboards make it easier to communicate with our clients. They don't want to see the alert console, they want to see a beautiful dashboard representing their network and their business and to watch it in case something is wrong in their environment.""You can concentrate and orchestrate several other solutions from other vendors. You can consolidate those solutions all in one place, then maintain and monitor from that single point. This creates ease of use. It is a very powerful solution from this point of view.""Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs.""The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were looking for a solution, because of the flexibility of the reporting. That's what we found to be most attractive in the solution. You can display the data as you want.""In addition, the flexibility, customizability, and analytics of Centreon's dashboards are all very good. The dashboards help us see the whole network map, and that is quite valuable for us. In addition, the dashboards have helped to improve our visibility and ability to proactively ensure the right data is available at the right time... The flexibility has given us the ability to add in our own monitoring metrics and that has been quite interesting and very useful for us.""The single-pane view provides us a view of all of our network infrastructure, and it is one of the most important tools that we use to see the status of our customers' networks.""We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good.""The most valuable feature is that we can manually configure everything we need. After it comes inside the interface of Centreon, you can display it. Because the interface is quite user-friendly, you can manually configure the configuration very deeply, which is very pleasant and useful because you can monitor and see everything on your service list, dashboard, or MAP. The most useful feature for me is that you can create your own plugin and monitoring query."

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"It discovers the components automatically, which is a fantastic thing. The discovery works in an automatic way, and it has a dynamic way of discovering the components, assets, and applications. It doesn't require any manual intervention.""We have found the scalability capabilities to be okay.""Availability monitoring is the feature I have found most valuable, as well as the capacity and ability to send notifications.""It's easy to use.""The advantages of SCOM are that it is definitely user friendly and a more appropriate solution for what we need.""They have great integration with the active directory.""I like some of their newer features, such as maintenance schedules, because SCOM records SLA and SLO time.""I enjoy its integration with the Microsoft Active Directory functions, which means users, computers, or other group policies can connect with Windows Active Directory."

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"In terms of general network monitoring features, I find SolarWinds Network Device Monitor very flexible and comfortable to use. The software itself is extremely useful when it comes to monitoring how our data moves between different networks and environments.""I like the mapping that you could do and the dashboards were very pretty.""The deployment process is quick.""This product proactively tells us about issues before the users notice."

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"Centreon is actually missing an easy way to create a trendline for the metrics. Actually it is possible to create it, but you need a good knowledge of math, Centreon, and RRD.""Opening a ticket on the website of Centreon can be difficult for my colleague, but not for me because my English is good. However, my colleague doesn't speak English well, as our company is in Quebec and our first language is French.""Currently, we have to go through all of the different templates and take a look at how the template is configured, and how specific parameters may change across different templates with different precedents, megatons, etc. It's a lot of work and involves trial and error. I wish they could simplify the process.""I would like to see more plugins. That is something it needs. There is also room for improvement through dynamic thresholds, or self-discover thresholds. I would also like to see a discovery feature that could map the whole network environment and automatically suggest things.""Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature.""I would like them to improve their documentation. When I faced some issues, I was looking for more documentation on the Internet. There is official documentation on Centreon's website, which sometimes is useful. Sometimes it is not very useful, as you cannot find the information or enough examples of configuration. The answer for me was to contact the support, who helped me, but I was not able to find all the information by myself on Centreon's website. A Centreon community or blog would be helpful.""During the initial setup we faced some issues. Part of it was because we had to become more knowledgeable in the solution. There are some gray areas and if you don't know the product well you may have issues. Another part of it was some bugs that we came across, although that's part of every software solution in IT nowadays. But the initial setup could be easier."

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"They can focus more on cloud monitoring instead of on-premise monitoring. We should be able to monitor cloud-related applications. They can include this feature in the next release. If it is in the cloud, we can have scalability by using Kubernetes. The container is containerized, packaged, and managed using Kubernetes. This feature is not there in SCOM. Going forward, if they can focus on that, it will be great.""The management of the servers could be better.""System Center just provided upgrade and update features for Windows clients, and Windows systems, and did not support Linux, Android, or iOS, and other operating systems. They need to provide better integration with other operating systems if they don't already.""The solution should be more user-friendly and offer a better user interface.""The dashboard features are not user-friendly for our management team, only for the technical department.""There are some negative points about this product. Sometimes, the capabilities of the software don't appear, and you can't directly see the results. You have to wait for a long period to refresh the policy to push it to the software or other patches.""The interface is a little bit cumbersome and certain actions could be simplified.""The initial setup should be easier to complete."

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"Although I haven't explored all of the features available, I wouldn't mind if the software were made to be a bit more customizable.""The security could always be improved.""The security needs improvement, which is why we are moving away from Solar Winds. We have security concerns.""Integration with different tools, such as ServiceNow and Excel, can be improved.""There is no mobile version of this product, and our team should be able to access it using a mobile device."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If you need basic monitoring without dashboards, just monitoring, the plugins are very useful and really cheap. If you want a more complete solution with dashboards and reporting, the EMS solution is great and it is not that much more expensive. It's a good value. Really good."
  • "Centreon is always available to develop new plugins when needed. The most important thing is that their maintenance account yearly subscription fee includes the fact that they will maintain the new plugins that you requested them to deliver."
  • "The pricing works out well for us, given our environment and where we are."
  • "Centreon is better than Nagios XI in regards to cost and support response times, when you have a problem. If you have a problem, it costs money to contact the Nagios XI support."
  • "Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other tools where you have to purchase add-ons."
  • "It is perfect and very cheap if you are a little company or startup. After that, it is quite expensive for a big company."
  • "I would like to see improvement in the licensing model. You can purchase X number of licenses, up to 1,000 devices or 1,000 instances. Your next batch is 2,000. But what if you only need, say, 1,200? The model could be changed a little bit."
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  • "It is more expensive than the competition."
  • "SCOM is part of the System Center suite and I am satisfied with the pricing."
  • "We have an enterprise agreement that includes this product as part of it."
  • "The pricing is good, and it's part of their system center suite."
  • "We have to pay for a license and the price is fine for us."
  • "We have an EA with Microsoft, and it comes as part of the EA."
  • "Our Enterprise Agreement includes the price."
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  • "Well, we had a perpetual license and the renewal was $20 to $25,000."
  • "Thankfully, it doesn't take a lot of manpower to install and deploy."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The most valuable feature is that we can manually configure everything we need. After it comes inside the interface of… more »
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    We buy the Centreon solution and licenses for many projects and monitoring hosts. It is perfect and very cheap if you… more »
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    The solution’s customizable reports and dashboards for allowing management to see performance metrics is very well done… more »
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    I like some of their newer features, such as maintenance schedules, because SCOM records SLA and SLO time.
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    Our Enterprise Agreement includes the price. All of the Systems Center products have a backup, which we don't use, but… more »
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    I would like to see them improve their network monitoring. We use Solar Winds, and it has a direct interface into SCOM… more »
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    The security could always be improved. We would prefer if the support was faster in terms of response times.
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    Also Known As
    System Center Operations Manager, SCOM 2012
    Network Device Monitor
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    Overview
    The Centreon solution, based on a free to download Open Source Platform, monitors all critical IT Infrastructure and Applications with real-time dashboards, analytics and insightful alerts that prevent business-impacting downtimes. Since 2005, over 200,000 IT professionals from SMBs and Fortune 500 companies rely on Centreon to guarantee their organization operational performance.
    System Center Operations Manager provides infrastructure monitoring that is flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your datacenter and cloud, both private and public.
    Network Device Monitor is a free tool that makes it easy to monitor the real-time performance and health of a single device on your network with a desktop dashboard that alerts you when your device is in trouble.
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    Airbus, Bollore, BT, Canal Plus, Kuehne Nagel, Limagrain, LVMH, Oberthur Technologies, Orange, Darty, Addax Petroleum, Plastic Omnium, Auchan, Valeo, Saint Gobin, Clarins, Hugo Boss, JC Decaux, French Government (Defense, Justice, Environment, Agriculture), OptiComm, Thales, Zeiss.
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Wholesaler/Distributor6%
    Government5%
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    Financial Services Firm26%
    Government10%
    Retailer10%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government10%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    SCOM is ranked 8th in Network Monitoring Software with 14 reviews while SolarWinds Network Device Monitor is ranked 44th in Network Monitoring Software with 5 reviews. SCOM is rated 7.8, while SolarWinds Network Device Monitor is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SCOM writes "Feature rich, scalable and user-friendly, but open-source products are free and do the same thing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Network Device Monitor writes "Lets us monitor how our data moves around and supports us well with troubleshooting". SCOM is most compared with Zabbix, Dynatrace, PRTG Network Monitor, Nagios XI and SolarWinds NPM, whereas SolarWinds Network Device Monitor is most compared with ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer, Auvik, StableNet and DX NetOps. See our SCOM vs. SolarWinds Network Device Monitor report.

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