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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS Manager vs. SolarWinds NPM and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good.""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.""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.""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.""Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs.""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."

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"The reporting functionality will give you any report you want.""Technical support has been good so far. We haven't had any issues with them. We're satisfied with the level of service they provide our company.""I can quickly manage the provisioned servers.""The flexibility and the ease in which the features can be expanded are the solution's most valuable aspects.""Ease of management is certainly the most valuable feature in this product.""The most valuable features are flexibility and management.""Cisco UCS Manager is overall a good package because it gives a GUI interface and a CLI."

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"The most valuable feature is the graphical user interface.""We don't have any issues with the stability of SolarWinds NPM.""The solution is extremely stable. We haven't had any issues in that regard. We haven't had issues with bugs, glitches, or crashes.""The product is lightweight in terms of memory use, requiring only 10 megabytes or less.""The solution is easy to install and it takes a couple of hours.""As we look to add more servers to our virtual environment and to understand the impact, the solution allows us to dig into the historical charts related to capacity planning.""SolarWinds NPM has a colorful UI and many easy-to-use features. It does not need to be configured as much and is also easy to install.""The biggest thing for me is that it provided enough information for me to monitor. It alerts and provides you with the information you need."

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Cons
"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.""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.""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.""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.""Improvements are needed in the area of cloud monitoring, as that's a newer feature."

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"Upgrading the firmware is a difficult procedure.""Cisco UCS Manager is not a scalable solution because once you have 160 blades, it cannot be expanded more.""We have three data centers and if we could manage all three data centers using one interface, it would be great.""The interface and the way it is constructed is very complex. They should work to simplify it. It's quite difficult for somebody who doesn't know the product very well. Users should be able to get proficient with it faster. There's definitely room for improvement there.""The automation within the solution needs to be simplified.""I would like to see Cisco UCS optionally work as a hyper-converged system because right now, it only operates as a converged system.""Its user interface can be improved. It can be more user-friendly."

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"The interface could be made more user-friendly.""The solution could be more secure.""SolarWinds needs to be improved such that it is on par with the leading products in the market.""They have had a rather large security breach in the past. It's cost some companies customers.""We decided that we were no longer going to trust that their products have not been capitalized.""Technical support and releases are not particularly reliable.""This product could improve by adding cloud monitoring. I want SolarWinds NPM to do much more integration, and have more involvement in cloud monitoring, like AWS or Google, or Azure. I feel like it requires lots of improvement for cloud monitoring in NPM.""It is difficult for stakeholders to translate technical requirements, which results in difficulties selecting a platform or implementing a solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""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.""The pricing works out well for us, given our environment and where we are.""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."

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"I find that the pricing is acceptable.""It is not an expensive product.""The licensing is based on the number of nodes, interfaces, and volumes.""It is too expensive.""There are a lot of sub-products and it just continued to increase the price.""It's expensive and there are costs in addition to the standard licensing.""There can be fees in addition to the licensing fees if you add on.""It is relatively inexpensive compared to other products in the same category."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The customizable reports and dashboards are really flexible. We started this partnership with Centreon, when we were… more »
Top Answer: Their licensing model is really easy. You have one license and you have access to all the features, compared to other… more »
Top Answer: There is room for improvement in the basic reporting. They provide reporting in PDF files but you cannot modify these… more »
Top Answer: I can quickly manage the provisioned servers.
Top Answer: Its user interface can be improved. It can be more user-friendly.
Top Answer: I am using Cisco UCS Manager for managing our entire ecosystem for Cisco products.
Top Answer: It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools are… more »
Top Answer: From my point of view, SolarWind is the best tool.
Top Answer: We are partners with SolarWinds and we sell a lot of Network management to large enterprises also because of… more »
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Also Known As
Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer
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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.
Cisco UCS Manager helps significantly reduce management and administration expenses by automating routine tasks to increase operational agility. Customers can extend the benefits of Cisco UCS Manager globally across an enterprise to thousands of servers in multiple domains with Cisco UCS Central Software.

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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Sample Customers
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.
Management Science Associates, Peak 10, Virtual Consulting Professionals
Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Wholesaler/Distributor5%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider33%
Consumer Goods Company11%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Financial Services Firm11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company25%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm11%
Comms Service Provider11%
Computer Software Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise36%
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise64%
REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise50%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco UCS Manager vs. SolarWinds NPM and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco UCS Manager is ranked 13th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 7 reviews while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 4th in IT Infrastructure Monitoring with 28 reviews. Cisco UCS Manager is rated 8.2, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco UCS Manager writes "Easy to manage and has high availability ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Make monitoring key performance factors in your enterprise customized and effective". Cisco UCS Manager is most compared with Cisco Intersight, Nutanix Prism, HPE OneView, Zabbix and Opsview Monitor, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, LogicMonitor, Wireshark and PRTG Network Monitor. See our Cisco UCS Manager vs. SolarWinds NPM report.

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