We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Being able to easily, and quickly obtain disc space statistics from servers and determine how much was free or used on various volumes."
"It covers everything from end to end, from the standpoint of endpoint machines and the routers and switches. The switch port also comes there."
"A product that is well-tested and trusted in demanding situations."
"The people in technical support are very good."
"The alerting and usage tracking notifications on disk space capacity, network and processor utilization."
"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 connectivity of the solution is very good."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Their pricing model needs improvement."
"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."
"One of the challenges with SolarWinds is that in order to pull the data, we have to have a lot of false positives."
"Complex and overly detailed setup."
"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."
"Sometimes there are issues when upgrading to a new version of the product."
"If they did some type of synthetic monitoring, it would have been better."
"The integration needs to be improved."
"The solution's network discovery and node addition processes need more work."
"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."
"There are a lot of sub-products and it just continued to increase the price."
"There can be fees in addition to the licensing fees if you add on."
"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."
"There is a permanent license and also a subscription level which has annual fees. The price of the solution is fair."
"The licensing is based on the number of nodes, interfaces, and volumes."
"We have a multi-year license for the use of this solution. There are additional costs for recourses in the environment."
"USD $15,000 annually for maintenance."
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NetApp Cloud Insights is ranked 16th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 4 reviews while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 4th in Cloud Monitoring Software with 28 reviews. NetApp Cloud Insights is rated 8.8, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of NetApp Cloud Insights writes "Helps us to see interdependencies, overlay latency between two completely separate systems, and query application performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Make monitoring key performance factors in your enterprise customized and effective". NetApp Cloud Insights is most compared with Datadog, Amazon CloudWatch, VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront, LogicMonitor and Zabbix, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, LogicMonitor, Wireshark and PRTG Network Monitor. See our NetApp Cloud Insights vs. SolarWinds NPM report.
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