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Pros
"We have the business activity monitoring, the map, and the MBI modules and they are all very good.""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 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.""Centreon helps me detect where the problem is quickly. When we resolve a problem quickly, this lowers our overall costs.""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.""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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"Reporting on NetCrunch is pretty good. It's very similar to SolarWinds. It's just a different interface. The majority of everything there was beneficial."

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"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.""It covers everything from end to end, from the standpoint of endpoint machines and the routers and switches. The switch port also comes there.""The most valuable feature is the graphical user interface.""The product is scalable.""The interface is user-friendly, making it easy to use.""A product that is well-tested and trusted in demanding situations.""We have configured multiple alerts for our network devices, including routers and switches, so that we are notified if any interface goes down.""The product is lightweight in terms of memory use, requiring only 10 megabytes or less."

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

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"I didn't care for the role-based, permission-based options, which were not the best."

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"It is difficult for stakeholders to translate technical requirements, which results in difficulties selecting a platform or implementing a solution.""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.""There needs to be more integration of widgets, especially for reporting purposes.""In terms of scalability, there is room for improvement. When you start monitoring, if you have so many interfaces and you're trying to monitor them at a faster interval, or a shorter interval, you get to a point where you need to request another node.""One of the challenges with SolarWinds is that in order to pull the data, we have to have a lot of false positives.""Fortigate firewalls are one example of a product that we are unable to monitor properly via SolarWinds NPM.""I would like to see some enhancement on the reporting side, such as making it a little bit easier to create reports or having a larger assortment of canned reports.""Having more technical and support resources available in Saudi Arabia would be helpful."

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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.""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.""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."

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"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.""It is too expensive.""We have a multi-year license for the use of this solution. There are additional costs for recourses in the environment.""I find that the pricing is acceptable.""There can be fees in addition to the licensing fees if you add on.""USD $15,000 annually for maintenance.""There is a permanent license and also a subscription level which has annual fees. The price of the solution is fair."

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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: Reporting on NetCrunch is pretty good. It's very similar to SolarWinds. It's just a different interface. The majority of… more »
Top Answer: I didn't care for the role-based, permission-based options, which were not the best.
Top Answer: It's basically used for network monitoring. It lets you know what's happening on a network at all times. For example, it… more »
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.

NetCrunch is the complete network monitoring solution for monitoring traffic, topology, devices, systems, logs, and services. It's policy, and template-based configuration makes managing thousands of nodes a breeze. It automatically generates layer-2 maps and manages monitoring dependencies. NetCrunch supports major operating systems, virtualization platforms, and the Cloud. Complete SNMP support with 8,700+ MIBs included and a built-in MIB compiler.

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.
AER Kooperation, AON Corpration, Advance Financial services, Airbus SAS, Bauer Net consult, Banco Soal, Bertelsmann, Burke County public, COF training services
Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider24%
Wholesaler/Distributor5%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider17%
Government11%
Retailer5%
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
REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise36%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise49%
Find out what your peers are saying about Zabbix, Datadog, SolarWinds and others in Network Monitoring Software. Updated: November 2021.
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NetCrunch is ranked 46th in Network Monitoring Software with 1 review while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 3rd in Network Monitoring Software with 28 reviews. NetCrunch is rated 7.0, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of NetCrunch writes "A network monitoring platform with a useful reporting feature, but permission-based options could be better". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Make monitoring key performance factors in your enterprise customized and effective". NetCrunch is most compared with PRTG Network Monitor, Zabbix, Nagios XI, SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor and DX Infrastructure Manager, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, LogicMonitor, PRTG Network Monitor and WhatsUp Gold.

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