3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2017 7:14 AM by Mark Roberts

    Why use NCM vs. Cattools?


      There may some good marketing pitch here but I wondering if Cattools does so much great stuff backing up device configs why spend all the dollars on NCM?  Can Cattools run under Orion now?  My recollection is it had to run as it's own service.  I ask because our services company may want Solarwinds Orion but are crying about every dollar like it's taking dinner out of their kids mouths.  <sigh>


      thanks folks for  this vs. that info.

        • Re: Why use NCM vs. Cattools?


          I will call sale support to get the long answer..

          I will say that if you on the way to buy NPM so you will get more for your money from NCM.


          • Re: Why use NCM vs. Cattools?

            If you are only planning to back up configs up then cat tools may be all you need.  The main features added by ncm is the integration into your other Orion products, the config compliance report tool, and the config change templates.

            • Re: Why use NCM vs. Cattools?
              Mark Roberts

              As mesverrum has indicated if you are just doing device backups, then Cattools will do the job.


              However, NCM includes so many more features and capabilities to make configuration management, compliance, security assessments so much easier. If you already have Orion NPM, then correlating configuration changes to performance data is such a great thing to have at your fingertips, without having to correlate two different applications and data sources.


              Try it and you will see for yourself (I suggest standing up an independent trial instance of Orion NPM and NCM for analysis and not installing against your production Orion)