Monday, 09 August 2021 21:50

Uncommitted network changes are a thing of the past with SolarWinds NCM


SPONSORED PROMOTION The core switch has failed, taking with it all the VLANs, QoS, and more. Where's the last backup, if you have one at all? Fortunately, SolarWinds has your back with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), which provides you with accurate network configuration insights and backups along with network compliance and automation.

Pick nearly any organisation globally with a network. Chances are it's managing IP address allocation in a spreadsheet, and if they have a backup, it's out-of-date and stored with an ex-staff member's personal files. Worst of all, half the network devices likely have obscure forgotten passwords and have never been backed up. When a backup isn’t available, the time, pain, and cost repercussions can be huge—and sometimes irreparable.

Perhaps your company is like this and has a chart of which patch panel ports match which hubs. Maybe your company has accepted this chart lost its integrity the day your phone system vendor moved around a few cables so it was easier to plug their laptop in.

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager removes all this manual effort and takes away the barriers of complexity getting in the way of managing your network equipment.

With NCM you don’t have to worry about your documentation being up-to-date or coming in blind to an environment where sometimes no documentation is better than the aged, unhelpful documentation you do get.

NCM swiftly and effortlessly builds an accurate inventory of your network devices—no matter the vendor—through scanning and discovery, and the tool shows you what's what, no matter what you were told. It lets you back up and manage your device configurations, provides an assessment of your vulnerability risk, and helps you roll out network compliance and automation policies. It also gives you a library of "gold standard" configurations you can apply, helping you take advantage of worldwide best practices.


NCM begins at $2,060 for a subscription and $4,115 for a perpetual license, but the value it delivers can be measured in the efficiency gains and cost reductions it provides, not to mention the ability to recover from disaster by effortlessly restoring a configuration. The compliance and security capabilities take it even further, and unless you can count the number of network devices you have on one hand, it's an essential tool for your IT department’s arsenal. SolarWinds is dedicated to the security and integrity of the software it delivers to customers. Working through its commitment to Secure by Design principles to become a leader in enterprise software security, the company focuses on continuous enhancements of its product development and threat detection and prevention.

SolarWinds offers a risk-free trial of NCM as well as an interactive online demo so you can see it in action.

One of the strategic goals of a modern IT team is to flip the traditional 80/20 balance of maintenance and innovation. NCM is a tool designed to take you there, quickly resolving operational issues and freeing your network team to focus on strategic initiatives.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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