I have a customer (University), who has bought about 30+ summit X430-440 switches and their core is X670. They also have about 50+ 2960, Netgears, Dlinks.
At the moment I have a big IdentiFi wifi project with them (about 400 APs).
On next Tueday I'am going to persuade the customer to add Netsight ADV to Wi-Fi project.
The problem is they use Cacti NMS. To be honest, Cacti is a very good tool, it's very similar to Netsight. It could show actual real-time links usage between switches, while Netsight couldn't. The customer is very good with Cacti, they use this NMS for 10 year. And it is totally free...
So, taking into the consideration things being said above, could you please share your ideas how to persuade the Customer to buy Netsight ADV?
Actually, you know what Netsight is: nothing works (sorry!). The data from devices is coming very slow. Most of the counters are very unobvious. And ADV-version is wildly expensive.
What I am thinking about? There are several Netsight features that I can outline:
1) In ADV I can deploy APs on a floorplans to see Coverage. The only thing I saw was "Data rate" after I ticked "Use default values if a Radios is off" in "Access Points". Sad...
2) Compass feature... I''ve tried to use it in different environments, but always get as reply a long list of unsorted devices or "Could not locate matching device data for the supplied search string." It seems to to me that to make Compass work all the switches should be Summits. This exists in NMS-BASE.
3) Summit mass firmware update and scheduled configuration backup - it works, but this also exists in NMS-BASE.
4) Confs compare feature - good, but it could be used very rare, in fact. And this is also exists in NMS-BASE.
5) Mass CLI commands in Console - good, but...
Well, could you point some useful features of NMS-ADV that I've forgotten?
Actually, I am going to offer them just NMS-ADV-25 in the beginning - it would be enough to cover almost all APs in Main building.
Many thanks in advance,