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HP IMC - Edition Comparison

HP IMC was originally offered in two editions - Standard and Enterprise. As of v5.2, there is also a “Basic” edition. The new “Basic” edition is feature-limited, aimed at smaller customers with limited network management requirements.

[UPDATE April 13 2015: Prices and node counts have been updated]

The main goal of Basic is to put PCM+ out to pasture. It comes in two flavours:

There is plenty of information published on each edition, but HP does not seem to have a table showing a side-by-side comparison of the editions. This can make it a little hard to work out which edition you should choose. Here’s my stab at bringing this information together:

Feature Basic Standard Enterprise
Managed SNMP Nodes 50 (Max) 50 (base, expandable) 50 (base, expandable)
Managed Wireless APs 50 with Basic WLAN Manager Expandable. 0 base, need license for WSM 0 base, need license for WSM
Fault Management Yes Yes Yes
Performance  Mgmt Yes Yes Yes
Reporting Yes (Basic) Yes (Basic, custom reporting requires iAR license) Yes (Basic, custom reporting requires iAR license)
Config Mgmt Basic, no compliance mgmt Yes Yes
WLAN Monitoring Yes with WLAN version With WSM license With WSM license
NetFlow/sFlow sFlow only, max 24 hours data 0 base, can add NTA license 5 nodes base, can add more with NTA license
Embedded DB Yes, Windows only Yes, Windows only No
External DB Yes - SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle Yes - SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle Yes - SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle
Syslogs No Yes Yes
Service Monitor No Yes Yes
Security Control Centre No Yes Yes
ACL Management No Yes Yes
Virtual Connect No Yes Yes
Customised Functions No Yes Yes
Virtual Network Mgmt No Yes Yes
Hierarchical Monitoring No Can be lower tier Yes
eAPI No With license Yes
Additional Modules Available None UAM, NTA, EAD, VSM, QoS, MPLS, UAM, SHR, IPSec VPN, WSM, eAPI, TAM, APM, VAN, RSM, iAR UAM, EAD, VSM, QoS, MPLS, UAM, SHR, IPSec VPN, WSM, TAM, APM, VAN, RSM, iAR
Target Market Small HP wired/wireless networks. PCM+ replacement. Most medium-sized businesses, that don’t need hierarchical monitoring. Large, distributed networks with many sites, needing hierarchical monitoring
Price (at cdw.com) $1,529.99, or $4,221,99 (WLAN version) $3,066.99, additional 50 nodes $2,299.99 $11,499.99, additional 50 nodes $2,299.99

Note that you can get upgrade pricing from PCM+ to IMC.

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