Network World Fusion did a review of network configuration tools back in April 2004.
Their choice for the best product evaluated was Rendition's TrueControl.
Elsewhere on their web site, they also have a more up-to-date list (but not review) of configuration management products.
They tested 5 products:
- AlterPoint's DeviceAuthority Suite
- Dorado Software's RedCell
- Rendition Networks' TrueControl 3.0
- Tripwire's Tripwire for Network Devices (TND)
- Voyence's VoyenceControl
The criteria that they set included:
- Correctly establish the existing configuration of the network.
- Support a multi-vendor network infrastructure.
- Let administrators make one-time changes or automated changes based on established policies.
- Cooperate with existing network management and security components.
- Provide informative data through a reasonable management console.
So, their focus was more on discovering and fitting into an existing network that's presumably managed by hand, and providing tools to make that manual management somewhat more effective.