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Likelihood to Recommend

Colasoft Capsa

Capsa is highly recommended to be used in small dense areas of a network where it makes sense to be able to run analytics off of a mirror port to gain insight into traffic trends. It is a costly product to install in branch locations, and requires a decent spec hardware to run appropriately
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

TotalView

TotalView is well suited for an infrastructure where you are looking for a cost-effective, additive network management tool for in-depth device diagnostic information. This will not be a one-stop shop application, but it does what is advertised very well. SNMP is required for configuration and adding additional devices is quick and simple. This product also works well with Shoretel VoIP systems and allows for a full overview of connected phones along with being able to view calls on an extension/IP basis.
Zachary Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
8.7
Automated network device discovery
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
9.0
Network monitoring
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
8.3
Baseline threshold calculation
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
9.2
Alerts
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
8.3
Network capacity planning
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
8.8
Packet capture analysis
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
9.1
Network mapping
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
8.8
Customizable reports
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
7.9
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
9.1
Hardware health monitoring
Colasoft Capsa
TotalView
8.3

Pros

Colasoft Capsa

  • Robust Application. Able to handle traffic that most businesses will throw at it.
  • Easy to use. Easy to setup captures and filter down to specific traffic types.
  • Relatively cheap for what it's able to accomplish.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

TotalView

  • The setup is fast and easy - 500 devices in 20 minutes.
  • The ability to go back a day or a week in time allows us to more easily troubleshoot the "what happened at 3 a.m. yesterday" question.
  • It gives us easily accessible stats for checks and balances like device types, counts, models, serial number etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Colasoft Capsa

  • Needs options to scale to 10Gb/s networks. The cutoff for performance looks to be around 3Gb/sl
  • Needs API access to trigger capturesl
  • Needs Agents for remote capturesl
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

TotalView

  • If you have some complexities in your network addressing, the network diagram tool will lay everything out automatically, but it will be confusing to look at. There is a way to edit the diagram so it looks more intuitive, but it may require some time to edit everything the right way.
  • TotalView will count virtual interfaces such as voice dial-peers and service modules as "ports," which counts against your license count. However, there is a way to edit each device to remove these "false positives" so it doesn't suck up licenses, but it can take some time to clean those up.
Bryan Mularcik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Colasoft Capsa

Colasoft performs more like the traditional wireshark as opposed to other solutions that tend to focus on graphs instead of giving you the raw data. I personally prefer the raw data, and then the ability to build graphs upon this (which Capsa can do). This allows for quicker analysis and makes it easier to relate to.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

TotalView

The three tools listed do different things with some similarities. For us the biggest need was data analysis, semi-automatic troubleshooting, and data gathering and topology mapping. TotalView hit the most of these in the price point we were looking for. Each tool has "extras," but we felt that the extras provided by TotalView were good enough and that the other tools didn't justify the cost.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Colasoft Capsa

  • While the product doesn't detect malware, it has helped track down malware infected machines by using data from other applications to run filters to look for known traffic destinations for that malware. For me this is a huge ROI since malware can be the great unknown.
  • Relatively cheap compared to the feature set.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

TotalView

  • Wuite possibly the best spent money i have recommended in my 20+ year IT career.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Colasoft Capsa

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

TotalView

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Colasoft Capsa
9.0
TotalView
9.6

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