Keysight Network Test (Ixia BreakingPoint & Hawkeye) vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Keysight Network Test (Ixia BreakingPoint & Hawkeye)
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Keysight Network Test, consisting of the former Ixia BreakingPoint and Ixia Hawkeye product brands, among other tools, helps the user exceed customer expectations by ensuring high performance of wired, Wi-Fi, and 3G/4G/LTE networks in both pre-deployment and real-world environments.N/A
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
Score 8.1 out of 10
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SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer is a network monitoring tool within the broader SolarWinds ecosystem. It includes core traffic monitoring features, as well as customizable traffic reports and alerts.N/A
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.1
(61 ratings)
Usability
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8.0
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Support Rating
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8.1
(49 ratings)
Online Training
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8.2
(1 ratings)
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8.2
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9.1
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User Testimonials
Keysight Network Test (Ixia BreakingPoint & Hawkeye)SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
Likelihood to Recommend
Keysight Technologies
Keysight BreakingPoint Cloud is a Software-as-a-Service Cybersecurity Assessment Platform which ensures optimal configuration of DDoS protection services and performs regularly scheduled validations using an always up-to-date library of DDoS attacks. BreakingPoint Cloud has intelligence of more than 20 years of leadership in network security testing to reveal your security exposure across public, private, and hybrid networks.
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SolarWinds
I would suggest this tool to any user that has to monitor multiple sites and locations where bandwidth monitoring can be a labor. This software works really well for central monitoring of multiple sites and services where having a technician onsite isn't feasible. I really like the reporting, though, and would recommend this for someone wanting to keep an eye on bandwidth usage for replication of data across sites.
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Pros
Keysight Technologies
  • Scalability
  • DDoS Protection
  • Data Security Compliance
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SolarWinds
  • The level of customization possible with Network Bandwidth Analyzer is very valuable. Rather than being stuck with a "one-size-fits-all" presentation, an administrator can easily create customized views, reports, and alerts so that users can have a more tailored view of the data provided by Network Bandwidth Analyzer. This has the effect of making the tool more attractive to the end user.
  • The NetFlow Traffic Analyzer piece of Network Bandwidth Analyzer provides the details on bandwidth usage on the network. More than knowing how much bandwidth is being used, one is provided with detailed information on how that bandwidth is being used. This provides invaluable information for capacity planning and even certain forensic tasks faced by the network engineer.
  • The ability to produce network maps provides an easy way to create an attractive and functional NOC/SOC view of the entire network. Both technician and the occasional passerby can quickly determine if there are issues to be addressed. The ability to customize a map with background images and custom icons and stencils can make these maps really pop.
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Cons
Keysight Technologies
  • Cost Effective
  • Multi Vendor Support
  • Private Cloud support
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SolarWinds
  • The ability to intuitively and quickly serve up specified information up to a dashboard for general “public” consumption, that cycles through several pages of information.
  • The ability to intuitively set up alerting on bandwidth levels, instead of having to dig through all types of alerts available to find the one needed.
  • Provide a pricing model based on different support levels: if I want only available update installations, don’t make me pay the same amount as those wanting full support.
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Usability
Keysight Technologies
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SolarWinds
As far as rating for usability is concerned I would give 10/10 as NTA is very easy to use. All you need to do is install that module and ask network Team to configure the Netflow towards Server IP. [The] rest is pre-configured and reports are pre-built. Moment you receive the flows from Network all you will have is information about traffic.
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Support Rating
Keysight Technologies
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SolarWinds
It is useful for our Infrastructure team and also provides valuable insights to our application team regarding the traffic being sent from various endpoints. They can monitor their applications and ensure there are no network issues that may impact their application.
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Online Training
Keysight Technologies
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SolarWinds
The training offered by SolarWinds is some of the best out there. They have several different videos that go into great detail from initial setup to advanced configurations. In addition to the view at your own pace video, they also have live training for customers that focus on a single product and you can ask questions with the folks who develop the software. I have had good success with their live sessions and getting questions answered.
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Alternatives Considered
Keysight Technologies
Keysight Breaking Point stacks up against others as it has an intelligence for more than 20 years. It gives evidence to document DDoS protection compliance to comply the regulatory compliance. To eliminate attacks, Keysight’s Breaking Point Cloud provides a real time IP validation, confirming you can simulate DDoS tests only against resources on your Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure.
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SolarWinds
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer compared to Wireshark and PRTG Network Monitor beats it by just the simple interface. Though all are manual setup, NTA takes it a step further with graphs and reports that analyze the data for you. In comparing to Extrahop from a bandwidth comparison, Extrahop wins but Extrahop is a lot more than just a bandwidth monitoring and cost.
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Return on Investment
Keysight Technologies
  • Data Center Micro Segmentation
  • Scada Network Security
  • Application and Threat Intelligence
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SolarWinds
  • Be prepared to answer lots of questions. When people see the data in NTA they are going to want to know why App A is talking to App B. Be ready to explain!
  • Hand the keys to the NTA kingdom to the network team. They will thank you. Everyone wants to have friends on the network team, right?
  • Be prepared to invest in some significant compute and storage performance to keep up with your NTA monitoring
  • Running the latest firmware for your network gear is (often) required to take advantage of all the flow-monitoring. You upgrade regularly, right??
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