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Score 6.8 out of 100

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

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Likelihood to Recommend

NetBrain

In Cisco environments (especially IOS and IOS-XE) NetBrain looks nearly perfect. The network is loaded with heaps of information you would never document if you would have to do it manually. The information is there but you can decide what is visible at first glance and for what information you want to zoom in a bit more on the map for.There are still some problems with the automatic documentation and path discovery with virtual L2 firewalls.Although the implementation of the documentation of Cisco ACI is just in the beginning but, if finished, it's probably a great tool to have an end-to-end view of paths from the legacy network into SDN.
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

I could see this product being useful in most environments, but you could probably get by without it in small offices. For a medium to large business with dozens or hundreds of networking devices it's a must to have a product such as this. If something were to fail down the line or have issues, without something like this you may be fishing for the problem for a long time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

NetBrain

  • It automatically updates your network documentation.
  • You can search for devices even if they are no longer operational (by a lot of attributes).
  • It can simplify your troubleshooting by showing you the L2/L3 path a packet would take.
  • It can automate and document the steps of troubleshooting tasks to get more information from one level of support to the next.
  • The support team of NetBrain is very fast and very helpful.
  • Heaps of information in the maps.
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

  • 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.
Brett Organ | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

NetBrain

  • Not all devices are integrated with the same quality.
  • Not all steps are self-explaining.
  • The updates were difficult (but thanks to the help of support no real problem).
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

  • The UI can be a bit clunky -- but that's compared to the other products in the Orion suite. Most vendor tools are atrocious!
  • NTA data is a beast. Not running SQL 2016 with support for in-memory OLTP? You can't use the latest version (4.6)
  • If you are running an environment of any size, you will need separate instances of SQL *or* a hefty server to support a shared SQL instance
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetBrain

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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) 7.7
Based on 4 answers
If you have time to learn it and know what you're doing, it can work for you. I don't have the time or patience to spend a lot of work on it due to my many job roles.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetBrain

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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) 8.4
Based on 48 answers
Haven't had the need to open any trouble tickets with SolarWinds for NTA yet. We have been able to solve any of our issues that have arisen using the online resources from SolarWinds in their Customer Portal or on the THWACK user community. THWACK has a better following than any other product we currently use with lots of people more than willing to help with your questions.
Justin Benner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

NetBrain

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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) 8.2
Based on 1 answer
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.
Justin Benner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

NetBrain

We used NetViz and Microsoft Visio before.NetViz was a great tool at its time but it's not the best solution anymore and Microsoft Visio is good in a lot of things but more of a Swiss Army knife than a network documentation tool.We had a look at NetTerrain which looked like a good documentation tool and would have given us the advantage of importing our old NetViz documentation.The main disadvantage with all of these tools compared to NetBrain is that the documentation needs to be done manually.
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

For the needs of the company in which we monitor multiple departments, we have multiple branches and a centralized database to which we need permanent access, we have to look for a complex, robust and as an accurate option as possible for the administration of the bandwidth and this option ended up being SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer.
Carlos Alberto Pedron Espinett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NetBrain

  • Network automation is up to date.
  • Quicker failure discovery and resolving due to the path discovery.
  • Less time spent on documentation.
  • Much more details in the documentation.
Christoph Neulinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

  • SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer saved our company a lot of money by pointing out key issues and saving us from multiple outages.
  • SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer is capable of producing very powerful reports that our management receives on a monthly basis.
  • SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer is able to analyze class-based quality of service, which allows our company to keep the network healthy.
Andrew Yudin, MBA/CCNP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

NetBrain

General

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

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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