Pandora FMS vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Pandora FMS
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Pandora FMS is a flexible monitoring solution. It is presented as ideal for medium and big-sized environments with at least 100 devices. Users can monitor any device, infrastructure, application, IT as well as business processes and services. It allows business users to obtain information from their concerns in real time, visualizing the data in a direct way. The solution boasts users among companies and organizations in more than 40 countries around the world, who according to the…
$2,990
100 nodes
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
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
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
NMS Edition
$2,990
100 nodes
Enterprise Edition
$4,250
100 nodes
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Pandora FMSSolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredOptional
Additional DetailsLicensed for individual nodes (agents), starting from 100 nodes.
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Features
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Network Performance Monitoring
Comparison of Network Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Pandora FMS
8.4
2 Ratings
2% above category average
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
-
Ratings
Automated network device discovery8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Network monitoring9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Baseline threshold calculation8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Alerts10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Network capacity planning8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Packet capture analysis8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Network mapping8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable reports8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Wireless infrastructure monitoring8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Hardware health monitoring9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Pandora FMSSolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(2 ratings)
8.1
(61 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.1
(49 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Pandora FMSSolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
Likelihood to Recommend
Pandora FMS LLC
I believe Pandora FMS is a solution that adapts to any type of scenario; it's useful for small businesses as well as large organizations. It more than meets the need to have a comprehensive monitoring system capable of sending alerts instantly and consulting historical data, logs, and trends. Additionally, for small businesses, the free version will be more than sufficient in most cases. And for those who do not want to deploy the service on-premise, there is an option for MaaS (Monitoring as a Service).
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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
Pandora FMS LLC
  • All-in-one software
  • Flexible and easy configuration
  • Multi-platform
  • Design in PERL, CCS and HTML5
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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
Pandora FMS LLC
  • The interface is not intuitive due to the number of options it has and its organization.
  • It has a free version with limitations, and another paid version. The commercial one has a quite high cost.
  • It has a certain learning curve.
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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
Pandora FMS LLC
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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
Pandora FMS LLC
The support team answers very quickly. They are always willing to find a solution to any need that is required by us or one of our clients.
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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
Pandora FMS LLC
No answers on this topic
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
Pandora FMS LLC
We considered Pandora FMS to be the solution that offered more features at a lower cost. We were particularly interested in the abundance of options available in Pandora FMS's free version and the ability to monitor practically anything in an extremely heterogeneous environment like ours. We also considered Pandora FMS for its management capabilities and the possibilities offered by its web interface.
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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
Pandora FMS LLC
  • It is a tool with an appropriate cost that allows to have results in a very limited time.
  • Having a health dashboard and alerts of important business in the company is an important differential with any other monitoring solution on the market.
  • Monitoring can be adjusted to the business, considering service SLAs and adjusting the platform according to the needs of each department of the company.
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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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ScreenShots

Pandora FMS Screenshots

Screenshot of Operation viewScreenshot of DashboardScreenshot of SLA Report SampleScreenshot of Log visualizationScreenshot of SLA report viewScreenshot of Netflow usage