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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

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Attribute Ratings

  • SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.3

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

83%
12 Ratings
8.1

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

81%
61 Ratings

Usability

8.2

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

82%
1 Rating
8.0

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

80%
10 Ratings

Support Rating

8.2

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

82%
1 Rating
8.0

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

80%
69 Ratings

Online Training

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

82%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

82%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds

I have found the toolset especially useful for scanning subnets to discover devices, and for setting up temporary real-time monitors when we are troubleshooting or setting up new connections. The most useful aspect has been the ability to apply the tools to help troubleshoot and pinpoint intermittent issues. More general tools like Orion often do not have the granularity to detect issues like intermittent packet loss which are especially impactful to applications like Voice. The toolset gives us another level of capability to dig into issues.
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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

SolarWinds

  • Various monitoring
  • Stores history
  • Suggests indices
  • Helps to find the SQL query text
  • Helps to see what machines/users the bad queries are coming from
  • Shows current blocking session
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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

SolarWinds

  • Its one of the more expensive solutions
  • Quite difficult to understand as a beginner
  • Name has been tarnished due to the password leak
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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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Pricing Details

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

Starting Price

$1,585 Per Instance

Editions & Modules

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
One Time Price15851

Footnotes

  1. Per Instance

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Usability

    SolarWinds

    Very easy to use and intuitive. Just be careful with the WAN Killer...it does what it says.
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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

    SolarWinds

    Our organization uses it regularly. It is reliable, and we keep finding new uses for it
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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

    SolarWinds

    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

    SolarWinds

    I haven't compared any tools similar to SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset. This might be because I'm pretty biased when it comes to monitoring, and reporting solutions. I've found that SolarWinds provides the biggest bang for the buck in my opinion. I'm sure there are other solutions on the market that compete, but I haven't tried any of them because I've been very satisfied with SolarWinds.
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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

    SolarWinds

    • Spend less time downloading free buggy tools
    • All the tools in one spot, so you don't have to look around for tools
    • Get to the solution sooner
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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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