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Score 8.6 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

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.
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SolarWinds NPM

In an on-air environment that broadcast live television, the real-time monitoring is a little slow and there have been some possible delays in reporting or alerting network outages or connectivity loss. It is not a show stopper but the real-time analytics could use some improvement. Monitoring network traffic across a large facility that has both layer 2 and layer 3 switches, the toolset fits perfectly and the ease of setup and the single dashboard is more adaptable than other products which require multiple different licenses and separate dashboards.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.8
SolarWinds NPM
8.4
Automated network device discovery
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.3
SolarWinds NPM
8.7
Network monitoring
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.6
SolarWinds NPM
9.3
Baseline threshold calculation
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.7
SolarWinds NPM
8.4
Alerts
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
9.0
SolarWinds NPM
9.1
Network capacity planning
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.7
SolarWinds NPM
7.8
Packet capture analysis
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
9.0
SolarWinds NPM
7.3
Network mapping
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.8
SolarWinds NPM
8.1
Customizable reports
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.6
SolarWinds NPM
8.3
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.8
SolarWinds NPM
7.7
Hardware health monitoring
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
9.1
SolarWinds NPM
8.9

Pros

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

  • The details of the traffic are especially good if it shows statistics in real time. It is very important to analyze it at the same time
  • It lets you know who is watching within the network so it is ideal for a thorough monitoring of resources
  • It has an intuitive interface of easy operation that allows the operation of the same without problems
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SolarWinds NPM

  • Generally speaking, NPM does alerting very well. It has a lot of flexibility in how to build and deliver the alerts.
  • Being able to do HTTP POST on alerts helps integrate it with modern tools like Slack and OpsGenie, even if it's not a baked-in integration.
  • The ability to get all relevant device data from one page (and a couple of tabs) is nice, and there is customization available within that view.
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Cons

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

  • 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
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SolarWinds NPM

  • Wireless heat maps are pretty hard to deploy, we managed to make one of them work but it's not an easy task.
  • Filtering on syslog server could be improved, maybe adding command line capability to it.
  • It would be nice to make it easier to execute custom scripts from Alerts action pane.
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Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 10.0
Based on 14 answers
Low maintenance cost and great support on problems and issues. SolarWinds has been used here for over 10 years and we are able to have minimal down time and has been solid on monitoring and alerting on our network setup. They are constantly adding new and improving the product and making it better to use all around.
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Usability

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer 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.
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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 8.0
Based on 9 answers
It's easy to use at first. But, when you would either like to go technical OR trying to add a custom monitor the ease of use goes out the door and requires a lot of time to learn its SDK / Back-end tools.Way too much emphasis on user to user support via their Thwack site. Skimping on support cost much? It's slightly disheartening to get better support from other customers then from the "success center" or calling support. Really hurts the ease of use for the product, because its fine until things don't work out of the box, then it gets frustratingly difficult.
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Support

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer 8.6
Based on 16 answers
We do not regularly leverage support for SolarWinds, however, when we have, we've pretty much gotten what we needed in a reasonable amount of time. In addition to the support from the vendor, there is a robust online and in-person community that we can leverage when we need to do something that we don't readily understand.
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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM 9.5
Based on 15 answers
In all of the times that we called support, someone at SolarWinds had the answer for us in a timely manner. Through thwack and other internet searching, we have been able to resolve all of our issues that arose to our satisfaction. The support staff have always been knowledgeable of their products or had a fellow support staff member to rely on to get the needed answers.
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Alternatives Considered

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

We have tried to test other tools and the results have been very poor, our infrastructure is based on Cisco and the adaptability is formidable, it is not necessary to install accessories as in other tools and this makes a difference. We have tested other solutions but fail to surpass Netflow for the results that are required.
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SolarWinds NPM

Having been a user of Nagios XI for many years, we needed more visibility. Nagios is great if you have the time to develop it and write your own scripts. SolarWinds NPM has just about every metric check possible working out of the box, with no development time required, this made switching to NPM from Nagios the obvious solution.
We have also used PRTG and find its dashboard screens messy and not very clear. SolarWinds NPM screens are clutter free and because of customization, you can have exactly what you want to see.
Finally, having also used Site24x7, we found their equivalent product to be severely lacking in features, especially for an enterprise company. It lacked so much functionality compared to NPM that there wasn't even a conversation to be had when comparing the two.
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Return on Investment

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

  • SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer has saved me more than once in my career. I am so pleased to be able to drill down into the details of the traffic flows. Bad actors in the network tend to stand out in the traffic capture graphs.
  • SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer has allowed my team to plan for the future; you get a great view of how much data you push in an hour, a day, a week, or a month. We have a very focused service to the community that needs to be up all the time and perform without issue. I have leveraged many SolarWinds products to get the network and resources fine-tuned to meet the needs of this wonderful environment.
  • The overall business has improved due to the implementation and management of great monitoring and reporting tools such as SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer. Each year the IT team makes adjustments and improvements to the environment. We use to have to react; we are much more proactive now and know when there is a problem in the environment before the end-users.
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SolarWinds NPM

  • NPM has had a positive impact on the Network Health.
  • NPM has provided additional visibility into the network traffic.
  • Remote monitoring has cut down on our cost to maintain the devices by identifying the root cause of issues before deploying technicians to the sites.
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Pricing Details

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

General

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

SolarWinds NPM

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.8
SolarWinds NPM
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
SolarWinds NPM
10.0

Usability

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
7.7
SolarWinds NPM
8.0

Reliability and Availability

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
SolarWinds NPM
8.2

Performance

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
SolarWinds NPM
5.5

Support

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.6
SolarWinds NPM
9.5

Online Training

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
SolarWinds NPM
6.4

Implementation

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
SolarWinds NPM
7.3

Scalability

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
SolarWinds NPM
7.3

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