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SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

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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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ThousandEyes

ThousandEyes works well for BGP monitoring (e.g. watching for hijacks, monitoring external reachability, etc.). If you are already using a tool to perform these functions like BGPmon, going with ThousandEyes can absorb a lot of those features and save on OpEx compared to running two different tools. ThousandEyes also does a great job with reports. A great example of this is tracking availability/uptime. You can build reports including information like "what percentage of time was I not down" and put together reports about how many nines you had last month and pat yourself on the back. If you didn't have a great month, it's possible to isolate incidents that may have led to that reduced uptime, and help yourself find leverage for upgrades or enhancement. As with any tool, ThousandEyes is not going to be a good fit for your organization if only one or two individuals are ever going to use it. At its core, it really shines as a collaborative troubleshooting tool; if you're the only one troubleshooting through ThousandEyes and other people or departments are using other tools, its usefulness starts to fade a bit.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.8
ThousandEyes
8.2
Automated network device discovery
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.3
ThousandEyes
Network monitoring
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.6
ThousandEyes
7.9
Baseline threshold calculation
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.7
ThousandEyes
9.1
Alerts
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
9.0
ThousandEyes
8.9
Network capacity planning
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.7
ThousandEyes
7.3
Packet capture analysis
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
9.0
ThousandEyes
Network mapping
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.8
ThousandEyes
9.0
Customizable reports
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.6
ThousandEyes
8.9
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.8
ThousandEyes
6.1
Hardware health monitoring
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
9.1
ThousandEyes

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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ThousandEyes

  • Agent to Agent testing. Full round trip test. Have a customer using a Server Side API that is having an issue. Loan a Nuc, or have them install the ThousandEyes agent in their network. You'll find the issue guaranteed.
  • Device Layer vision - ability to see from the server, through the Firewall, switches Proxy and internet. Measure jitter, latency, response time, load time and see the path your packet takes.
  • Share your tests live. Provide the customer a link to a live test, they can see what you do, review your metrics and verify your tests. They can also use it as a tool to better their service. Build the trust and stickiness with your customers' most difficult users - the IT Operations team.
  • Validate your QOS and routes for VOIP, video conferences, and data traffic. Highly flexible and configurable complete with transaction-based testing, custom headers, calls and tools to mimic any scenario you need.
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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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ThousandEyes

  • The EndPoint agent (client installed on the user's PC) has very limited functionality, mostly only to monitor web (HTTP/HTTPS) transactions.
  • Synthetic monitoring only emulates connections to the respective server or other ThousandEyes agents. It does NOT emulate actual end-user transactions.
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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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ThousandEyes

No score
No answers yet
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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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ThousandEyes

ThousandEyes 10.0
Based on 1 answer
You have online support from the tool itself 24/7 and they are very responsive. We also have a specific account manager and specific engineer assigned to help us with very specific questions for our environment. The level of response to our requirements is always super high. We have requested specific features to be added and these have been developed and introduced very quick tot he product (within weeks). Their DevOps and agile approach seems to pay off.
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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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ThousandEyes

ThousandEyes stands out from its competition on the below points:1) Their endpoint stability and robustness are better than other tools, which ensures that we detect even minor disruption in our services.2) Reporting & Alerting in ThousandEyes is far better than its competitors. 3) ThousandEyes' gui is web-based, with an easy to use design.4) It can integrate well with other interfaces, hence making it adjustable to your current setup.
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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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ThousandEyes

  • We use the product to monitor our servers/hardware and added an APM tool to measure application specific performance. Between the two products we were able to save money over a previous solution.
  • ThousandEyes has a fast and efficient sales force and it is easy to get started with the product. You get to ROI faster with the tool because there is less overhead up front and the company is easy to contract with.
  • We are able to get real time hardware data on our environment that we can TRUST! Overall this product has already paid for itself.
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SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

Pricing Details

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer

General

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

ThousandEyes

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.8
ThousandEyes
9.4

Usability

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
7.7
ThousandEyes

Support

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
8.6
ThousandEyes
10.0

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