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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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

Zabbix is probably the best classical monitoring software out there that is also FOSS. It is superior to Nagios and other similar software from implementation to utilization, and equal in capabilities. It is equally capable to SolarWinds (and competitors), and more expandable (thanks to the support of user-generated XML templates), but at the cost of time, knowledge, and effort. It serves a different market than pure cloud monitoring solutions, though they do overlap heavily, so it probably is not as well suited to cloud-only monitoring (though it can be set up to work effectively in this role as well). However, given the flexibility of on-prem monitoring as well, it can be an option in conjunction with, or in place of the cloud-only monitoring if that is a need.Overall, I would put Zabbix on par with SolarWinds and the main differentiator is where are the costs going to be paid - in end-user training and support of Zabbix or in the commercial, ease of use provided by SolarWinds (and competitors).
Thomas Higgins | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Carlos Alberto Pedron Espinett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

  • Zabbix is able to provide us a single pane of glass for monitoring. It can handle Systems, Database, Network and application level alerts and send those alerts to the appropriate parties.
  • Zabbix graphs all metrics that come in. This means it's easy to spot trends and create alerts based on when those trends cross user-defined thresholds.
  • Zabbix allows for the escalation of issues. If someone sleeps through an alert in the middle of the night, it can easily be escalated to the next tier.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

  • The first time that you use Zabbix, it may not be immediately obvious where everything is or how to find exactly what you want, but I think that it's UI is constantly improving with each new release. Training is also a great resource to resolve these types of problems.
  • While Zabbix allows in-depth customization of alerts to various applications (such as Slack, HipChat, Mattermost, or even SMS, etc.), I would love to see these options as built-in upon installation.
  • I have personally never found the "Maps" feature of Zabbix incredibly useful as I find it complicated to configure, but I should probably investigate its documentation further.
Eric O'Callaghan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

No score
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Zabbix

Zabbix 10.0
Based on 2 answers
It is free. It didn't cost anything to implement (other than my time and the cost incurred for it) and it is filling a badly needed gap in our IT infrastructure. Support is available if we have issues and can be done annually or paid for on a per incident basis as needed. Expansion, updates, and all other future lifecycle activities are likewise free of cost, so as long as someone is able to implement/maintain the software (and the OSS project is maintained) then I imagine the company will never leave it.
Thomas Higgins | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

No score
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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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

Zabbix 5.5
Based on 4 answers
The setup is the most time-consuming portion of using zabbix. It takes a lot of effort to shape it into a usable format and even then it can get very messy. It's not exactly intuitive and as mentioned the UI seems a bit antiquated. If I was to roll out a monitoring solution from scratch, I'd probably look for alternatives which are easier to use and maintain.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

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Zabbix

Zabbix 6.0
Based on 1 answer
We are a mainly Windows environment, so it would be useful if we could have used Active Directory to deploy agents. As of version 4.2, Zabbix has announced a new agent MSI file to allow exactly that. Unfortunately, we didn't have that option.Also, for Linux and MAC deployments, there is no simple way to deploy that. Using remote scripts you may be able to create something, but most places will opt for either SNMP (agentless) or manual installation of agents to add to Zabbix. A way of deploying agents via discovery would go a long way to helping in the adoption of the tool.
Thomas Higgins | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Carlos Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

Zabbix had the best support for the devices I initially had in my network, its ability to adapt and change has made it my Swiss Army knife of monitoring tools. While it could benefit greatly from a moderated zabbix community, its support from the open source community has filled the whole rather well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Jennifer Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zabbix

  • By integrating Zabbix with Rundeck, we have been able to auto-resolve issues in our infrastructure which means lesser on-call alerts.
  • Zabbix and PagerDuty let us response to business critical issues instantly.
  • Zabbix dashboards and screens let us get an insight into the status of our infrastructure visually.
Deepshikha Gandhi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

General

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

Zabbix

General

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

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