Reviews (1-21 of 21)
- Easy to configure and roll out.
- Great history available, I can see detailed history on a link which helps with troubleshooting.
- Graphs available are great, excellent for management.
- SolarWinds as a whole is extremely resource hungry.
- General user interface issues, some things are not intuitive.
- Price is fairly high.
- This software helps us analyze bandwidth spikes in detail which helps us capacity plan for site moves or expansions.
- This software helps us monitor user activity.
- This software helps us monitor application traffic to a granular level by setting up pie charts and bar charts.
- We use this software to alert the incident management team of circuit cuts or node unavailability thereby engaging the NOC team asap.
- NTA could use a good PDF download feature. Right now, we cannot download pie charts in PDF format.
- It is very easy to set up the endpoints for Netflow; SolarWinds can take flow data from any configurable network device. I use a sFlow configuration on Brocade and NetFlow configuration on Cisco; both sources dump and report just fine into SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer.
- I absolutely love the traffic analytics that are produced; the graphs are very important when talking to management, as pictures seem to tell a thousand words.
- SolarWinds Netflow does a great job collecting and reporting about my what network bandwidth is being used for and by whom. I had no idea that I moved as much data around until I started gathering Netflow data.
- Once you have a baseline picture of data and data movers, you can start picking up on antimonies in your live environment. Applications causing congestion are generally the culprits.
- I am having a difficult time coming up with any specific recommendations to make SolarWinds Netflow better. I love the fact that the community of users from SolarWinds drives product development. I am a member of the Solarwinds THWACK community and have found so many useful resources and templates. The users drive the success of the product… what a concept!
At this point in time, almost all the anomalies I have detected have been humans utilizing the network for personal use. I have used Solarwinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer and SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer together to get a very pesky custom application re-configured due to poor performance and disruptions on the network. Wonderful tools to monitor technology and applications can only contribute to your success as an IT pro!
- End-user application
- The protocols that are using too much bandwidth
- Traffic reports
- Good layer 3 network views
- Well, one thing that needs to be offered should be layer 2 capabilities such as VLANs, etc.
- Pricing can be a little better for licensing
- Should make it a stand-alone, no modules installation
- Intuitive GUI
- Easy to add equipment to the product
- Ability to assign where equipment is actually located on a map
- Sometimes the GUI gets very slow and the server needs restarted
- Notifications are sometimes a little lagged for unknown reasons
- Ability to customize the GUI more would be nice
- It provides visual alerts that indicate a possible problem, or high latency.
- It allows us to drill down to see one-on-one conversations.
- NTA provides granular details on bandwidth consumption and latency.
- I have no negatives to address at this point.
- It can provide details on a particular link in terms of network utilization and traffic flow.
- SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer can be difficult to set up and requires correct settings on router interfaces at egress points.
- It works with most Cisco devices, but I have had difficulty setting it up on other vendor's equipment, e.g., Fortinet
Primarily used by our network management team, NTA gave valuable insights into the profile of our data. We would often use the tool to help isolate traffic patterns between our data centers and critical facilities. Even when "just" watching our primary interface performance, we often found actionable intel that empowered business decisions.
- Visibility into the profile of your network traffic, not just the volume of traffic.
- Supports sFlow, jFlow, Netflow support
- IPV6 support
- Leverage Palo Alto visibility in NTA
- 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
Honestly, if you need to pull back the curtain on network performance, putting NPM and NTA together is a beautiful and effective combination.
- Autodiscovery of endpoints makes adding sources a breeze.
- Integrates well with existing Solarwinds products.
- Good looking graphs and reporting that are easy to read and access.
- Cost is extremely high when trying to integrate with an unlimited license.
- A few bugs with autodiscovery can be a nuisance.
- Flow information. It knows where your devices' traffic is.
- Create reports.
- Manage devices with an easy way to see the flow.
- They need to improve how to handle Layer 2 flow.
- There are user interface issues.
- Reporting and alerting have been key and we have been able to setup trigger conditions linked to Network Traffic Analyzer to tell us when we're having an issue.
- We frequently had users hogging bandwidth and we had no way of seeing who was doing it. After only 24 hours of Network Traffic Analyzer being deployed into our environment, we had found 13 devices controlled by users that were causing problems.
- We have used NetPath to analyze our traffic and the results have allowed us to make a multitude of changes across the network to provide a more sound network base.
- A large amount of storage is required.
- Unless you're familiar with SolarWinds products, there is a considerable learning curve with the deployment of the tool. An understanding of networks is key.
- Needs its own server.
- Graphical display of bandwidth usage over time, and split out by largest users.
- Ability to create custom alerts based on network traffic patterns.
- Ability to quickly identify the largest user(s) on a link.
- It seems to have trouble reverse-resolving internal devices, despite being run on a domain-member server. We often get IP addresses for node identifiers where we would like to see the server or workstation name.
- 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
- Shows only the information of monitored nodes, if there is any node that presents some suspicious activity but is not being monitored it is ignored
- The licensing of the complements by SolarWinds is done separately so the final result ends up being really expensive for the end user
- Although the use is very intuitive the configuration is not so and until you have done it in a repetitive way it is a slow and cumbersome process
- Easy to use and customizable interface.
- Intuitive conversational search.
- Integrates well with other SolarWinds products in the Orion suite.
- Using it without having at least SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) can be a pain.
- There is an initial learning curve to be able to fully use the product.
- The product is very resource intensive in larger environments.
- One you get used to the UI, endpoints are easy to locate and understand.
- Integration with other SolarWinds products.
- Graphs and reports are easily obtainable.
- It's not aesthetically pleasing at all.
- They really should consider rebuilding the UI. It takes a good while to learn the ins and outs.
- Quick reports to show management how the system is being used.
- Fantastic dashboard for an easy look at how things are at any given moment.
- Powerful drill downs to locate problem areas.
- Although not their responsibility, further documentation on implementing with various vendors to make configuration easier.
- Easily spot when nodes are down.
- Helps you qos traffic to priority sites.
- Show you how much bandwidth sites and apps are using.
- Building custom reports isn't that easy.
- Database maintenance doesn't always run and will fill the database.
- Real time traffic reports aren't always available.
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer Scorecard Summary
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About SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer is a network monitoring tool. Netflow specifically targets the traffic between applications, systems, etc., as part of the larger SolarWinds monitoring and management suite. It is scaled for medium to large businesses.
Netflow’s core features include bandwidth monitoring, application traffic monitoring, network traffic analysis, malicious traffic identification, performance analysis, and error root cause identification. The product also offers customizable traffic reports and alerts, including measuring the effectiveness of traffic prioritization policies. It is designed to integrate with other SolarWinds monitoring and management products.
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer Technical Details