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Fraser Clark profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds Netflow to monitor network performance and traffic. The IT department controls the product and monitors the entire infrastructure with it. We primarily use it to monitor link usage and to keep an eye on bandwidth issues etc. It allows us to alert on when a link is being over utilised or we see any problems occuring.
  • 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.
SolarWinds is great for large environments where you need detailed information as to what is flowing through your network, so if you require a deep dive into your network traffic and estate I would definitely recommend it. In situations where there is the time to put into another but perhaps more complex to configure product I would recommend that.
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Score 10 out of 10
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This is the best network analyzing software available on the market for the price! The level of analyzing and user-friendly GUI are the best parts of this software.
  • 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.
We use this software to alert the incident management team of circuit cuts or node unavailability thereby engaging the NOC team asap. This is the best software to alert teams of network abnormalities. It is less appropriate for documentation since we cannot download the incidents or chart in a PDF format and create incident logs.
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Score 10 out of 10
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My business has a very defined focus and the critical infrastructure that is monitored by the SolarWinds suite. I utilize Netflow Traffic Analyzer to monitor performance of my environment and to spot anomalies within the traffic flows. The tool has pushed out phenomenal data for security analysis and overall troubleshooting. I like having NetFlow to complement the suite of tools I use to protect and defend my environment. I can't put a price on the tool; pretty much like having another FTE on the payroll, you just need to renew the maintenance! I guess that means that it is cheaper than another FTE, and it does not talk back!
  • 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!
Unbelievable tool to find those employees that just will not adhere to the rules put forth regarding the streaming of media; I am talking about those bandwidth hogs that treat your work network like their home! I have flows coming in from both mission-critical and non-mission critical locations to keep tabs on absolutely all traffic in my environment. I can't think of a scenario in my business line where it would not be appropriate to capture traffic flows for analysis.

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!
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September 18, 2019

Netflow Traffic Notes

Score 10 out of 10
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We used it in our Dept for Netflow traffic from our Cisco devices in our data centers since we are an enterprise-sized network. Gives us a view of what is going on in the network flow.
  • 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
I think it would work great in all networks. It's a great product, just needs a few tweaks to make better. If you have no product at all this would be great to see what is going on in the network as it gives you some idea of what you can do for improvements to your Infrastructure.
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Score 8 out of 10
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It is being used by IT to monitor and troubleshoot network traffic.
  • Monitors traffic for internal and external circuits
  • It just works
  • Very large install footprint depending on how much data is being captured
Monitors internet bound traffic very well where a large part of the round trip is being governed by an outside entity (ie. ISP).
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) across all our Cisco routers and switches on premise in our primary office location as well as our call center locations. It helps us monitor and track down any possible network issues such as congestion, packe tloss, speed issues, down equipment etc. It has been very valuable over the years in that regard.
  • 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
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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Score 10 out of 10
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We support and monitor 17+ medical offices and 4 administrative offices. We have multiple carriers that provide redundant WAN connectivity as well as dedicated internet and shared internet. We have a number of medical facilities that transfer large mission-critical radiology images across the WAN. It is imperative that we monitor and support these WAN connections to ensure we are meeting our SLA with the physicians and staff. NetFlow Traffic Analyzer helps us to drill down to the detail necessary to resolve any issues.
  • 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.
NTA helps us to find bandwidth hogs, as well as latency, that occurs in live-view. NTA also provides historic information on possible outages as well as latency with a timeline.
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Score 6 out of 10
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It's primarily used by myself, and occasionally I will provide network analysis to others on their request. It can provide data on how our current data links are used wherever it has been set up correctly.
  • 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
It should be deployed at network ingress/egress points where network traffic flow information is desired to be gathered — best used on routers. I don't typically use it on switches.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Even in the age of seemingly limitless bandwidth, someone will always ask "Who is using all bandwidth?!?" Whether it is the sys admins downloading a new ISO image or the folks in shipping streaming Netflix in 4K (again!), finding out where your bandwidth is being allocated is more than just looking at interface utilization.

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
Building visibility into your network environment is key. Have Juniper, Cisco, or Huawei NetStream devices? Need to support a variety of flow protocols? What about Netflow v5 and v9? Network team harassing you about NBAR2 because "We encrypt our traffic!" or "We use non-standard ports for our applications!!" (silly security engineers)? Then NTA is the product for you.

Honestly, if you need to pull back the curtain on network performance, putting NPM and NTA together is a beautiful and effective combination.
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September 18, 2019

NTA: Go with the Flow(s)

Score 6 out of 10
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With the size of our business growing rapidly, the need for in-depth traffic analysis (where required) has grown as well. We are still in the early stages of implementation but NTA looks to be a good asset when it comes to the investigation of any specific traffic in our network.
  • 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.
We are still in the early stages, but the goal is for NTA to be a tool in identifying suspicious traffic.
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August 30, 2019

Flow of your life.

Score 10 out of 10
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Network Traffic Analyzer has been a valuable tool for us in analyzing network traffic. It was easy to implement and customize to our needs. It provides insights from multiple vendors reporting flows through their nodes.
  • 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.
It's very useful for large networks, DataCenters, etc. It is a life saver when you need to know the flow for Servers and VMs.
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Score 6 out of 10
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We use Solarwinds for real time monitoring of network devices and servers at multiple locations. Solarwinds can be one of the best monitoring solutions around, though it is very modular so it can be pricey to get all the features.
  • Real time
  • Alerts
  • All-in-one solution
  • More Features
  • Price
  • Initial setup can be overwhelming
The ability to have config backups and use those backups for config checks. We have port-security on a set of switch ports and we can check every night that those ports still have it configured. As well when no security policies are put in place we can check all routers for the new config and make sure it is there. SolarWinds tends to be slow and unwieldy. Maintaining nodes to make sure that everything is monitored tends to be labor intensive. The UI needs a major overhaul.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We have regularly had issues over the past years, as our estate has grown, with network performance issues from unknown devices. Lack of overall monitoring, including being able to analyze these packets, has been missing. We have been unable to spot patterns in traffic and applications across our estate, and users have suffered as a result. We now use SolarWinds Network Traffic Analyzer across our entire estate and it has been a fantastic addition to compliment our Orion Suite.
  • 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.
The package is certainly suited for large environments who have a lot of traffic traversing during working hours and if you need to get a handle on this and identify bottlenecks and bandwidth hoggers. The dashboards and alerting, in particular, make this product worthwhile.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Used primarily by the network engineering team, backed up by the server and storage team, NTA is used to identify network (primarily WAN) bottlenecks and identify the largest users and what type of traffic they generate. We will often find one user streaming video hogging bandwidth, but we can also identify and monitor chatty back-end processes such as Exchange DAG replication.
  • 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.
Most useful for monitoring WAN links and identifying causes of contention. In our case, internal LAN links are never overloaded, so we don't need to use NTA for troubleshooting those links.
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Score 10 out of 10
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It is used by our small IT department. We use it to keep tabs on our networks across the country. It helps us identify bottlenecks at our branches with smaller pipes.
  • Identifies bottlenecks.
  • Helps identify the source and destination of the issues.
  • Helps keep track of usage.
  • Can be slow at times.
  • Not the most intuitive interface at first.
If you have a location complaining of slowness you can find the cause.
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Score 8 out of 10
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It is the application that we use to monitor the network traffic in the company, the possible collisions, falls and delays that may occur as well as we use it, in the same way, to define how the bandwidth consumption is being managed and thus be able to determine who wastes the internet service causing delays in the network. Likewise, it allows us to have specific statistics regarding the type of specific data that are most consumed in the network.
  • 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
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is recommended in projects or companies of medium to large scale, which has a specialized support staff and advanced knowledge. It is less recommended in small companies that do not require detailed monitoring of bandwidth consumption, in view of those needs. it is preferable to look for less specific options.
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Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) allows us to get an in-depth view into the traffic traversing our network in a central easy to navigate interface. By integrating into our existing SolarWinds Orion environment, we were able to use NTA very quickly without any extensive setup or configuration. NTA allows us to quickly identify how bandwidth is being used at our branch office locations to quickly resolve bandwidth oversaturation or security incidents.
  • 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.
NTA is a great solution for monitoring Netflow traffic and presenting it in an easily readable way. The seamless integration into a new or existing SolarWinds Orion instance is where the product really excels allowing you to have a single pane of glass for your entire network. Smaller companies may find NTA to be expensive and a bit of overkill for their needs.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) widely on the corporate network, and deploy at premise sites when we see a need to drill down on a network. This allows us to keep an eye on any bottlenecks, both in our corporate, data centers, and customer facility networks. It has served us well when we use it.
  • 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.
Deploying NTA on a large scale would be too bandwidth intensive for us, if we were to deploy it globally. However, it has its place in monitoring our corporate network for network congestion/bottlenecks, not to mention policy/security violations. We have used it a handful of times when we had problematic sites and it assisted us in the troubleshooting process.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Because of the physical locations we work from, bandwidth can be worth more than silver and gold. It is very important to be able to dig deep and see what is using the bandwidth and how. SolarWinds NTA allows us to do just that. I can categorize data, dig down to highest usage, top talkers, services etc.
  • 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.
The only thing to keep in mind when looking at SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is that you have the proper hardware to make full use of it. Other than that, it is one of my most important tools.
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February 18, 2016

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We use SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer to monitor the sites in our WAN. We are able to see how much bandwidth is being consumed, who is using the most, and where the traffic is going to or coming from.
  • 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.
I find the SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer would be well suited for businesses small and large. It might not be appropriate for businesses with very few employees that do little networking.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We are using NTA for network and bandwidth monitoring at our main NOC and at our 10 other campus sites.
  • Bandwidth usage
  • Bandwidth monitoring
  • Core connection info and monitoring.
  • Broader support for non-Cisco wireless equipment like Aruba.
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is definitely well suited for network monitoring and traffic analyzing.
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SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Automated network device discovery (15)
7.9
Network monitoring (20)
8.4
Baseline threshold calculation (17)
8.4
Alerts (17)
8.8
Network capacity planning (18)
8.5
Packet capture analysis (11)
8.9
Network mapping (12)
8.6
Customizable reports (17)
8.3
Wireless infrastructure monitoring (11)
8.5
Hardware health monitoring (12)
8.7

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.


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