SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

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NTA: Go with the Flow(s)

7 out of 10
November 22, 2021
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 …
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What is SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)?

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer is a network monitoring tool within the broader SolarWinds ecosystem. It includes core traffic monitoring features, as well as customizable traffic reports and alerts.

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What is SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)?

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) allows the multi-vendor monitoring of network traffic flow records, the discovery of traffic patterns, and avoidance of bandwidth hogs. As an add-on to SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), NTA helps optimize spend on bandwidth by better understanding the who and what of bandwidth consumption boosting your network traffic analysis capabilities. Trace and monitor bandwidth usage of application or protocol patterns over months, days, or minutes by drilling down into any network element supporting a variety of network traffic flow standards (NetFlow, sFlow, J-Flow, IPFIX, and NetStream). Gain real-time deep Network Insights for Cisco, F5, and Palo Alto to identify critical issues quickly all in one easy to use interface.

NTA’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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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) Features

  • Supported: Tightly integrates with SolarWinds NPM providing valuable insights into network bandwidth consumption.
  • Supported: Monitor bandwidth use by application, protocol, and IP address group. Collects and analyzes flow data from multiple vendors, including NetFlow v5 and v9, Juniper® J-Flow™, sFlow®, Huawei® NetStream™, and IPFIX.
  • Supported: Application traffic alerting, alerts you if an application traffic suddenly increases, decreases, or disappears completely.
  • Supported: Analyze network traffic patterns over months, days, or minutes by drilling down into any network element.
  • Supported: PerfStack™ cross-stack network data correlation. Accelerate identification of root cause by dragging-and-dropping network performance metrics on a common timeline for immediate visual correlation across all your network data and NetFlow analytics.
  • Supported: Advanced application recognition allows you to identify which applications and categories consume the most bandwidth for better network traffic visibility with NBAR2 support.
  • Supported: Customizable network traffic reports at your finger tips. Create, schedule, and deliver in-depth network traffic analysis and bandwidth reports with just a few clicks.
  • Supported: Monitor Wireless LAN Controller traffic to keep tabs on applications and clients utilizing bandwidth on your wireless network.
  • Supported: Cisco Meraki wireless traffic monitoring.
  • Supported: CBQoS policy optimization measures the effectiveness of pre- and post-policy traffic levels per class map to determine if QoS policies are working as planned.
  • Supported: Malicious or malformed traffic flow identification with port 0 monitoring.
  • Supported: Network Insight™ for Palo Alto Networks® includes collection of flow from Palo Alto firewalls to show flow through nodes and interfaces

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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) Integrations

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  • SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
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What is SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)?

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer is a network monitoring tool within the broader SolarWinds ecosystem. It includes core traffic monitoring features, as well as customizable traffic reports and alerts.

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The most common users of SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Score 8 out of 10
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We use this tool to analyze network traffic flow. This tool provides visibility into application traffic and allows us to see it in real-time and historically to provide real insight into what is actually occurring if we are experiencing difficulties with our applications. The tool can analyze many different network protocols as/vendors. It is good at tracking SNMP, packet data, etc.
  • Providing insight into flow based technology
  • Provides insight into problems with packet based technology
  • Can really help with an abnormal data flow mapping
  • Wirks well with other Orion products
  • Cloud monitoring is lacking
  • Better reporting and filtering capabilities
  • Stronger integrations with other 3rd party products
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer flow alerts to monitor all traffic on the network and we have numerous alerts set up to detect high traffic utilization. The alerts are easy to set up and customized to alert different groups to different concerning situations, like high traffic, jitter, and packet loss on our VoIP network. This was especially helpful when we were asked to roll out web conferencing tools to all employees. The tool is helpful for both virtualized and physical server environments.
Support is easy to contact and very knowledgeable about their products. Never had an issue reaching them, even when they had their own breach. Working with them over the phone or online seems to work identically. We have never talked with a representative who was not knowledgeable about the product or had a difficult time understanding what our problem was during the call.
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) has been an integral and important part of our IT environment for over a decade now. Our organization has utilized the NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) tool for monitoring and overseeing the enterprise-wide network and system data flow. NTA has become the primary tool for our administrators and engineers to review the processes, patterns, and traffic performance throughout the network.
  • Tracks network traffic
  • Monitors network performance
  • Records network processes
  • Graphic conflicts with certain browsers
  • Compatibility issues with particular applications
  • NTA SQL database server OS suitability a must.
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is well suited and applicable for our organization in the area of troubleshooting networking issues. NTA is a very helpful resource in providing keen insights for our network engineers and system administrators whenever network latency, transmission lags, and delays in data communication and traffic flow create poor performance within our IT environment.
On a scale of 1-10, the rating we would give for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) would be a 9 out of 10. The rating is based on our Organization's regular use, total dependency, and continual support for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) and SolarWinds products during the past decade.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) to monitor all of our Internet and MPLS circuits for our data centers and branch offices located in the U.S. and overseas. The SolarWinds NetFlow traffic monitoring has been set up on all kinds of devices, including routers, switches, and firewalls.
  • Summary view of the real time traffic status of the whole network
  • Top lists of all network traffic categories
  • Clickable links to dive into interesting devices for more details
  • It would be nice to have an example showing the typical use for each feature
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) can be used to monitor an enterprise network containing all kinds of connections, such as Internet and MPLS VPN. NTA is very helpful to troubleshoot a network issue because it can correlate events for different sites, circuits, and devices. It is still useful for a very small and simple network; however, the benefit may not be as much.
It went well with our very limited number of support cases with SolarWinds.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer to monitor our many office locations across the world. This allows us to monitor bandwidth, network load, and traffic flow to various services. This tool also allows us to monitor and tune backup replication across sites as well so we can optimize performance and not get behind on replication.
  • Performance Analysis for services
  • Customizable reports and dashboards
  • Bandwidth alerting and monitoring
  • Cross compatibility with other applications.
  • Better cloud monitoring
  • Action automation
I would suggest this tool to any user that has to monitor multiple sites and locations where bandwidth monitoring can be a labor. This software works really well for central monitoring of multiple sites and services where having a technician onsite isn't feasible. I really like the reporting, though, and would recommend this for someone wanting to keep an eye on bandwidth usage for replication of data across sites.
I know we could probably pay for it, but it would be nice if we could get to a tier 2 technician faster. Spending a couple of hours on the phone with the level 1 technician, when we have already tried the troubleshooting they are walking us through, is just a waste of time.
Score 6 out of 10
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It allows us to view our entire network with in-depth information on how much bandwidth each user is using and also provides information on bandwidth sucking sites and devices in my network.
  • Bandwidth utilization
  • Identification of rogue users
  • Identification of rogue websites
  • Reporting turnaround time
  • More granular filtering
  • Needs more ability to collaborate with multiple sources
It's great for monitoring and analyzing network traffic in real-time. It allows you to sniff out rogue users who hog the bandwidth and be alerted when there is a network traffic anomaly.
It works great with its features, but can be more refined and allow for more collaboration. If it works with a wider group of traffic and packet types, it would be rated even higher.
Score 7 out of 10
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We use it to monitor what applications are flowing across our router and firewall interfaces and to track traffic volumes.
  • Good graphics
  • Easy to implement
  • Easy for non-technical staff to view
  • NTA has a requirement that it run on the same server [as] Orion. This prevents us from scaling horizontally and to not have all SolarWinds services running on the same server.
  • Interface utilization information is difficult to determine
NTA is used to monitor critical transit points in our network to see application mix.
Support is excellent
Score 3 out of 10
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We initially bought it for Netflow data from our firewall and some internal systems. Currently, we don't use it as we have migrated to Palo Alto Firewalls, which provide much better data and have rendered [SolarWinds] NTA mostly obsolete in our environment. On occasion, we'll use [SolarWinds] NTA to monitor internal traffic to a system, but it's rare.
  • Displaying traffic usage data
  • Internet bandwidth utilization reports
  • Better integration with Palo Alto
  • Better UI for displaying data
[SolarWinds] NTA works if you don't have any other tools, but other tools provide better visibility and are easier to read.
[In my opinion,] SolarWinds support is terrible. [In my experience,] it takes them 48-72 hours to respond, and most [of] the time they send you a link to a web article that may or may not resolve your issue.
Score 8 out of 10
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It gives a great quick view of all the links used by just putting in an IP address, if you are collecting flow data on all your network links.
  • Quick search of an IP to show over time traffic
  • Great classification of protocols and showing host traffic
  • Ability to create alerts off of flow data
  • Slowness during search
  • Alerting mechanism could have been simplified
  • Bandwidth reported on Y axis isn't always correct since we are only showing 95th percentile of packets
Has been helpful when troubleshooting complex packet flow issues to figure out spikes in traffic, whether a packet made it through specific links, or to see what kind of protocols make up our traffic on different links.
All issues have been resolved in a timely manner; however, for a few support cases, we have had to do a lot of self learning and research ourselves to fix issues.
Score 10 out of 10
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Our company uses SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) to monitor our network and to provide historical data for all our VLANs and Internet connections. Whenever we have some kind of abnormal network traffic, such as a bandwidth hog, we can easily find the culprit through the easy-to-use GUI. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is a super helpful tool that should be in every network admin's toolbox.
  • Monitoring data on the network
  • Finding bandwidth hogs
  • Drawing easy-to-read graphs
  • NetFlow support for Cisco Firepower Next-Gen Firewall
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is well suited for any network admin who needs to visualize all the traffic on the network and it allows them to search for historical data. While SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is a super powerful tool for most network admins, it may be less suited for beginners or for customers who do not have enterprise-level switches that may or may not support NetFlow.
Support is amazing at SolarWinds. In the past I have spent hours on the phone with them and they always made sure my issue was resolved to my satisfaction.
Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is used by our Network and Security Team to detect, diagnose and resolve network issues. We use NTA to monitor sFlow Traffic to monitor real-time network utilization, analyze performance and traffic patterns, endpoints, and receivers. NTA also provides visibility to what applications are being used and sending traffic. Provides stats based on traffic received on certain ports. The server team also uses NTA to monitor East-West traffic in our VM environment (hypervisors).
  • Bandwidth Monitoring and finding bandwidth requirements.
  • Analyze performance and traffic patterns.
  • Provides insight into source/destination IP and port of n/w traffic flow.
  • Better Reporting Features and OOB reports for measuring bandwidth utilized.
SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) provides our network/Security team insights into source/destination IP and port of n/w traffic flow. This is needed for troubleshooting network performance and communication. Helps analyze network patterns over a period of time. Reduce network outages, improve MTTR, and provide meaningful reports for bandwidth capacity planning.
It is useful for our Infrastructure team and also provides valuable insights to our application team regarding the traffic being sent from various endpoints. They can monitor their applications and ensure there are no network issues that may impact their application.
November 22, 2021

NTA: Go with the Flow(s)

Score 7 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.
Solarwinds support has always been easy to reach when required.
Score 7 out of 10
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The core use of NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is to determine how our company's bandwidth is being used and by whom. It provides a real time visual that collects, analyzes and reports the bandwidth usages.
  • collection of traffic data
  • the analyzes
  • reporting
  • graphs and charts need work on navigation
  • port monitoring design
  • needs more troubleshooting methods embedded
Our biggest use is to monitor the company internet links to determine who and how the lines are being utilized. Has been used to determine if something has possibly compromised our environment.
I can't really answer this question since I've never needed to call support. NTA is simple to setup and use as long as you have a good understanding of netflow and how to setup connections on multi platforms.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 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.
SolarWinds support is surprisingly good, I've never had an issue with any of the people I've talked to in support. They always respond quickly and usually with a resolution. The upgrade paths can be quite complex but this has recently been improved, it used to be support would always have to be involved during upgrades but not anymore.
Score 9 out of 10
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Monitoring network traffic and flows, monitoring bandwidth to determine offenders/abusers of the network or to find the source of a problem.
  • Performance baseline for network traffic analysis
  • GUI is interactive allowing drag and drop metrics on the dashboard
  • Alerting via email of sudden bandwidth/traffic
  • Graphs and mapping could use some improvement
  • Application monitoring is not always helpful
While there are free alternatives for smaller networks, if you have a medium to larger scale network this is worth the cost for the reporting, monitoring, alerting, and helping you find problems before the phone calls start coming in.
I gave it a 10 - while I think it could use some small improvements, overall this is a very efficient product and the company provides good support when needed.
Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is being used to monitor bandwidth usage. We have many network ethernet connections that require monitoring to make sure applications flow smoothly throughout the network. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) helps us be proactive on issues like network latency and overload. The reporting feature comes in handy for a quick status of the network.
  • Bandwidth monitoring
  • Application alerting
  • Performance analysis dashboard
  • Needing support for layer 3 Netwflow traffic
  • Dashboard could be simplified further
  • Application monitoring could be more detailed
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is well suited for troubleshooting network latency. Problem areas are easily identified via dashboard or automated alerting. You are able to see the specific utilization of certain applications, which can make it easier to determine if the issue lies in the application itself or the server sourcing the application.

NTA is not suited for packet capture analysis.
Support is good but could use improvement with regard to response times.
April 07, 2021

Know your Flow

Sneha Puri | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use the SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) heavily to analyze traffic flows for different use cases. We have flows from all our devices, including private WAN, sending data to the SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) module. It is being used by IT to understand what applications are using our bandwidth and the type of traffic on our links. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) has helped multiple times to narrow down high-usage applications that cause high utilization on our links.
It also works well with IPAM and UDT to understand who that IP belongs to.
  • Flow information
  • Connectivity for Flow traffic for differenet devices
  • Easy-to-read application information with port data
  • Historical view based on storage
  • Custom applications
  • QoS
  • The GUI is clunky
  • Some of the graphs can be better
In an environment with hundreds of network devices connected over different links, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) can help understand application utilization. SolarWinds RBAC is neat to allow access to only SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) for any troubleshooting by Help Desk Users. Additionally, alerts can be customized for NetFlow-based traffic along with utilization.
SolarWinds support in general isn't the best. It usually takes a while to get someone to help out. However they do have Thwack, which is a pretty awesome resource for any information.
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer is being used along with npm and NCM. As npm covers fault monitoring and NCM provides Network Devices Configuration details and compliance checks done, the only left item was to audit and analyse who is eating the bandwidth and how - that's where NTA fits in. NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is being used to analyse Network traffic and who is consuming the bandwidth for better planning and [to] ensure security.
If you are using SolarWinds npm, then I would definitely recommend to use NTA module along with, as without NTA Network team will miss one important piece of Bandwidth utilization. Without NTA you cannot plan Bandwidth usage in a better way. NTA is also important for security regulation, as it tells you what traffic is being generated by the endpoints, and whether its a security violation or not such as DdoS attacks.
I rate SolarWinds NTA 10 out of 10 because of the following reasons -

1. Ease of Use
2. Easy to deploy and Maintain
3. Full feature set to monitor almost every version and type of flow from various vendors such as Cisco, Juniper etc.
4. Easy Reporting/Dashboards available.
These are just few reasons to name however NTA use with npm makes it very effective when to say Complete Network Monitoring.

November 17, 2020

Monitoring at it's best

Score 10 out of 10
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We use this product to monitor our bandwidth and packet traffic. It also allows us to see what devices access our other devices in our network and websites visited. I use a monitor to see traffic flow so that I can be prepared for any problems that might arise and respond in a timely manner. Being proactive is always better than being reactive.
The ability to watch my network flow and our devices with high bandwidth allow me to mitigate any issues that might arise. Often times I am able to resolve a problem before my departments and end users even knew there was a problem.
The time it takes to hear back from tech support is too long. Often times the support help doesn't really answer my question which creates frustration and a loss of time. I generally end up trouble shooting the issue myself. I would like to see some improvement in this area.
Steve Adams | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The instance I use [of SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)] is used by our department only. There are other installations across the organization. When we have network issues at a site, it helps determine what the issue is ( bandwidth flooding, undesirable traffic, improper traffic, etc) and helps identify what devices are the bad actors. We can see conversations per device and the utilization for each conversation. Protocols are also identified.
[SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)] does well for bandwidth utilization tracking from endpoint to endpoint, as well as what protocols are being utilized in the conversations. However, if you need a deeper dive, a product like Wireshark would need to be utilized. I have not seen the capability to store individual conversations and analyze them.
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) support in general is pretty good. However, it may take them 24 hours to get back to you in some cases.
Score 9 out of 10
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Across the entire organization. Really helps troubleshooting bandwidth related issues and helps us keep an eye on if it's legitimate traffic and if we really need to upgrade our MPLS links.
If you already have other SolarWinds modules then it fits in nicely and gives a better consolidated view.
It's a mixed bag. I have had good responses then some where they just hand you a bunch of documentation and the responses make you feel like they don't have time to help you.
Eduardo Ramirez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is being used for the IT department to analyze traffic engineering for issues/troubleshooting or capacity planning. Personally, I think is one of the best tools to get Netflow information in real-time to analyze. It is simple and friendly to read compared with others even for non-technical people or decision-makers.

  • Easy to deploy
  • Easy to read and make reports
  • Real-time traffic
  • Upgrade decision in terms of bandwidth
  • Reports and Alerts
Something that we really like and enjoy about SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is how easy you can get the information that we need on the dashboards.
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is exactly what we need to analyze our netflow. We are pretty happy with it.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have contracts with many different companies. When setting up a new customer, the customer insisted the connection to our product was being blocked by our firewall and was impeding them from using our product. After weeks of working with their IT group and trying to prove to them it was not our facility but their own which was causing the impedance. After setting up the SolarWinds NTA we were able to prove where the breakdown was in the traffic flow. They contacted their firewall team and fixed the block and opened the application up to their use. This block was something which could have cost us a very large contract and took the blame off our company. More than that we were able to know exactly where the problem was in the communication. In 20+ years of IT work, I have never been able to confidently prove where a breakdown was occurring outside of our own company. Thanks to the NTA from Solarwinds.
  • Provides information about where traffic is being blocked.
  • Provides bandwidth information about the traffic.
  • Can show where slow downs are occuring.
  • It could be a little easier for the common user to setup a connection between point A and point B to display the traffic information.
Great for showing a problem in communication between you and a client.
I would have rated it higher, but it did take some getting setup with it and there was very little to no help from the service staff when we attempted to contact them. However, the online documentation is fantastic and did get us up and running.
Jacob Garrett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use NTA to see what are users are up to. We use it to make sure users are using our internet for work and if they are we use it to find out the percentage of traffic that is O365 and then we can budget for faster internet connections.
  • Allows us visibility in to website/application usage.
  • We can see if our guest networks are being abused.
  • We can see what users are pushing the network to the limit.
  • NTA receives data from a specific port from the router/switch/ firewall. But you may not always monitor that port with npm. This causes errors or you have to spend more money to monitor more ports.
  • The graphs and charts can be hard to read and hard to navigate.
When you want to find out what users are using the most internet. If you need to update your budgeting for internet upgrades. You can see that traffic over your network and in some cases it can help you find ways to segment the traffic better, this is good for things like iSCSI.
Easy to set up and if there is a problem the tech support usually can walk you through it.
Justin Benner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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As a service provider, we need to monitor for various scenarios. Have set up custom SWQL alerts to monitor for denial of service attacks on our customers. SolarWinds NTA also facilitates bandwidth monitoring for billing purposes for usage and overage charges.
  • Running down DOS attacks over the network
  • Helping Customer Support assist customers with slow internet complaints
  • Tracking usage for billing
  • Creating high-level usage reports for upper management
  • Needing to understand SQWL for most advanced reporting
  • Some of the automated reports are not very user friendly
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer works very well in tracking usage for individual endpoints on your network either for troubleshooting or for billing purposes. It allows you to deep dive into the traffic and determine if it's legitimate or malicious. Another feature we regular use is allowing our Customer Support Personal to run reports on customer usage which allows them to help people out who are having slow internet issues to determine where the slowdowns are coming from.
Haven't had the need to open any trouble tickets with SolarWinds for NTA yet. We have been able to solve any of our issues that have arisen using the online resources from SolarWinds in their Customer Portal or on the THWACK user community. THWACK has a better following than any other product we currently use with lots of people more than willing to help with your questions.
  • Online training
September 02, 2020

SolarWinds NTA Review

Score 7 out of 10
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SolarWinds NTA has helped tremendously. As we are in the healthcare industry, all of our hardware, software, and others are very important to run with a very limited amount of disruptions. When things go wrong our teams need to see why, when, and how to improve so it does not happen next time. This is where SolarWinds NTA comes in.
  • Monitor interface's network bandwith
  • Traffic patterns
  • Enhance bandwidth before outages occur
  • Bring down the price
  • Tighten up CBQoS
  • Enable Linux equipment
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is best suited for a company that is very dependent on fewer outages because it costs them a lot while an outage happens. It would not be the best for a small company that doesn't handle high bandwidth needs.
When I call SolarWinds, we don't always get the best help when it comes to certain issues we may be experiencing.