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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."I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for that pesky SolarWinds NTA!" -- The person using all your bandwidthEven 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,7,Be prepared to answer lots of questions. When people see the data in NTA they are going to want to know why App A is talking to App B. Be ready to explain! Hand the keys to the NTA kingdom to the network team. They will thank you. Everyone wants to have friends on the network team, right? Be prepared to invest in some significant compute and storage performance to keep up with your NTA monitoring Running the latest firmware for your network gear is (often) required to take advantage of all the flow-monitoring. You upgrade regularly, right??,ThousandEyes, WhatsUp Gold and PRTG Network MonitorSimple netflow analyzer reviewIt 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.,10,Reduces downtime Reduces slowness,,VMware ESXi, Microsoft Exchange, SpiceworksSolarWinds NTA - Analyze This!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.,9,Capacity planning. We were used to our offices telling us the bandwidth was slow - it's now the other way around. Alerting on performance issues.,Datadog, PRTG Network Monitor and Nagios,Datadog, Nagios, AlertSiteSolarWinds NTA is a time saverUsed 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.,10,With NTA, we are able to identify and remediate network bandwidth hogs and have avoided upgrading circuits when we found the usage was frivolous.,,SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, SolarWinds Server & Application MonitorThe best network monitoring applicationIt 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,8,The administration of the bandwidth of the organization has been improved considerably allowing to detect leakage of the same in unwanted applications It has been allowed to limit the access and the consumption of bandwidth in departments that used the same in activities external to the company As a negative aspect, the limitations that have been detached from the analysis of consumption statistics generated discomfort in part of the personnel to whom the bandwidth consumption was limited.,Colasoft Capsa, Wireshark, InfoVista 5View NetFlow and NetFlow,PostgreSQL, MikroTik Routers and Switches, AvayaWhy is my internet slow!?!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.,10,NTA allows ensuring that branch locations are using their assigned bandwidth to their full potential.NTA - for both Corporate and Customer networksWe 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.,9,When a site is having persistent network problems and we have trouble finding the source, it could impact revenue. This is where NTA comes in and helps speed up the diagnosis.,,SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Server & Application MonitorNTA is worth more than silver and goldBecause 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.,10,It has allowed me to provide better QoS. It has helped me re-categorize and prioritize network services. It has helped me prove time theft and wastage.,Wireshark,SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, Bluebeam RevuSolarWindsWe 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.,7,We were able to determine what sites consume the most bandwidth and provide more to them. We are now in the process of laying our own fiber to get better speeds. The alerts let you know where to begin troubleshooting issues.,,Extreme Networks Network Access Control (NAC), Extreme Ethernet SwitchesSolarwinds is well worth your time and investment!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.,9,NTA has had a positive impact on our network capacity planning and forecasting. We've used NTA to spot trouble areas in our network, like servers or devices using more bandwidth than necessary.,SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor and SolarWinds Virtualization Manager,SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
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June 27, 2019

"I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for that pesky SolarWinds NTA!" -- The person using all your bandwidth

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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March 02, 2019

Simple netflow analyzer review

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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January 28, 2019

SolarWinds NTA - Analyze This!

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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December 28, 2018

SolarWinds NTA is a time saver

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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June 21, 2018

The best network monitoring application

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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April 20, 2018

Why is my internet slow!?!

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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April 20, 2018

NTA - for both Corporate and Customer networks

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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February 24, 2016

NTA is worth more than silver and gold

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

SolarWinds

Score 7 out of 10
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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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February 26, 2016

Solarwinds is well worth your time and investment!

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 (5)
8.6
Network monitoring (9)
9.3
Baseline threshold calculation (8)
8.1
Alerts (8)
9.2
Network capacity planning (9)
8.3
Packet capture analysis (5)
10.0
Network mapping (5)
9.0
Customizable reports (9)
8.2
Wireless infrastructure monitoring (6)
8.7
Hardware health monitoring (6)
9.3

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

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