SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Reviews

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Julio Morales | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 10, 2020

NetFlow in education flow

Score 9 out of 10
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The product is well suited for multi-site star topology networks where bandwidth is shared. At a single site, it would be less appropriate as you wouldn't need as many resources to monitor your network.
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Carlos Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I consider areas such as telecommunications are the most benefited with this tool because of the quick results it can obtain. Development areas can benefit but on a smaller scale and in isolated cases. I do not recommend it for administrative areas, it would not provide any information that provides specific solutions for its purposes.
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Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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Nandini pallipamu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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Jennifer Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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Armando Alvarado | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 18, 2019

Netflow Traffic Notes

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 21, 2020

SolarWinds Netflow

Score 7 out of 10
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We used SolarWinds to monitor our netflow traffic. The product works good but can be a bit of a pain to set up and floods you with too much info if using the defaults. With a good setup from the start it is a handy product.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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The single best use case that we've been able to exploit is tuning and monitoring our core databases in an extremely complex technical environment. Our systems are outward facing, with multiple endpoints, and very large traffic volumes with largely unpredictable patterns -- that causes Oracle stress that is difficult to manage and predict, even using the best of the database optimization tools out there. When we've got problems, we can look at the dashboards and easily rule in, or out, that our database is part of any end user experience problem.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 18, 2019

NTA: Go with the Flow(s)

Score 6 out of 10
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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 30, 2019

Flow of your life.

Score 10 out of 10
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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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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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Rob Bates | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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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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Scott Reese | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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Carlos Alberto Pedron Espinett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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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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Josh Haberman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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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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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Scorecard Summary

About SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

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.

Download a free trial today: https://www.solarwinds.com/netflow-traffic-analyzer/registration


SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Features

Has featureTightly integrates with SolarWinds NPM providing valuable insights into network bandwidth consumption.
Has featureMonitor 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.
Has featureApplication traffic alerting, alerts you if an application traffic suddenly increases, decreases, or disappears completely.
Has featureAnalyze network traffic patterns over months, days, or minutes by drilling down into any network element.
Has featurePerfStack™ 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.
Has featureAdvanced application recognition allows you to identify which applications and categories consume the most bandwidth for better network traffic visibility with NBAR2 support.
Has featureCustomizable network traffic reports at your finger tips. Create, schedule, and deliver in-depth network traffic analysis and bandwidth reports with just a few clicks.
Has featureMonitor Wireless LAN Controller traffic to keep tabs on applications and clients utilizing bandwidth on your wireless network.
Has featureCisco Meraki wireless traffic monitoring.
Has featureCBQoS policy optimization measures the effectiveness of pre- and post-policy traffic levels per class map to determine if QoS policies are working as planned.
Has featureMalicious or malformed traffic flow identification with port 0 monitoring.
Has featureNetwork 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 Competitors

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  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?Optional

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Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows
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