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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

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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 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.

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


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

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) Videos

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Intuitive User Interface: Users have consistently praised the intuitive and easy-to-operate user interface of the services. Many reviewers have stated that they found it simple to navigate through the system, making tasks easy to perform.

High Level of Customization: The Network Bandwidth Analyzer's level of customization has been highly valued by users. Numerous reviewers have expressed their appreciation for being able to create customized views, reports, and alerts tailored to their specific needs. This feature allows users to personalize the tool according to their requirements.

Detailed Bandwidth Information: The NetFlow Traffic Analyzer component has received praise for providing detailed information on bandwidth usage and capacity planning. Several users have described this feature as invaluable for forensic tasks. They appreciate having access to in-depth insights into network traffic, which helps them effectively manage and troubleshoot issues.

Confusing and Not Intuitive User Interface: Many users have found the user interface of the software to be confusing and not intuitive, making it difficult to navigate and perform tasks quickly. The lack of clear organization and unintuitive design elements has been a common frustration among reviewers.

Lack of Specific Packet Details: Customers have expressed a need for more specific packet details and additional information on web traffic. They desire more granular insights into individual packets, such as source/destination IP addresses, ports, protocols, and payload data. This level of detail would enable them to better analyze network traffic patterns and troubleshoot issues effectively.

Unintuitive Alerting Setup: Setting up alerting on bandwidth levels has proven to be unintuitive for users. It requires navigating through multiple menus and options, which can be time-consuming and confusing. Reviewers suggest streamlining the process by providing clearer instructions or a more intuitive interface specifically tailored for configuring alerts based on bandwidth thresholds.

Users have recommended using Netflow Analyzer for visibility of network data transfer, traffic monitoring, and bandwidth usage. They suggest trying the free trial of Netflow Traffic Analyzer for 30 days to experience its features. Users also recommend Netflow Traffic Analyzer for managing switch and router configurations, as well as pushing config changes to multiple devices. According to them, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is the best tool available for monitoring network traffic and they appreciate its solid performance. Users find NetFlow Traffic Analyzer to be a cost-effective solution for collecting netflows and a great addition to existing toolsets. They emphasize its compatibility with other SolarWinds products and regular updates. Additionally, users recommend checking if Netflow Analyzer meets specific needs before purchasing, as there may be more advanced and affordable options available. They suggest trying the evaluation version to see its benefits and conducting a proof of concept to test it in a network environment. In summary, users find SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer to be a useful and easy-to-use tool that delivers on its promises, making it suitable for companies with large networks and organizations of all sizes.

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is the powerful tool for traffic monitoring and reporting. As a npm, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) is the first step in vast majority of troubleshooting cases. It provides a simple view of all traffic passed via your network devices as well as analytics (top talkers and etc.). Very useful for understanding of network circuits utilization in key points of an infrastructure.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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).
November 22, 2021

NTA: Go with the Flow(s)

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
April 07, 2021

Know your Flow

Sneha Puri | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
November 17, 2020

Monitoring at it's best

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Steve Adams | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Eduardo Ramirez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Jacob Garrett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
Justin Benner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
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.
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