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Elias Ibero | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • One day we were having complaints about one of our sites. The internet was very slow. SolarWinds NetFlow helped us to see why it was slow. It was due to a computer that was getting re-imaged.
  • Helps us to find the culprit who is hogging the network bandwidth.
  • It has been hard to set it up to collect autonomous system conversations.
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Carlos Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It allows you to have visibility of the volume of traffic that is going through your infrastructure.
  • The possibility of remedying events that may be affecting the infrastructure.
  • Control of the different media analyzing the type of traffic that passes through the critical points.
  • We have difficulties in areas such as other platforms that find it difficult to interpret the results.
  • There are areas such as Data Center where it is not considered as a primary tool in their work.
  • The results that this tool can provide are not considered in the budgets of critical areas.
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Fraser Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Nandini pallipamu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Jennifer Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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!
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Armando Alvarado | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 18, 2019

Netflow Traffic Notes

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Overall database system health monitoring is a quick check for incident management.
  • Database dashboard view is very helpful for starting detailed issue analysis.
  • The package could do better with actual transaction level monitoring
  • If you are using a mainframe, your options for monitoring are very limited
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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
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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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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 30, 2019

Flow of your life.

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Rob Bates | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Scott Reese | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Carlos Alberto Pedron Espinett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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
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Josh Haberman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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Eric Moore | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
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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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  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
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Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows
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