Dig into the Traffic
June 06, 2018
Dig into the Traffic
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with NetFlow Analyzer
Being an all Cisco shop and since NetFlow was developed by Cisco this was a no-brainer for collecting and analyzing traffic on our network. We use it for bandwidth monitoring, network performance analytics, and anomaly detection. I would say we use it more for proving it's not the network and showing the server guys and applications where the issue resides.
- Bandwidth Monitoring - With the use of OTV within the Nexus environment between 2 of or centralized locations as well as other traffic, we need to know whos hogging the traffic.
- Network Performance Analytics - Having multiple locations, knowing the performance of the data lines is a most.
- Anomaly Detection - Virus, hacks, etc is where this comes in handy.
- At this point, I don't have any suggestion for improvements.
- As I mentioned in a previous statement, the capacity planning was the big thing. In our line of business, speed is everything. Customers hate to be slowed down so having the appropriate network connections is a must.
- Anomaly Detection with the threshold based alerting has made our network team more proactive in stopping things before they can really affect the company.
- Productivity with the use of monitoring conversations and amount of used bandwidth has helped weed out the works versus the campers.
In comparison to SolarWinds, Scrutinizer, and WhatsUp I would say the ease of setup and the graphical interface. The flow of the interface to monitor bandwidth, performance and detect anomalies makes it a winner over the other three. Compared to PRTG is how it organizes the information and search ability. Wireshark is a quick and dirty look and NetFlow analyzer is more for data mining and analyzing over time.
The capacity planning was a big help in our company as we grew the number of connected locations. Grow or die is pretty much the business model of today but that growth is only as good as the network it travels on. Being able to recommend appropriate network requirements is a big deal in our line of business.