Found the Perfect Flow
April 24, 2020

Found the Perfect Flow

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer

We have been using SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer for quite some time at our organization for monitoring bandwidth and traffic patterns.
We use it organization-wide to monitor users or applications with high bandwidth utilization. These helps us to maximize the up-time of our network and applications leading to smooth and fast access to the internet and data center applications.

Our overall experience with this tool is very positive and has helped us a lot in keeping our infrastructure lag free.
  • Monitoring Network Bandwidth is the best feature we see in this tool as its detailed insights help us in allocating bandwidth to users correctly.
  • It can be deployed very easily, efficiently and quickly. We deployed it in a few hours at our organization.
  • It is good at finding Hosts or IP addresses that communicate more or frequently in the network.
  • The dashboard is a little complex for a layman to understand. I remember when I was new to this product I had a difficult time in understanding the traffic patterns.
  • Technical Support Assistance is quite complex and difficult to obtain and it has a lot of room for improvement.
  • Training material is not easy to find. More training videos would be appreciated.
  • We have good ROI by optimizing the bandwidth for ISP and MPLS Links.
  • Overall we have seen a positive impact by reducing network down-times.
  • Return on Investment is obtained by identifying healthy and unhealthy network equipment.
SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer has more features compared to Wireshark and WhatsUp Gold.
Wireshark provided raw outputs while we were looking for intuitive graphical interface hence SolarWinds was preferred over Wireshark.
And WhatsUp Gold was good at monitoring networking infrastructure but we went ahead with SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer for the fact that it can analyse traffic patterns as an addition to all the WhatsUp Gold features.
Obtaining Technical Support assistance for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is a tedious process and it involves a lot of complexity in raising support tickets.
We have often observed long duration of times required for resolutions of simple support tickets.
Technical Support Staff is knowledgeable and constantly followup regarding the issue but overall experience in support is not very good.

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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is well suited in use cases like:

  1. Bandwidth Monitoring for Internet, MPLS & Point to Point Links.
  2. Realtime performance analysis for networking equipment like switches, routers, firewalls, virtual machines, etc where we can monitor performance of components like CPU, RAM, Storage, etc.
  3. Identifying varied traffic patterns and top talkers in an environment with ease and good accuracy.