Real Network Bandwidth Monitor
November 30, 2020

Real Network Bandwidth Monitor

Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer Pack
  • NPM
  • NCM

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)

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.
  • Network Traffic Auditing for Youtube, Amazon prime
  • Un-Recognized Application identification
  • Better Bandwidth Management
I must say no other tools stands against SolarWinds NTA module, as it is easy to use tool with complete feature set, with almost all types of flows supported. Not just this, you will have rich information-based dashboard (fully customizable), out of the box reports, and Alert which is missing in other tools and vendors.
I rate SolarWinds NTA 10 out of 10 because of the following reasons -

1. Ease of Use
2. Easy to deploy and Maintain
3. Full feature set to monitor almost every version and type of flow from various vendors such as Cisco, Juniper etc.
4. Easy Reporting/Dashboards available.
These are just few reasons to name however NTA use with npm makes it very effective when to say Complete Network Monitoring.

I must say application tagging and monitoring using Netflow Packet cannot be done well, other than SolarWinds. For say this process is very complex, but SolarWinds makes it just easy for everyone, as all you have to do is enable the flows and tag application (if it is not one out of 400 inbuilt already provided by SolarWinds).

We do monitoring for Traffic from Social Networking Websites such as Netflix, YouTube, [and] Amazon prime. Also some competitor websites.
Our Organization do not use VMWare vSphere Traffic Tool, as this requires a complete different skillset to configure the same and then utilize it for monitoring perspective. The main reason for that is vSphere is being managed by Virtualization Team, which is not interested in offering monitoring service, they might do it but for their own purpose not for monitoring specifically just like SolarWinds does.
As far as rating for usability is concerned I would give 10/10 as NTA is very easy to use. All you need to do is install that module and ask network Team to configure the Netflow towards Server IP. [The] rest is pre-configured and reports are pre-built. Moment you receive the flows from Network all you will have is information about traffic.
npm, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), SolarWinds AppOptics
If you are using SolarWinds npm, then I would definitely recommend to use NTA module along with, as without NTA Network team will miss one important piece of Bandwidth utilization. Without NTA you cannot plan Bandwidth usage in a better way. NTA is also important for security regulation, as it tells you what traffic is being generated by the endpoints, and whether its a security violation or not such as DdoS attacks.