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"I really love the Data Explorer. I use it all the time to go in and craft exactly what I need to see. I'm able to then take that story and explain it to the executives. I've done that a couple of times and it is helpful.""In terms of the solution’s real-time visibility across our network infrastructure, I have not been able to find any other monitoring or netflow visualization tool that gives me the kind of information I get from Kentik. If I need to take a deep-dive into something that I see, it's really easy for me to do that. Whereas with most other things, I have to use five or six other tools to get that kind of data, with Kentik, I have it all in one place.""Having the API access allows us to do a great deal of automation around a lot of our reporting and management tools.""We're also using Kentik to ingest metrics. It's a useful feature, and its response time, whenever we're pulling back the data, is higher than our on-prem solution.""I am able to do a lot of work on the visualization end to create different visualizations and different ways to get information out of it.""The drill-down into detailed views of network activity helps to quickly pinpoint locations and causes. All the information is there.""The most valuable feature is being able to pull traffic patterns; to and from destinations. We're able to understand where our traffic is going, our top talkers from an AS set, as well as where our traffic's coming from.""The most valuable features have been anything around traffic engineering: being able to determine the source or destination of a surge of traffic, whether it's DDoS-related, or a customer just happened to have a sudden uptick in traffic. Being able to tell where that's coming from or where it's going to enables us to do things based on that."

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"This solution gives us important information about the utilization of protocols, particularly in terms of how often they are used.""I like that it is able to monitor multiple devices and it's vendor-agnostic.""The dashboard alerts me when a critical device goes off the network.""In terms of the implementation, we've actually used SAM, the server and application monitoring tools. The network configuration tools are very useful in terms of bulk upgrading switches and infrastructure. Also, the Network Traffic Analyzer was extremely useful to track down errant users soaking up bandwidth.""With SolarWinds, we are now able to accurately gauge bandwidth consumption.""The performance analysis is a valuable feature. With the performance analyzer, we can see the realtime monitoring, the realtime performance, and historical performance on specific components like virtualization storage, CPU, servers and network equipment.""The solution's most valuable feature is its traffic analysis.""The program is scalable enough for our usage."

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"I've checked out the V4 version of the interface and it's still a little bit clunky for me to use. I still go back to the old interface. That's definitely one that they still need to work on. It doesn't seem like everything that you get in the V3, the older interface, is there. For instance, I was trying to add a user or do the administrative tasks in V4, and I couldn't figure out where I was supposed to do that.""There is room for improvement around the usability of the API. It's a hugely complex task to call it and you need a lot of backing to be able to do it. I should say, as someone who's not in networking, maybe it's easier for people who are in networking, but for me that one part is not very user-friendly.""I would like to see them explore the area of cost analysis.""The only downside to Kentik, something that I don't like, is that it's great that it shows you where these anomalies lie, but it's not actionable. Kentik is valuable, don't get me wrong, but if it had an actionable piece to it...""They're moving more in a direction where they are saying, "Hey, here's information that you may be interested in or may a need," before the question has to explicitly be asked. Continuing to move in that direction would be a good thing.""We asked for a way, regarding the potential networks that exist, to hook Kentik up with external tools like peering DBs to correlate things together and see what we can do... This is all in the [next] beta now.""I believe they're already working on this, but I would love for them to create better integrations from network flow data to application performance — tracing — so that we could overlay that data more readily. With more companies going hybrid, flow logs and flow data, whether it be VPC or on-prem, matched with application performance and trace data, is pretty important."

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"I would like to see more training videos and additional material for learning how to use this solution.""This solution would benefit from having more security-based communications between the actual devices and the software itself.""Customer Support is quite complex.""The problem is that SolarWinds is trying to bolt in too much and that can leave bugs, which you have to then sort out, leaving the product unstable. SolarWinds needs to try and slow down and improve the stability of the product, as opposed to bringing out more and more features.""The licensing should be more realistic so that we can adjust the number of nodes according to my needs, rather than in fixed increments.""The price of the solution is a bit high for our clients. They should consider adjusting their price model.""Technical support needs improvement.""It is very slow to pick the dynamics of the network."

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"We have an annual contract with Kentik that we renew each year for a set number of licenses. We also have some burstable licenses which we can spin up and spin down, and those are paid as they are used."

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"For our environment, we pay approximately $25,000 USD yearly.""The licensing for this solution is based on the number of nodes.""The price of this solution is exceptional.""While the pricing is fair, it could be better.""The pricing is reasonable.""We pay yearly, and we are happy with its price."

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Kentik's AIOps Network Traffic Intelligence platform unifies network operations, performance, security, and business intelligence. 

With a purpose-built big data engine delivered as public or private SaaS, Kentik captures a high-resolution view of actual network traffic data and enriches it with critical application and business data, so every network event or analysis can be tied to revenue & costs, customer & user experience, performance & risk.

SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer enables you to capture data from continuous streams of network traffic and convert those raw numbers into easy-to-interpret charts and tables that quantify exactly how the corporate network is being used, by whom, and for what purpose.
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Pandora, Yelp, Neustar, Box, University of Washington, Zoom, Tata, and Cogent.  Oceaneering International, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, 335th Signal Command, Immofori
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Find out what your peers are saying about Kentik vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Kentik is ranked 18th in Network Monitoring Software with 7 reviews while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is ranked 5th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 17 reviews. Kentik is rated 9.2, while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Kentik writes "Gives us detailed NetFlow records and the ability to visualize them in multiple ways". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer writes "Has a lovely graphical interface, it's easy to use, has powerful reporting features, and excellent support". Kentik is most compared with ThousandEyes, Arbor DDoS, Plixer FlowPro, SolarWinds NPM and Cloudflare, whereas SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is most compared with Zabbix, Cisco Stealthwatch, Centreon, Plixer Scrutinizer and Fortinet FortiSIEM. See our Kentik vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer report.

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