Kentik Pros and Cons

Kentik Pros

reviewer1202292
Principal Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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reviewer1194984
Director, Backbone Engineering at a software R&D company with 10,001+ employees
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.
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PeterCarlsten
Interconnection Manager at a music company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're pretty happy with the API functionality. It's web, and it's very simple to set up queries. It has served us well and you don't need to be an expert on the API or the product to set these things up.
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AdamDavenport
Director, Interconnection Strategy at GTT
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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reviewer1250580
Director - Site Reliability Engineering at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
One of the valuable features is the intuitive nature of building out reports, and then triggering actions based on specific metrics from those reports. It has a really good UI and the ability to surface data through the reporting functions is pretty good. That's helped a lot in the security space.
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reviewer1195920
Manager, Automation Tools at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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JoshNoll
Sr. Network Manager at Netskope
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.
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Kentik Cons

reviewer1202292
Principal Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
I would like to see them explore the area of cost analysis.
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reviewer1194984
Director, Backbone Engineering at a software R&D company with 10,001+ employees
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.
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PeterCarlsten
Interconnection Manager at a music company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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AdamDavenport
Director, Interconnection Strategy at GTT
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.
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reviewer1250580
Director - Site Reliability Engineering at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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reviewer1195920
Manager, Automation Tools at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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JoshNoll
Sr. Network Manager at Netskope
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...
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