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Network Security Engineer at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 15 2017

What is most valuable?

* Dashboard visualization: I have come to rely on Kentik for a constantly refreshing view that I can quickly customize. There are a lot of graph options, including a flow diagram that shows how… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have put it on half of our large monitoring screens. Sometimes, it is actually easier to identify and attack incoming traffic using Kentik, than it is to use our own gear. Even when we know what… more »

What needs improvement?

Kentik has been remarkable at anticipating the design requirements of their customers. They have provided everything that I might want already. After using it for over six months constantly, I am… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used SolarWinds in another company. You get a very simple, non-configurable type of view with green, yellow, red and ingress/egress numbers. It doesn’t compare to the analytical capabilities… more »

What other advice do I have?

While I was not a part of the implementation, if you know how to set up NetFlow on your device, just point it at Kentik. They have another setup option for a sensor that lives in your network. I have… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am not a part of the purchasing or evaluation in any way. We still use Cacti for general stuff, but Kentik has replaced it on half of our boards so far.
Consultant
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 24 2017

What is most valuable?

The DDoS alerting was, at first, the most useful. It was able to alert the entire team of more than 20 that the issues with the website were actually network based… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I find it very useful to see when traffic destined for a prefix that we prefer ingress on in the East Coast actually ingresses or egresses on the West Coast. It shows the… more »

What needs improvement?

The alerting ability is greatly improved. I think there is some movement still to make this into a 'dumb mode' vs 'expert mode'. There is the SQL-like syntax, but that is… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is a large difference between BGP and normal nodes. I don't think this plays out to the best for the customer or Kentik. To be able to split off the BGP vs PPS… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used in-house, hand-built things. All based on binary RRDs or worse.

What other advice do I have?

Use the technical support if you need it. They are excellent.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've evaluated almost everything except SiLK.
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Network Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
Jan 15 2017

What is most valuable?

DDoS Alarming allows us to get a feel for the bandwidth of an attack and determine if mitigation is needed to prevent collateral damage. Secondly, the flow analysis lets… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We now have real metrics on DDoS attack vectors and use the alerting dashboard to gather information used in CLI filters and eventually in RTBH.

What needs improvement?

Firstly, my Dashlane password manager attempts to fill in the dimensions field for me, so I just turn off my password manager when that occurs. Secondly, sometimes its… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I’ve told others that they charge based on the amount of devices and provide a discount for education customers. In my role, I haven’t been exposed to the cost of the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did trials on a few competitor solutions. They were too slow, too complex, and required lots of on-premises touches to fix their equipment. They crashed often and they… more »

What other advice do I have?

If they haven’t already decided to use it, I typically log into my portal and show them it’s capabilities. Then, I let them know they can get a trial for their network. If… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Plixer Scrutinizer.
Swen Wulf
Real User
Network Architect/Security Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Jan 08 2017

What is most valuable?

Kentik is a mature software product and is provided as SaaS. This is very valuable to me, because I don’t have to maintain a server, worry about resources, updates to software or OS, hard-drive space… more »

How has it helped my organization?

One of our Network Operations Centers has a large overview screen with a web browser that shows Kentik and the data explorer running. This provides a constant overview of live traffic sorted by the… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more granular user and security rights. Currently, a user can be a member or an administrator. I would like to limit what a user can see, be it IP or interface. I would like to be… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used multiple NetFlow products. Kentik shines with the ease of running reports and looking at data.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest giving it a try. A demo can be set up in no time. You can see for yourself whether or not you like it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have used open-source options such as NfSen and SolarWinds.

What is Kentik?

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.

Kentik customers

Pandora, Yelp, Neustar, Box, University of Washington, Zoom, Tata, and Cogent. 

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