SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Pros and Cons

SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Pros

MarkS
IT Analyst at Hawkbridge Consultants
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.
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TY
reviewer1183797
Senior Network Specialist at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
SolarWinds has improved our organization because whenever a device is down, we get an alert.
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Asem Arafat
IT Director at NEDCO
With SolarWinds, we are now able to accurately gauge bandwidth consumption.
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RD
reviewer1427196
Network Services Manager at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to look for any increases in bandwidth over time so that we can plan before it becomes critical.
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Michael_Hall
Network Engineer at Brookfield Property
I like that it is able to monitor multiple devices and it's vendor-agnostic.
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HD
reviewer1142772
Control Department Head of Information Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
For managing the traffic, it provides you a response about whether the traffic is down, up, or heavy, which is a very powerful feature. It has a good response time. We have been using this solution for many years, and we don't have any problem with this solution.
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Bill Lamon
Information Technology Manager at B&I Contractors
The most valuable feature is the alarm that is set up to trigger based on bandwidth utilization.
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DG
Solar677Winds
Head of Technology and Inspection at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The dashboard alerts me when a critical device goes off the network.
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FA
reviewer1074924
Networks Lead Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The monitoring is perfect, showing you the details for the utilization of resources and network bandwidth.
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MV
reviewer1054686
Managing Director at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
The integration with other SolarWinds products is good.
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SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Cons

MarkS
IT Analyst at Hawkbridge Consultants
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.
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TY
reviewer1183797
Senior Network Specialist at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It does not flow. It cannot do our metric performance monitoring. So it is very limited. They can do it but in a very limited fashion. It is only good for SNMP-based alerts.
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Asem Arafat
IT Director at NEDCO
The licensing should be more realistic so that we can adjust the number of nodes according to my needs, rather than in fixed increments.
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Learn what your peers think about SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: March 2021.
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RD
reviewer1427196
Network Services Manager at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's not a cheap product, so the pricing could be improved.
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MH
Michael_Hall
Network Engineer at Brookfield Property
This solution would benefit from having more security-based communications between the actual devices and the software itself.
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HD
reviewer1142772
Control Department Head of Information Security at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
If your network is on SolarWinds, and you notice that the traffic is bad because it says "user downloading a heavy file," it doesn't indicate which endpoint is downloading those heavy files. SolarWinds doesn't have the tools to be able to handle this kind of situation. You can just notice through your network device that the traffic is becoming overwhelming or heavy, but you cannot go inside and get more details related to the endpoint where it is happening. We would like SolarWinds to be able to handle this kind of situation and even manage the traffic inside a network from the endpoint to the network device. These would be good enhancements. It is mostly stable. The problem comes only when we want to add another SolarWinds model. SolarWinds has so many models, and sometimes when we want to add other models on the platforms that are reserved for our firm, it freezes. When this happens, we have to create a new VM for that model.
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Bill Lamon
Information Technology Manager at B&I Contractors
This solution does not do a very good job when I am trying to look deeper into my internal network, in particular with respect to individual ports.
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DG
Solar677Winds
Head of Technology and Inspection at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Customer Support is quite complex.
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FA
reviewer1074924
Networks Lead Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Atlas module that is used for building the network map is very bad.
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MV
reviewer1054686
Managing Director at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
I would like to see more artificial intelligence capabilities.
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Learn what your peers think about SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: March 2021.
476,892 professionals have used our research since 2012.