SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer Valuable Features

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.

Quite a lot of our internal investigations are actually using the Network Traffic Analyzer to find out which computers are soaking up the network bandwidth.

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TY
Senior Network Specialist at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

In the case of ThousandEyes, the feature I've found most valuable is that it is an active synthetic monitoring tool. It provides per-hub packet loss latency information across the private and public internet. This provides us with capability outside our network.

SolarWinds is traditional. It's old school and SNMP-based. It provides event-triggered alarms. We rely on the features to monitor our network device to see if it is online or not. It tells us if the interface is down or up or if the device is down or up.

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AA
IT Director at NEDCO

It's a fantastic product overall, so it is difficult to define one feature being the best.

It is fantastic to know the Traffic Analyzer can show us where the potential problems are. You become very familiar with the bandwidth being consumed by different lines and how all the traffic is moving between different departments and different applications.

At times, we faced a lot of issues with users on the internet because of the consumption of the bandwidth. It was very hard to try to find exactly what was going on and what applications affected traffic. With SolarWinds, we are now able to accurately gauge bandwidth consumption.

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RD
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. We have our threshold set at 80%, which means that when we hit that capacity, it's time to start looking at things like whether there is a problem in the network or whether an increase in bandwidth needs to take place. Essentially, it gives us a tool where we can manage our business proactively instead of reactively.

I have 19 direct reports that use this product.

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MH
Network Engineer at Brookfield Property

The NCM module is by far the most useful feature, as I am able to provision and employ changes to our entire infrastructure with a single tool. 

I like that it is able to monitor multiple devices and it's vendor-agnostic.

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HD
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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Information Technology Manager at B&I Contractors

The most valuable feature is the alarm that is set up to trigger based on bandwidth utilization. When we are alerted then we know that we have to look further into the issue.

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DG
Head of Technology and Inspection at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The network performance monitor I have embedded has been able to give me a customized dashboard. The dashboard alerts me when a critical device would go off in the network. I get an SMS alarm. 

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FA
Networks Lead Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The GUI is simple and easy to use.

The monitoring is perfect, showing you the details for the utilization of resources and network bandwidth.

It provides the ability to track users to see who is generating higher amounts of traffic and what the person is doing.

The notifications are helpful.

At the end of the day, you can get very comprehensive reports showing you everything that is happening in the domain.

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MV
Managing Director at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

Everything is done in the Orion Suite, so you can look there to find dashboards and reports.

The integration with other SolarWinds products is good. It works well in combination with the other tools.

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DU
IT Project Lead - Danone North America at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

They have instructional videos and other information available on the site to assist you with learning it. Even if you don't have an integrator or somebody teaching you how to use it, you could probably pick it up pretty easily.

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AF
Head of IT Governance Service at ITGSTORE

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.

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TK
Senior System Engineer at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What I like the most is the bandwidth assessment.

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Senior Tech Support Engineer | Project Implementation Head at a tech company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable features are: 

  • The bandwidth analyzer
  • The monitoring
  • The network Analyzer
  • It has overall good performance
  • Easy deployment. 
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MA
Head of Network Department at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution's most valuable feature is its traffic analysis.

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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: May 2021.
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