If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering NETSCOUT InfiniStreamNG, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
Try to find a better product, because I don't think you will. I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten, at least. I just don't see very many flaws in it. It really works well. It does what it advertises that it does. It does more than a lot of people think that it does. It's been a good investment for our company. We've really gotten our money's worth out of it.
Ask for demos. Come to a NETSCOUT Engage conference. Try the product out. We minimally use it for unified communication application performance.
Talk to other users.
Have a good detailed plan of how you want to deploy it. Once it's deployed, it will probably be very difficult to rearrange it in a short amount of time.
Go with NETSCOUT. Versus other tools out there, this is the best tool. We are getting ready to get the solution for unified communication application performance.
I would recommend getting the product. It is super easy to use for what I need, and it provides me visibility.
Talk to their SEs. Make sure you get your bang for your buck with the proper instrumentation, like with a vSTREAM. I am pretty pleased with the product. Once you know how to use the product, it's easy and simple. It doesn't break. Ours don't. We haven't had any issues, and that means a lot.
This tool will help you be more proactive. We use this solution for proactive monitoring of SaaS applications and remote sites. E.g., when the radio is not functioning, nGeniusPULSE will tell us that radio is not functioning. It allows us to go in and address an issue before a user even gets into the office. The dependency mapping is great because it looks at the passive packet flow. You can pick and map it out through the NG1 server. The single pane of glass view is good. There are so many different facets or layers to this stuff with a lot of prerequisites before you can get a single pane of glass view. We do use the solution for unified communication application performance, but I don't have much experience with it.
It is a great tool, which works extremely well for what it does. If you can get it in and get it placed correctly in your network, it's one of the best tools that you can get. I like the dependency mapping, but I haven't use it much. I would like to utilize it more. We do more reactive monitoring.
If you are looking for a good application monitoring and packet analysis tool, you can strategically use NETSCOUT to get it done. Depending on how you do it, you can do it in a cost-efficient way. That is how we did it. I haven't used the single pane of glass or the dependency mapping.
The solution is not great, but it is not bad. It is just a monitoring device. It is an okay tool, but it's not the end all, be all of all tools. The engineers in our core use it a lot more than we do. They have seen a measurable decrease in MTTK and MTTR, plus a reduction in their troubleshooting time.
I am overall pretty satisfied with the product. It helps with our troubleshooting needs. We haven't got to the dependency mapping yet, which is in the nGeniousONE client, but we are looking forward to getting there.