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We performed a comparison between Nagios Core and SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"I like that it's very simple to install, easy to manage and deploy, and easy to use for monitoring.""It is fairly easy to set up, and we can monitor pretty much everything we want to.""Provides timely notifications.""Nagios Core is very configurable. Whatever you want, you can do it.""Dashboard provides monitor of total assets.""The most valuable feature depends on the project. It's great if you need to check to ensure a service is running 24/7. I can use the full solution for free, and it's flexible. If I need to add a dashboard, I can integrate it with Nagios. Cloud synchronization is wonderful.""The most valuable feature of Nagios Core is it allows us to develop and add as many plugins as we want.""Nagios Core is stable."

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"What my organization likes best about SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is its easy deployment. It's also well-integrated in terms of monitoring because my organization also uses a SolarWinds solution for monitoring. You can connect SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer directly to that monitoring tool to get information. My organization also finds the default graphs that appear before the configuration in SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer very useful.""The initial setup was straightforward.""What the network team found most valuable in SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is that it helps them to troubleshoot or analyze the issue. For example, traffic that comes from our location: India, goes to the US, so for the network team to analyze where the traffic comes from and where it is directed, and whether the packets are being dropped, they use SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. The network team also likes that through the solution, they can analyze the complete traffic utilization and how they're going to use it. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is user-friendly. The team finds it comfortable to use.""It doesn't cost too much.""What I like about SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is that it's useful for analyzing traffic. It also has an application visibility feature that lets you control applications.""The software management tools are very useful for our customers.""NTA's most valuable feature is traffic analysis and visibility.""What people found most valuable in SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is its report customization feature."

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"Would benefit from aggregations if a particular server goes down.""I would like to see a sensor that shows the traffic of a user and what they're doing on the network.""The UI is a little outdated and graphics could be displayed in a better way.""Bandwidth monitoring is the pain point for me because Nagios Core does not monitor bandwidth effectively like Cacti does.""We're using the free version, which limits us in terms of the things that we can do. If we had the paid version, a lot of our issues would probably go away. For example, we can't isolate instances that are being built or updated with the production ones. When they're being built, on Nagios, they're showing in red. It'd be nice to be able to partition those off until they're all green, and then we can bring them into the environment. This is probably because we've got the free version and not the paid version. If we went for the paid version, it would probably allow us to do exactly what we want to or remove the restrictions that we have, but if we are able to isolate instances in the free version, it would make life much easier.""Nagios Core could improve by adding a user interface. If you want the user interface you have to use Nagios XI.""Nagios Core can improve the graphical interface, it would make things a little easier.""It would be nice if the company offered a sales or contract manager that was dedicated to our company so that we would have some sort of link to Nagios, and if we had issues or questions, we'd be able to contact them directly."

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"The solution needs better log management and log coordination with tools.""An area for improvement in SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is application visibility because some applications aren't being recognized correctly. You can see applications such as Facebook and YouTube, but SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer needs to have more visibility into more applications. Currently, SolarWinds fails to detect more powerful applications, such as Zoom and Teams. If SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer can recognize every application and be able to report on each in terms of bandwidth, then that would be good. This is what I'd like to see in the next release of the solution.""As people always complain about the pricing for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, it's an area for improvement in the solution. People find it expensive. Another area for improvement in SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is support, as it could be better.""Technical support could be improved with quicker response times.""What needs improvement in SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is performance because sometimes, my team struggles too much for the solution to perform correctly for a specific deployment in my organization. Having a more detailed view in SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is another area for improvement, but that's more part of the protocol than the actual solution.""I'm expecting to see a little bit more artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. They need a bit more sophistication in that.""There are some areas for improvement in SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. There are some challenges with the solution when compared to other monitoring tools such as difficulty in operations and difficulty with backup installation. My team is currently trying out different solutions but would need to see how it goes.""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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  • "Most the plugin features are free."
  • "We are using the free version."
  • "We are using the free version of Nagios Core."
  • "The enterprise version has technical support. The version we are using is free."
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  • "We pay yearly, and we are happy with its price."
  • "We have licenses for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer. In terms of pricing, its license is not that expensive versus other tools such as HP."
  • "Pricing for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is very high. I have a customer that needs the solution but doesn't have the budget for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer because the problem is that you can't use the solution only. You have to buy requirements such as the SolarWinds NPM first, and some companies don't have the budget for all the required components and modules. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer can cost up to $10,000, and some customers don't have that budget. Another product has all the modules that SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer has, with a very low price, that can be a replacement, which is ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer. PRTG is another solution that can replace SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer."
  • "Licensing for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is paid yearly, and there are no additional costs that you need to pay apart from the standard licensing fees because you don't need to purchase another solution to make SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer work. Pricing for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is more expensive than other solutions."
  • "I don't have information on the licensing cost for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer because it's bundled with another SolarWinds solution. My organization has seven different models and pays for the license yearly. My organization also had to deploy additional pollers, but the cost wasn't very expensive, though I can't give the exact numbers."
  • "SolarWinds' pricing structure is the primary reason why some customers opt for another solution such as ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer. In NTA, you are charged per port, meaning that if you have a 24-port switch you will be charged for 24 individual nodes. ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer, on the other hand, charges per switch, such that if you add a switch, the entire switch will count as one single node."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The application performance monitoring feature is valuable.
    Top Answer:When we look at pricing version eleven requires purchasing a license. With version seven no license was required since it was open source. When you upgraded to the licensed version only then did you… more »
    Top Answer:The initial setup process could be improved.
    Top Answer:I have worked from 1973 with all kind of systems in large enterprises across the world. And have experience with all kind of software in monitoring from infra to end to end, it depends on the… more »
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:Licensing for SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is paid yearly, and there are no additional costs that you need to pay apart from the standard licensing fees because you don't need to purchase… more »
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    This is IT infrastructure monitoring's industry-standard, open-source core. Free without professional support services.

    SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer enables you to capture data from continuous streams of network traffic and convert those raw numbers into easy-to-interpret charts and tables that quantify exactly how the corporate network is being used, by whom, and for what purpose.
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    Sample Customers
    Airbnb, Cisco, PayPal, FanDuel
    Oceaneering International, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, 335th Signal Command, Immofori
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Educational Organization8%
    Manufacturing Company33%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Transportation Company8%
    Real Estate/Law Firm8%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Nagios Core vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
    September 2020
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nagios Core vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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    Nagios Core is ranked 10th in Network Monitoring Software with 12 reviews while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is ranked 7th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 10 reviews. Nagios Core is rated 8.4, while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Nagios Core writes "Well priced, lightweight and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer writes "Good real-time traffic reports, but uncomfortably high pricing and mediocre support". Nagios Core is most compared with Zabbix, Nagios XI, Centreon, Icinga and VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront, whereas SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is most compared with Cisco Secure Network Analytics, Auvik, Zabbix, Centreon and Plixer Scrutinizer. See our Nagios Core vs. SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer report.

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