SOURCE: SolarWinds


February 11, 2010 08:30 ET

SolarWinds Improves Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer's Performance and Usability

Latest Version Enhances Collection Performance up to 10x and Offers Network Engineers Even Greater Insight Into Top Network Bandwidth Users by Application

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - February 11, 2010) -  SolarWinds® (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 90,000 customers worldwide, today announced the availability of the latest version SolarWinds Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), the most popular module in the company's flagship Orion family of products.

Designed to give network engineers a comprehensive view of network traffic, Orion NTA analyzes NetFlow, J-Flow, and sFlow data and performs CBQoS monitoring to quantify exactly how the network is being used, by whom and for what purpose.

"With the latest Orion NTA, we've taken flow analysis one step further. Network engineers can collect important data faster by reducing what's extraneous and can more granularly distinguish network traffic by application. Both features are important to businesses looking to optimize data collection and storage. Knowing that 60% of your bandwidth usage is web traffic is nice, but knowing what percentage is being used by social applications like Facebook versus critical business applications like Salesforce can be very useful," said Sanjay Castelino, SolarWinds' Vice President of Product Marketing and Management.

What's new with Orion NTA v3.6:

  • Top Talker Optimization -- Boost flow collection performance up to 10x and reduce system resource and disk usage. Identifies which users, applications and protocols are consuming the most network bandwidth and highlights the IP addresses of the top talkers on the network.
  • Advanced Application Mapping -- Use IP addresses or ranges in combination with ports to breakdown and define network traffic into recognizable applications like YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, and Salesforce.
  • Customizable rate-based charts -- Chart rate (Kbps), percent interface speed, percent of total traffic, or total transferred per time unit via stack or line charts.
  • Improved usability -- View CBQoS performance views without having to enable NetFlow on source interfaces. Find settings more easily with new NTA admin area reorganization.
  • New and improved IP address groups -- Create IP address groups that include multiple ranges and IP addresses to help analyze how network traffic is behaving geographically.

Additional features:

  • Traffic Analysis dashboard
  • Traffic Forensics
  • Network Traffic View Builder
  • Multi-vendor device support
  • Flow-based reporting

Users can find information including tips from SolarWinds company experts, as well as peer support and perspectives on SolarWinds' products, including Orion NTA, at thwack, SolarWinds' online community of more than 30,000 members. Users are already talking about this latest version of Orion NTA. See the conversation here.

Additional Resources

Head Geek's Tour: Orion NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Intro to CBQoS Monitoring
Harness the Power of NetFlow on Your Network

Pricing and Availability

Orion NTA is available now and pricing starts at $1,795, with the first year of maintenance included. For more information, visit the SolarWinds Website, download a free 30-day evaluation, or call 866.530.8100.

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 90,000 customers worldwide -- from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. Focused on the real-world needs of IT professionals, SolarWinds products are downloadable, easy to use and maintain, and provide the power, scale, and flexibility needed to manage today's complex IT environments. SolarWinds' growing online community, thwack, is a gathering-place for problem-solving, technology-sharing, and participating in product development for all of SolarWinds' products. Learn more today at

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