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Get started with NTA

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If you need to know who is using your bandwidth and how, SolarWinds NTA provides a simple answer. You can quickly trace and monitor the bandwidth use of a specific application or type of traffic. For example, if you see excessive bandwidth use on an interface, you can use SolarWinds NTA to see that the company meeting, that includes streaming video, is consuming 80% of the available bandwidth through a switch. Unlike many other NetFlow analysis products, the network and flow data presented in SolarWinds NTA are not purely extrapolated data, but they are based on real information collected about the network by SolarWinds NPM, on which NTA depends.
Out of the box, NTA offers broad monitoring and charting capabilities, coupled with detail-driven statistics, including the following:

  • Distribution of bandwidth across traffic types
  • Usage patterns over time
  • External traffic identification and tracking
  • Tight integration with detailed interface performance statistics

SolarWinds NTA is optimized for understanding network usage, not auditing every packet. SolarWinds NTA provides an overall traffic summary and how users are using your bandwidth.

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