Network traffic analyzer collects, monitors, and analyzes the data flowing over the network and provides real-time actionable data on network traffic, applications, and bandwidth consumption. This tool helps a network administrator to examine and optimize network infrastructure, network capacity planning, and identify and detect network security threats. The tool is available in both standalone and bundled form, which is being majorly used by enterprises and service providers.

COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP MAPPING TERMINOLOGY

Based on the vendors’ performance in each criterion, they are placed in 4 categories: visionary leaders, innovators, emerging companies, and dynamic differentiators. The top 25 vendors of network traffic analyzer have been evaluated: Andrisoft, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, Colasoft, Flowmon Networks, Genie Networks, HelpSystems, HPE, InMon Corp., Ipswitch, Kentik, LogicMonitor, ManageEngine, Nagios, NEC Corporation, NetFlow Auditor, NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, NetVizura (Soneco), Nokia, ntop, Opmantek, Opsview, Paessler, Plixer, and SolarWinds.

VISIONARY LEADERS

Vendors who fall in this category receive high scores for most of the evaluation criteria and are known as visionary leaders. They have an established product portfolio and a very strong market presence. They also have strong business strategies. Visionary leaders of the network traffic analyzer market are Cisco Systems, Paessler, SolarWinds, ManageEngine, HelpSystems, Flowmon Networks, and NETSCOUT SYSTEMS.

INNOVATORS

Innovators demonstrate substantial product innovations as compared with their competitors. They have a strong focused product portfolio. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies. Plixer, NetFlow Auditor, Colasoft, Genie Networks, Nagios, and Ipswitch fall into this category.

DYNAMIC DIFFERENTIATORS

Dynamic differentiators are established vendors with very strong business strategies. However, they have scored low in product portfolio. They focus on a specific type of technology related to the product. CA Technologies, HPE, NEC Corporation, Nokia, and Opmantek are dynamic differentiators of the network traffic analyzer market.

EMERGING COMPANIES

Emerging companies have niche product offerings and are starting to gain their positions in the market. They do not have very strong business strategies as compared with other established vendors. They might be new entrants in the market and require some more time before gaining significant traction. Emerging companies of the network traffic analyzer market are LogicMonitor, Kentik, Opsview, InMon Corp., Andrisoft, ntop, and NetVizura (Soneco)

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EVALUATION CRITERIA

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  • Breadth and Depth of Product Offering
    • Software Offered
    • Services
      • Integration and Deployment
      • Education and Training
      • Support and Maintenance
      • Consulting Services
      • Managed Services
      • Other services
    • Products/Solutions Offered
      • Bandwidth Monitoring
      • Traffic Analysis
      • Application Monitoring
      • Network Protocol Analysis
      • Network Behavior Anomaly Detection (DDOS, forensic and other security related solutions)
      • Network Capacity Planning
      • Others, Please Specify
  • Product Features and Functionality
    • Differential Pricing and Features to Meet Customer Needs
    • Product Features
      • In-Depth Insight
      • Alerting
      • Security threats and attacks
      • Performance monitoring
      • Flow Technologies
      • Event Log Monitoring
      • VoIP Analysis
      • Analytics
      • Artificial intelligence
      • Reporting
      • Dashboard
      • Filtering
      • Network Troubleshooting
      • Other features
    • Deployment Model
      • Cloud
      • On-Premises
      • Hybrid
  • Focus on Product Innovation
    • R&D Spend
    • New Products Launched
    • Number of Patents
  • Product Quality and Reliability
    • Differentiating Factor
    • Support Services
      • Technical Support
      • Customer Support
      • Sales Support
      • Others, please specify
    • Pre Sales Support
      • Software/Hardware Requirement Specification
      • Product Demos
      • Proof of Concept
      • Others activities
    • Delivery Models
      • Subscription/Licensing
      • Full Time Equivalent
      • Any others, please specify
    • Channel for Delivery of Support Services
      • On-Site Support
      • Remote Support

TOP VENDORS

    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • #

    CA Network Flow Analysis is integrated with various CA tools, such as Application Delivery Analysis, Unified Communications Monitor, Performance Center, and many other CA technologies and third-party IT management tools. CA Network Flow Analysis is one of the key components in CA Technologies Application-Driven Network Performance Management (ANPM) solution. The company offers professional services, such as implementation, consulting, application management, education and support services, management services to both government and commercial customers. CA also offers post-sale services to assist in upgradation, migration, and resolve query 24/7, and create and provide self-help documentation. CA Technologies invested approximately 15% of its total annual revenues in R&D (March 2017). The company uses a business model where it offers customers a broad range of licensing choices, such as on-premises licensing, perpetual licensing, subscription licensing, and flexible licensing

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    • Enterprise
    • New York, New York, United States
    • Founded: 1976
    • $1BN to $5BN
    • 10,001 to 15,000
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    Cisco NAM is available in various versions for end-users, namely, NAM Software 4.2, Prime NAM Software 5.0, prime NAM Software 5.1, Prime NAM Software 6.0, Prime NAM Software 6.1, and Prime NAM Software 6.2. Cisco delivers product offerings that are aimed to optimize network resource, security, and simplify the network infrastructure of services providers, data center providers, and enterprises. Cisco also offers Virtual NPM with which customers can monitor and analyze network systems at anytime and anywhere. Cisco has grabbed a pole position in the network traffic analyzer market by leveraging its Research and Development (R&D) capabilities and merging them with the offerings of the recently acquired companies. Cisco Stealthwatch provides a high level of security against advanced network threats. Stealthwatch captures real-time network data from devices, applications, and users to protect against threats, DDoS, and malware. This solution helps enterprises to mitigate the network security attacks by troubleshooting network system. It also helps enterprises to solve various issues related to compliance, data center security, cloud security, and security intelligence. Cisco also offers professional services including deployment of the solution, health monitoring of devices, proxy integration, and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) integration. Cisco’s customers include Westinghouse, Asiacell, Deloitte, Viacom, and Experian.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1984
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 50,001 to 75,000
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    It provides user-friendly dashboard to view all the network statistics. Capsa also offers VoIP analysis, alerts, task scheduler, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) flow analysis, and network security solutions. Based on functionality and price, Capsa is available in 3 editions, namely, Capsa enterprise, Capsa professional, and Capsa free. Colasoft has an online store for end-users to purchase its network management solution. The company has an online support center wherein all the information about product installation, deployment, product updates, and training materials is available.

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    • Enterprise
    • Founded: 2001
    • Startup
    • Brno, Czech Republic
    • Founded: 2007
    • Below $10 MN
    • 501 to 1,000
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    It also orchestrates network management tasks, such as network monitoring, network troubleshooting, application performance, and network provisioning that improves the operational efficiency of the network infrastructure. Furthermore, it collects the information about network traffic and bandwidth that allows network administrators to create an action plan for network management. It also generates traffic report and provides a detailed view about network traffic, application and bandwidth consumption. GenieATM has a range of features, such as traffic mining, DDoS detection and mitigation, traffic snapshot, network modelling, and anomaly detection. Moreover, the company offers support, professional services, and managed services for customers that include planning, deployment, implementation, training, and education services. GenieATM model is available in hardware as well as software solutions.

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    • Startup
    • Taipei, Taiwan
    • Founded: 2000
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
    • SME
    • Eden Prairie, Minnesota, US
    • Founded: 1982
    • $51MN to $100MN
    • 501 to 1,000
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    IMC’s network traffic analyzer provides real-time and historical report on application usage, bandwidth consumption, network visibility, intelligent traffic analysis, and application and protocol mapping. It supports NetFlow, sFlow, and Netstream flow technologies, and helps network managers to monitor and troubleshoot the entire network infrastructure. HPE assists end-users in implementation and deployment of network traffic analyzer solution along with support services that include remote and technical support services.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 2015
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 10,001 to 15,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
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    The insights about network traffic and bandwidth usage allow network managers to improve network infrastructure, services, and applications. In addition, WhatsUp Gold’s network traffic monitor solution assists in network traffic visibility, bandwidth capacity planning, and network troubleshooting. The network monitor analyzer supports various flow technologies, such as Cisco NetFlow, J-Flow, sFlow, and IPFIX. It also delivers alerts about network traffic, applications, bandwidth threshold, network protocols; and generates reports that help network administrator in analyzing the network. The company provides training, support, and technical services for enterprise customers. Ipswitch’s software and solutions are trusted by major firms, such as Citibank, AT&T, Ford, and Nestle.

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    • SME
    • Burlington, Massachusetts, US
    • Founded: 1991
    • $51MN to $100MN
    • 101 to 500
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    Kentik Detect supports all data formats, such as NetFlow v5 and v9, sFlow, J-Flow, cflowd, RFlow, IPFIX, SNMP, and BGP routing data. Network team can store the network data into the Kentik Data Engine (KDE), a distributed column store database. Kentik Detect offers a high level of security against DDoS attacks. It has in-built anomaly detection functionality and supports various DDoS mitigation solutions via technology integration partnerships, including with A10 Networks and Radware. The customer can access the Kentik Detect service on a subscription basis. Furthermore, Kentik Detect is a cost-effective solution providing open API integration for queries and requires zero maintenance cost. The company helps enterprises and service providers enhance network infrastructure at a reduced cost, improve efficiency, increase revenues, and optimize business processes.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
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    ManageEngine's NetFlow Analyzer leverages the flow technologies for network traffic and bandwidth analysis. NetFlow provides the real-time information about network and bandwidth in graphical form to analyze and monitor network application, traffic, and bandwidth. It also provides network forensic, app centric monitoring, and network capacity planning tool. NetFlow effectively supports voice, data, and video traffic. It can monitor and analyze the network traffic from different devices such as Cisco, 3COM, HPE, Extreme, and Juniper. NetFlow analyzer is also available on the mobile app. Its major benefits include bandwidth reporting, network traffic, application performance, protocol monitoring, network security, network troubleshooting, network reports, and site-to-site traffic monitoring. NetFlow has been deployed by some major companies, such as Broadcom, DHL, FedEx, and IBM. For SMEs, ManageEngine delivers some free networking tools: ping tool, SNMP, Management Information Base (MIB) browser, windows health monitor, and syslog forwarder. ManageEngine supports customer enquiries via phone and mail. Furthermore, it also offers onsite training, classroom training, and online training for customers.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Startup
    • Saint Paul, Minnesota, US
    • Founded: 1996
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • Founded: 1899
    • $5BN to $10BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • #

    Netflow Auditor is comprised of Standalone, Clustering and Hierarchical Collection; Threat Intelligence; Machine Learning-based Anomaly Detection and Automated Diagnostics; Application Mapping, Correlation and Flexible Templates; and Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM) / Billing. Standalone, Clustering and Hierarchical Collection architecture options enable a cost-effective high compliance network traffic transaction logging with forensic analysis tools to perform data mining on any aspect of flow data from simple performance analytics to complex cyber-security profiling. Threat Intelligence based on global threat knowledge powers an advanced threat intelligence engine correlating, identifying and detailing communications with nefarious end-points in real-time that are known to be risky such as Ransomware, ToR, Botnets, Malware and illicit Peer-to-Peer (P2P) traffic. Machine Learning-based Anomaly Detection and Automated Diagnostics consists of a comprehensive IDS comprised of machine learning, detection and diagnostic engines that work together to find network behavior anomalies with automated problem-solving processes to pinpoint, mitigate and qualify the reason(s) for an anomaly. Netflow Auditor scales in architecture and licensing and is therefore suitable for enterprises of any size and is available for on-premises and cloud deployments. Multi-tenancy collection, portal and automated reporting, provides the ability to run as a SaaS service and suits MSPs and ISP’s who are seeking to deliver advanced threat Intelligence and network analytics. Granular journaling is well suited to fulfilling Internet Data Retention Compliance by governments and organizations and tracking IoT communications. Unique privacy award winning methods allow tuning and tagging of network traffic information enabling it to moderate both privacy concerns of end-users and compliance requirements balancing accounting and accountability.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
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    The solution offered by NETSCOUT is powered by its proprietary Adaptive Service Intelligence (ASI) technology. ASI is its next-generation traffic analysis technology. The solution powered by ASI continuously monitors customer’s service delivery environment to provide deep insight into network-based security threats and identify network performance issues. The company’s ASI technologybased software analytics gathers and converts real-time terabytes of network traffic data into high actionable information. This valuable information helps customers to manage applications, optimize network performance, improve network security, and helps end-users gain insight. NETSCOUT integrates it solutions with solutions of other companies such as Cisco Systems, Citrix Systems, Dell, IBM, HP, and VMWare

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
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    Network administrators can access all the network statistics via Web 2.0 Graphical User Interface (GUI). In addition, VitalSuite flow software collects all the network data from routers including NetFlow and sFlow records. These records provide information about network traffic and bandwidth consumption which helps network managers to understand the network infrastructure better. VitalSuite can be integrated with other network management systems. VitalSuite is used by SMEs, large enterprises, and service providers across the globe. Nokia provides support and training services for end-users including Nokia network online services, online customer services, and product information center. The company also offers implementation, maintenance, and managed services for customers.

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    • Enterprise
    • Uusimaa, Finland
    • Founded: 1865
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
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    It also helps network security professionals to combat against network security threats and malware by delivering contextual forensics information from available metadata. Plixer offers scalability and flexibility through its Scrutinizer network traffic analyzer solution for IoT, BYOD, and virtual machines environments to monitor unpredictable network and application traffic. Scrutinizer supports various flow technologies NetFlow, IPFIX, sFlow, J-Flow, and Netstream and it can be integrated with third-party network monitoring tools such as Cisco, Infoblox, SolarWinds, HPE, Ipswitch, Splunk, and Spiceworks. Plixer delivers its solutions to service providers and enterprises. Furthermore, the company assists end-users in implementing hardware and software solutions for support services.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
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    The company offers enterprise edition network management products, which consist integrated component, web servers, and databases. These enterprise-class network management products are designed to work together. SolarWinds also helps network administrators to purchase and deploy individual products as per their requirements. Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds’ flagship product, is a server-based performance and fault management platform and is designed to lower the network downtime. NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is a network traffic analyzer and bandwidth monitoring software. NetFlow Traffic Analyzer gathers data from various network devices using Cisco Systems’ NetFlow protocol and other related protocols. The data provides an extensive view of the network, which enables network administrators to know which end-users, applications, and protocols are consuming more bandwidth. NetFlow Traffic Analyzer offers capabilities, such as network traffic analysis, bandwidth monitoring, performance analysis dashboard, customizable network traffic reports, Wireless Local Area Network (LAN) Controller (WLC) traffic monitoring, and Next Generation Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR2) advanced application recognition. SolarWinds’ network and systems management software are built on Orion platform. The cloud-based products of SolarWinds are used to manage and monitor application infrastructure in the cloud as well as in the onpremises environment.

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    • SME
    • Austin, Texas, US
    • Founded: 1999
    • $101MN to $500MN
    • 1,001 to 5,000

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