I'm happy to announce that NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) 3.10 has recently reached Beta status. We have completed the bulk of the development effort and are now focused on testing the latest release of NTA. This is your chance to install the latest version and provide feedback on the new features and fixes. Providing feedback during the beta is the best way to ensure that your feedback will be incorporated in to the release. To participate, simply fill out this survey and you will be sent the download links for the Beta. Remember, Betas cannot be installed in production and you cannot upgrade the Beta to any other future versions.

 

If you are curious what made it in to the beta, you can see the "What we are working on" post and the Ideas and Feature Requests for NTA marked as "Working on". While you are there, go ahead and open any requests you are interested in.

 

Below is a quick recap of the new features.

 

1. Localized support in Japanese.

2. Support for sFlow v2 and v4.

3. General support for monitoring flows on "un-managenable" interfaces. NTA netflow anlayzer software currently requires an interface to be managed by NPM before it can receive flows from it. With this change, we can create an un-managable interface to be monitored by NPM network monitoring software to correlate the flows with. This was primarily done to support the vSwitch which we cannot poll via SNMP to correlate the ifIndex on the device with the ifIndex in the flows. However, this also applies to other devices that send flows but there is not a related interface to match the flows with.

4. New Charts

If you have been watching NPM, then you will be aware that we have been working on updating the charting package for the entire Orion Platform family. NPM network monitor is currently providing these charts as a customer technology preview (CTP). NTA will be the first Orion product to ship these new charts by default! The screenshots below don't do justice to these new charts. They load much faster than the current charts and are interactive, the best way to see them in action is to try out the beta!

 

NetFlow Top 5 Applications Chart.png

NetFlow Top 5 Applications Stacked Chart.png

 

NetFlow Top 5 Applications Bar Chart.png

 

The new charts support a nice hover that allows you to see specific values. One of the biggest improvements in NTA bandwidth monitor is the ability to click and drag to zoom on interesting areas in a chart to get more detail. Also, many users have requested better context on Top 5 or Top 10 graphs. To provide this, we have added the Remaining Traffic row at the bottom of the Top XX charts to so you can use NTA effectively for network traffic monitoring, and see how many bytes or packets the other traffic represents in aggregate.

 

If you haven't done so already, go ahead and fill out the survey so you can start experimenting with the new beta!

SolarWinds NTA 3.10 Beta Survey