Documentation forNetFlow Traffic Analyzer
Analyzing network traffic and bandwidth is a key capability of Hybrid Cloud Observability Advanced and is also available in a standalone module, NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA). Hybrid Cloud Observability Advanced and NTA are built on the self-hosted SolarWinds Platform.

NTA Flow Storage database maintenance

Retention period

Maintaining the NTA Flow Storage database requires setting a retention period that corresponds with the amount of data you need to keep and the free disk space available on your NTA Flow Storage database disk.

Retention Period specifies the time for which flow data are stored in the database until they expire and are permanently deleted.

To optimize the retention period for your NTA Flow Storage database, collect data for a few days. You should then have an idea of the volume of data your network produces with NetFlow enabled. Consider the space taken up by the database, and then adjust the retention period accordingly.

NTA SQL Flow Storage database backups

Backups protect you from data loss caused by hardware failure, viruses, accidental deletion, or natural disasters.

Backups maintain database size and create restoration points for data recovery.

With NTA, you can create and restore backups of your database. For more information on backing up the NTA SQL Flow Storage database, see Back up and restore the database for SolarWinds Platform products.