Azure Network Watcher vs Nmap comparison

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We performed a comparison between Azure Network Watcher and Nmap based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Network Monitoring Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Azure Network Watcher vs. Nmap Report (Updated: March 2023).
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  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "Price-wise, I have no information on how much Azure Network Watcher costs."
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  • "The solution is open source so it is free."
  • "Nmap is open source software, which suits us well because we are a manufacturing company and not an IT company, for example. If we were an IT company, we would probably need to pay for extra support or instead go for another software solution. But as it is, we don't have any need for high-end troubleshooting tools."
  • "I am using the standard free version of Nmap."
  • "The solution is free of cost, but there are specific services that we have to buy."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Azure Network Watcher is using the gateways with the connections. The monitoring is useful… more »
    Top Answer:The solution could improve by limiting the need to clarify the logs. When the clarification is minimized, it is better… more »
    Top Answer:The best feature of Nmap is that it lets me see useful information about each endpoint in my entire network environment… more »
    Top Answer:I have a network consisting of about 800 machines running either Windows, Linux, or macOS, with a security firewall… more »
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    The Juniper Mist Premium Analytics cloud service offers network visibility and business intelligence to drive your digital transformation journey. This service provides insights into your network and business operations while overcoming the complex challenges associated with the influx of big data from the multitude of networks and clients.

    Azure Network Watcher provides tools to monitor, diagnose, view metrics, and enable or disable logs for resources in an Azure virtual network. Network Watcher is designed to monitor and repair the network health of IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) products which includes Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks, Application Gateways, Load balancers, etc. Note: It is not intended for and will not work for PaaS monitoring or Web analytics.

    Nmap ("Network Mapper") is a free and open source (license) utility for network discovery and security auditing. Many systems and network administrators also find it useful for tasks such as network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, but works fine against single hosts. Nmap runs on all major computer operating systems, and official binary packages are available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. In addition to the classic command-line Nmap executable, the Nmap suite includes an advanced GUI and results viewer (Zenmap), a flexible data transfer, redirection, and debugging tool (Ncat), a utility for comparing scan results (Ndiff), and a packet generation and response analysis tool (Nping).

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    Lockheed Martin, Eastern Bank Boston, Perspecta, Harris Corporation, Discovery Communication
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Educational Organization8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business43%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business50%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Azure Network Watcher vs. Nmap
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Network Watcher vs. Nmap and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
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    Azure Network Watcher is ranked 28th in Network Monitoring Software with 7 reviews while Nmap is ranked 26th in Network Monitoring Software with 6 reviews. Azure Network Watcher is rated 8.0, while Nmap is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Azure Network Watcher writes "Beneficial monitoring, useful application insight, and reliable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Nmap writes "Free networking tool that lets us quickly check for open ports and gather MAC addresses". Azure Network Watcher is most compared with PRTG Network Monitor, Microsoft Network Monitor, Meraki Dashboard, SCOM and SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, whereas Nmap is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor, Claroty Platform, Zabbix and Nagios Core. See our Azure Network Watcher vs. Nmap report.

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