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).
Nmap is ranked 38th in Network Monitoring Software with 1 review while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is ranked 6th in Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) with 7 reviews. Nmap is rated 9.0, while SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Nmap writes "It's an easy-to-use security solution with a simple command-line interface ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer writes "User-friendly and helps in troubleshooting issues and analyzing utilization". Nmap is most compared with Azure Network Watcher, SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor, ExtraHop Reveal(x) for IT Operations and vRealize Network Insight, whereas SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer is most compared with Cisco Stealthwatch, Auvik, Zabbix, Plixer Scrutinizer and Centreon.
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