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AppNeta

5 Ratings

Nmap

15 Ratings

AppNeta

5 Ratings
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Score 5.5 out of 101

Nmap

15 Ratings
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Score 8.6 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

AppNeta

AppNeta is well suited any place where there are customer facing applications where speed/efficiency determines the customer perception of business service.
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Nmap

NMap is well suited to just about any situation, network size, or complexity. Some have brought up the point that NMap's proxy settings need work. I haven't used NMap with a proxy. NMap is my "go to" tool for a cursory security sweep. Once a problem is found, I can perform a deeper dive scan on a system or a network. I wouldn't, and don't, use NMap as my only security tool. No single tool has all the answers. For example, it is not a Wireshark in that it does not capture packets or analyze them. It is basically a port scanner, host discovery, OS detection tool.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

AppNeta
Nmap
8.4
Automated network device discovery
AppNeta
Nmap
10.0
Network monitoring
AppNeta
Nmap
7.0
Baseline threshold calculation
AppNeta
Nmap
7.0
Network mapping
AppNeta
Nmap
8.5
Customizable reports
AppNeta
Nmap
9.0
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
AppNeta
Nmap
9.0

Pros

  • AppNeta provides detailed application availability & uptime.
  • AppNeta provides great longitudinal data regarding how the applications perform including an overall grade or "AppDex."
  • AppNeta sends notifications of service downtime that aids in technical dispatch.
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  • NMap provides a very fast and a very thorough network "sweep" that allows you to quickly map out exactly what's on your network.
  • NMap is highly configurable. The "canned" choices are very good in most instances, but using various switches and options, you can create a very specific scan and get exactly the results you're looking for.
  • NMap is easy to use. Even a new administrator will be able to use the graphical version (Zenmap) with efficiency right away.
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Cons

  • AppNeta could bundle all of their applications together. We received a demo for TraceView which allows insight on specific DB & API calls which is very valuable, but was not part of our original agreement/pricing structure.
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  • Running stealthier scans would be a bonus. Current scans are pretty noisy.
  • Scans run fast, which sometimes can make it look like a system is being attacked. There is a slow, comprehensive scan option, though.
  • NMap scripts are written in Lua, which is not a mainstream language.
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Alternatives Considered

We currently use Nagios/GroundWork and Cacti to perform network monitoring. AppNeta's UI is far superior.
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I've used several very good network scanners, but NMap is really the choice for most security professionals and IT professionals who do security work. All the other tools are good, but they all lack some of NMap's flexibility, scalability, and numerous options for scan customization. NMap can be run at the command on a schedule for automated discovery and reporting. It has scan comparison and the capability to create scan profiles that can be used as "canned" scans without reinventing and forgetting options.
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Return on Investment

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  • NMap being free of charge has a positive impact on our budget. It is an enterprise-class tool that anyone can download and use.
  • NMap, both command line and GUI, is a very advanced tool that is easy to use, so there's very little learning curve involved, which has a positive impact on productivity and security.
  • A valuable feature that is a huge time saver is that you can compare scans. This saves hours of searching manually for differences in scan results. Faster results means faster mitigation of problems, which can be a real money saver.
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Pricing Details

AppNeta

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Nmap

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details