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Score 7 out of 100
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Score 9.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Data Center Network Manager

If you need to zone hosts and targets on a regular basis and have either MDS9000 or Nexus 5000 switches then Data Center Network Manager is a valuable tool. It also provides diagnostic capabilities.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nmap

If you're a sysadmin, or anyone who's had to deploy network services, you've almost certainly had to use Nmap at some point or other. Need to see what devices are on your LAN? Nmap can tell you that. Want to check which ports your web server has open to the internet? Nmap is your friend.
Nmap is a powerful command-line tool and has many options that require some reading of documentation to get the best out of (although generally straightforward). If the thought of working at the command-line scares you (presumably not if you're reading this review), then you may want a much simpler tool, or at least check out Zenmap GUI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
8.2
Automated network device discovery
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
8.3
Network monitoring
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
9.0
Baseline threshold calculation
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
9.2
Alerts
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
9.2
Network capacity planning
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
7.3
Packet capture analysis
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
7.1
Network mapping
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
9.5
Customizable reports
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
6.7
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
9.1
Hardware health monitoring
Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
6.6

Pros

Cisco Data Center Network Manager

  • Provides a graphical user interface for zoning your fiber connected servers and storage.
  • It has an easysy to follow workflow.
  • Enables us to configure and deploy configurations without downtime.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nmap

  • 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.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Data Center Network Manager

  • In rare cases you still need to use the command line interface to perform certain operations.
  • Had some conflicts while deploying DCNM which tried to use TCP ports which were in use by an other application.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nmap

  • exporting, There's a serious lack of ability to export the information in a readable format to present to VPs and such. I always find myself doing a lot of data massaging to get it in a pretty format
  • some scans can trigger sensitive IDS/IPS
  • SYN scans can be particularly aggressive and cause problems on remote systems.
Mike Nostrom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Data Center Network Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Nmap

Nmap 8.3
Based on 18 answers
There is a very large support community and a robust selection of add-ons and scripts. Once you get the use down this is one of the most powerful tools and you can find anything you are looking for as far as examples on the web. While not having official support its not lacking by any means.
Alan Matson, CCNA:S, MCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Data Center Network Manager

No answers on this topic

Nmap

Alternatives to Nmap (other IP scanners) are often much more limited in what they can do; They often only allow you to scan a specific subset of ports or a limited number of IP addresses in one command. Nmap is unrestricted in that regard. What makes Nmap stand out above the rest, is the complete network analysis package you get with it. It allows IP scanner, network deep-dives, hardware analysis, vulnerability analysis, encryption detailing, and so much more, in one free application
Dylan Eikelenboom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Data Center Network Manager

  • Made it easier to manage our fiber Storage Area Network in our datacenter.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nmap

  • Positive return as it's open-source (free) on all OS's.
  • If a person is not used of the command line there are a ton of front ends that make it point-and-click so the learning curve is good. That cuts down on time and manpower.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Data Center Network Manager

General

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

Nmap

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Data Center Network Manager
6.4
Nmap
9.7

Support Rating

Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Nmap
8.3

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