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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Network Performance Monitoring

    Foglight

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Nmap

    81%
    Nmap ranks higher in 10/10 features

    Automated network device discovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    13 Ratings

    Network monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    13 Ratings

    Baseline threshold calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    7 Ratings

    Alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    4 Ratings

    Network capacity planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    7 Ratings

    Packet capture analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    6 Ratings

    Network mapping

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    18 Ratings

    Customizable reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.5
    45%
    11 Ratings

    Wireless infrastructure monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    8 Ratings

    Hardware health monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    5 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Nmap is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.6

    Foglight

    86%
    6 Ratings
    9.7

    Nmap

    97%
    20 Ratings

    Support Rating

    Foglight

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7

    Nmap

    87%
    18 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Quest Software

    Strengths [Foglight]
    • Monitoring, Alerting and Management of on-prem virtualization and physical servers
    • Historical trending and baselining are excellent and being able to compare a problem period against the same sets of data for a period when there was no issue is especially helpful as part of troubleshooting.
    • Ease of use for end users is appreciated
    Weaknesses [of Foglight]
    • Creation and management of custom monitors is a developer level activity requiring Groovy skillset
    • Less useful for management of an environment where there is a large amount of custom implementations
    • Commitment to longevity of cartridges/packs for specific subsystems
    • Ability to create custom schedules/alerts/escalations is only available via a 3rd party product (from a former Quest developer) and is not particularly easy to manage/manipulate
    • Lack of API accessibility for external integrations to other analytics (splunk, etc.)
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    Open Source

    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.
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    Pros

    Quest Software

    • Foglight NMS is very light on resources given the amount of monitoring connectivity options it provides. It is one of the few that I've trialed in the past that offers SNMP v3 connections.
    • The dashboard is concise with the main areas of interest. It can be customized as well if you have a particular use case.
    • Setting up alerts is straightforward with the ability to set custom thresholds. Alert emails get sent by configuring a primary mail server with the option to add a backup mail server in the event of a primary mail server outage or connectivity issues.
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    Open Source

    • 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

    Quest Software

    • GUI interface is difficult to navigate
    • No APM capabilities. They left this space about a year ago
    • We have had issues with the GUI response times. On a regular basis, the interface can take several minutes to refresh
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    Open Source

    • 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.
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    Pricing Details

    Foglight

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Foglight editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Nmap

      Starting Price

      $49,980 one-time fee

      Editions & Modules

      Nmap editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Nmap OEM Enterprise Redistribution License - Perpetual License$98,9801
      Nmap OEM Enterprise Redistribution License - Annual Maintenance Fee$23,9802
      Nmap OEM Enterprise Redistribution License - Quarterly Term Maintenance Fee$13,9803
      Nmap OEM Enterprise Redistribution License - 5 year prepay Maintenance Fee$95,9204
      Nmap OEM Mid-Sized Company Redistribution License - Perpetual License$79,9805
      Nmap OEM Mid-Sized Company Redistribution License - Annual Maintenance Fee$19,9806
      Nmap OEM Mid-Sized Company Redistribution License - Quarterly Term Maintenance Fee$11,9807
      Nmap OEM Mid-Sized Company Redistribution License - 5 year prepay Maintenance Fee$79,9208
      Nmap OEM Small/Startup Company Redistribution License - Perpetual License$49,9809
      Nmap OEM Small/Startup Company Redistribution License - Annual Maintenance Fee$14,98010
      Nmap OEM Small/Startup Company Redistribution License - Quarterly Term Maintenance Fee$7,98011
      Nmap OEM Small/Startup Company Redistribution License - 5 year prepay Maintenance Fee$59,92012

      Footnotes

      1. one-time fee per license
      2. per year per license
      3. Every Three Months per license
      4. Every Five Years per license
      5. one-time fee per license
      6. per year per license
      7. Every Three Months per license
      8. Every Five Years per license
      9. one-time fee per license
      10. per year per license
      11. Every Three Months per license
      12. Every Five Years per license

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      All perpetual licenses include a six-month trial period during which you can cancel for any reason and receive a full refund of all money paid (including maintenance). The term license is only a 3-month commitment and cal also be terminated with full refund during the first 30 days of the initial quarter.

      Support Rating

      Quest Software

      No answers on this topic

      Open Source

      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.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Quest Software

      We were previously using Oracle to monitor resources across servers and networks. In general, that product was alright but the Foglight alerts are far superior to Oracle. The business goal of using Foglight is really to minimize business interruption costs so the faster and more noticeable the alerts, the better the product is at solving our problems.
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      Open Source

      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
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      Return on Investment

      Quest Software

      • Foglight has a positive impact on my company by being a complete monitoring platform that specializes in risk assessment, user diagnosis and management, and server monitoring ensuring a secure business infrastructure through predictive analytics, query analysis, anomaly detection, behavior tracking, troubleshooting, automated discovery, and more.
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      Open Source

      • 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.
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