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Azure Network Watcher is the #50 ranked solution in our list of best Network Monitoring Tools. It is most often compared to Nmap: Azure Network Watcher vs Nmap

What is Azure Network Watcher?

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.

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Youssef Samir
Cloud Solution Architect at KlayyTech
Real User
Top 5
Stable and provides good visibility, but the setup is complex, and graphs should be more granular

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for traffic monitoring. For example, when you want to see requests or inspect packets within your cloud network, to see how the traffic is flowing, or how the traffic and the packets are being transmitted from one host to another, and from one source or resource to another.

Pros and Cons

  • "It provides good visibility."
  • "The initial setup and deployment could be improved to be simplified."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Azure Network Watcher a six out of ten.
Sr IT Engineer / Manager at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
A good solution that is stable and makes it easy to view logs

What is our primary use case?

Network Watcher allows you to see the logs to see what's going in and what's going out. You have got to set it up to see that, however, I haven't played much with it. That's why I was looking for something more granular, something that I'm more used to, like the FortiGate Firewall.

What is most valuable?

I've used it to get some logs and see what's going on to the network, however, that's about it. The solution is stable. Overall, the solution seems to be pretty good. 

What needs improvement?

Azure is good, however, the Fortinet GUI is more intuitive and I like it more than anything else.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for maybe a year or so. I haven't used it for that long just yet.

What do I think about the