Top reasons to implement a Network Monitoring SystemPW Data Group
Why use Network Monitoring?
Network monitoring brings the following benefits:
- Optimize network reliability
- Visualise network topology
- Stay in touch with your network
- Understand capacity utilisation
- Troubleshoot device and traffic issues
- Save time in network administration
- Track trends
- Improve the bottom line
The most basic function of a network monitoring solution is to indicate whether a device (such as a router, switch, server, database, etc.) is working or not. You don’t want to have to wait for the phone to start ringing because people are experiencing performance issues. A proactive approach to maintaining a healthy network keeps help desk requests to a minimum.
Once you map out your network topology you can identify weak spots and choke points. You will be in a better position to implement best practice network design. The ability to see your entire network at a glance whether in a geographical, physical or hierarchical view gives quick visibility to trouble spots and opportunities for improvement. Furthermore, in the event of a failure, an accurate picture of the pre-outage network helps troubleshooting.
Stay in Touch
As a busy IT professional, you are not always watching the screen to learn about performance issues. The alerting function of a monitoring system can be configured to create visual and auditory alerts, as well as sending an email to a home computer or a message to a mobile device. These alerts allow you to respond quickly to network performance issues and minimize the effect of downtime associated with any malfunctioning equipment.
As utilisation of your network grows, you will want to plan for additional devices and bandwidth to stay ahead of demand. A flexible and powerful monitoring system allows you to see when performance slows. Thus, you can react to maintain adequate service levels.
Using an easy-to-understand diagram, a network map gives critical visibility by allowing you to check any individual device. Important performance statistics (such as availability, packet loss, response time, traffic, error rates, etc.) help to diagnose problems on your network.
A comprehensive network map shows the physical connections on your network. A robust network monitoring system should give you a device inventory and show you where individual IPs are connected, by switch, vendor, and even VLAN.
It can even help find strategic locations for wireless access points.
Charting out trends is an important tool to understand the historical performance of a device. Reviewing basic reports helps identify intermittent problems and allows for corrective measures to be taken.
Improve the Bottom Line
Monitoring software makes you more productive by saving time on network management, while decreasing operating costs. Furthermore, because you are aware of current or impending problems, you can correct or even avert downtime, letting your colleagues work productively. In a networked world, you need to be sure that your public facing services are “open for business”.
These are compelling reasons why network monitoring software is essential in helping the IT professional at a SMB optimize performance. You need a network monitoring solution with a broad array of features. Choosing the right software can help you achieve these high level goals with only a minimal investment of resources into network administration.