If you have IT infrastructure up and working for you, it’s evident that you’ll have to manage it well. For some, it’s all about compliance and mandates but for most others it’s for a lot of reasons like reliability, security and smooth business operations. Monitoring your network makes for a compelling case in IT management because once IT networks go down, all hell breaks loose. Here are five very strong reasons why you should seriously consider network monitoring:
Take the pro-active approach to network management, because that’s the way
Networks have multiple elements that make it up – the computers (clients), servers, switches, routers, database systems, archiving systems, etc. As for most things that we depend on, all of these elements together make networks work. There are two ways of dealing with breakdowns within a network: wait for things to happen or for performance issues to surface or go the pro-active way and maintain a healthy, fully-functional network by vigilant monitoring. Which way would you go?
Know the map first, place the pins later
Monitoring your network allows you to get a holistic view of your entire topology of your network including the hierarchy and the elements (nodes) therein. Once you are able to visualize which element resides where and what can possibly go wrong, you are literally on top of your network management. Starting from here also allows you to dig into deeper aspects of network design best practices, make necessary changes when you needed, scale up the network when your business demands.
When you are too busy to notice
Let’s admit it: we can’t be looking into computer screens all day long; at least not just one screen that displays networking activity. When you are away from the system or when you are not looking, what happens when a network breach occurs? What would you do if a system or some part of the network infrastructure is down? That’s when the auditory and visual alert systems of any network monitoring software would come into play. Based on these alerts, you will be able to respond with promptness and agility and restore your network back to working condition quickly.
Track trends and save time
A robust network monitoring system gives you a snap shot of the elements within the network, how the connections are, and what exactly is happening within the network at all points of time during operations. Every detail can be panned out and you can even get into nitty-gritty such as IP addresses, vendor names, switch and route details, connection time spans, etc. Can you imagine the amount of time that saves for you? In fact, plenty of network administrators opine that this feature alone is enough to justify using network monitoring software.
Further, you will be able to discern trends in your network. Does your company consume bandwidth on an increasing basis or a decreasing basis? How is the traffic situation on your network? How has been the historical performance of any particular device on your network? By using a network monitoring software, you will be able to have all this information on your finger tips.