Network performance monitoringDowntime degrades the user experience and risks revenue, thereby causing widespread pain and possible strategic failures. Second only to unavailability, sluggish network performance brings its own set of obstacles to organisations. Key to preventing these factors from hamstringing your company’s productivity is to implement network performance monitoring regiments that acquire around the clock statistics on bandwidth utilisation, health of networking devices, application performance and security vulnerabilities.

The problem with outdated monitoring solutions

Many organisations rely on monitoring solutions that have become antiquated with little or no support. This is a problem for IT managers who may labor under the impression that their solution is feeding them network statistics and data that give them the vantage point they need over their environments. Many are put off by the cost, labor and re-education of staff associated with introducing a new monitoring solution. This creates a false economy that can lead to disaster that otherwise could have been prevented. If your network monitoring solution paints only half the picture, you might miss out on critical network metrics that you’re simply not getting.

The importance of visualization

Data visualization communicates complex information to IT staff in a way that makes it clear and easy to understand. The volumes of data generated by a single log file can be staggering. Now imaging having to sift through countless logs to find a certain piece of information. Years ago, IT staff were required to “read” and search through logs to locate the information that were looking for. Thanks to powerful visualization technological advances, visualization of large quantities of data now makes data consumption a much easier task, freeing up countless resources and shortening the time between problem identification and resolution.

Visualization helps IT staff analyze and debate matters concerning the network with information that is valuable, visible and usable. Well-designed network performance monitoring tools leverage the power of visualization to give context to volumes of information and allows them to draw make comparative and predictive analyses that aid in network upkeep, upgrade and expansion.

The problem with disparate monitoring solutions

Any software that functions in a silo does only half its intended job – at best. Bustling operations centres that support complex networks demand central access to network statistics and information that is easy to decode, available on-demand and organised for fast analysis. The complexity of the modern network means monitoring various incoming channels of information and alerts from multiple sources. Integrated network performance monitoring and management solutions offer central access to large databases of network data that is stored and organised for fast analysis, moving IT toward to more proactive way of working.

Disparate systems often require dedicated “specialists” to interpret data from a particular system, creating obstacles to leveraging information to your advantage. This divorced way of looking at a large-scale network often leads to misinterpretation of metrics, lack of synergy between divisions that ultimately result in an underperforming network.

Why you need a centralised network performance monitoring solution

Systems integration means centralised access to data for IT staff. This creates collaborative working environments that cut out time wasting processes associated with outdated, disparate monitoring solutions. The ability to access real-time and historic network metrics from a single data source increases IT’s ability to make informed-decisions in the shortest time possible. Network capacity planning is done with precision, thanks to the availability of holistic data available to IT managers without the reliance on staff to interpret information.

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