Many businesses now rely on a data center, be it onsite or offsite, to keep their IT infrastructure running. With such significance to daily operations, it has become essential for network monitoring to be put in place. Especially since networks have now evolved from linear connections to more complex designs that don’t just include work stations, but also remote users, mobile devices, and cloud-hosted services.
What these network monitoring software and services do is aid the IT experts in ensuring high availability of your network, troubleshoot issues and outages, track your capacity needs and foresee performance issues before they can affect your system. Because of this, they can provide comprehensive data on your file servers, storage devices, databases, and applications.
With all that it does, it is therefore crucial for business to have a network monitoring and management strategy in place. The smallest issue when not tended to immediately can cause downtime that can cost business huge losses.
A high availability and high performance network is the result of a solid network monitoring strategy.
Consider these IT best practices with your strategy:
Monitor and communicate at every level
When you’ve got a complex network design, each element of data transfer performs as an individual layer. This means that when data connection within the network fails, it can happen at any one or several of these layers. Make sure that you incorporate a system that supports oversight and reporting at al layers. This makes detection and troubleshooting easier as this helps the monitoring tools reveal where the issue is coming from, whether it’s from the server, router, bandwidth, or hardware.
Alert the appropriate people at the right time
Monitoring and reporting of any issue at every level will only be effective if the notifications and alerts are sent to the right people at the right time, all the time. Make sure that in a company with large networks and multiple administrators, each alert is sent to the administrator responsible. Having this in place for an efficient analysis and problem solving and greatly reduces the risk of network disruption.
Document baseline network behavior
The most effective way to determine a network disruption is to compare it with the standard network behavior. Document the normal network behavior over time and set it against every layer of component in your system when incorporating monitoring and alerts.
Manage configuration closely and clearly
Make sure that you have IT experts when building your network, be it simple or an intricate one, as some issues stem from incorrect configurations to your network. There also has to be a process that includes approval and documentation of any network changes. This way, network administrators are still in control and keep an eye on the changes being made and control the access security.
Network monitoring is essential to have a successful high performance IT infrastructure. Make sure you have one in place and that your network is configured right. If you're not sure, you can schedule a free newtork assessment with us and we will take you up to speed with your network.