Every day, I talk to IT folks who are facing significant challenges as they try to keep their networks healthy. Users call to complain about a network slowdown, and the network administrator lacks visibility to actually see where it originated. Keeping network inventories up-to-date becomes burdensome because new devices are added too often. When remote locations lose connectivity, headquarters has no way to remotely access the network, which means you have to take time out of your day to troubleshoot in person. And the list goes on. We hear these things so often, we created an infographic of the top eight challenges with network monitoring to show you you’re not alone.
So how can you avoid wasted time, lost productivity, and subpar network performance… without spending your whole day wrapped up in network issues?
The four major themes we hear about most—visibility, preventing outages, detecting issues, and maintaining remote connectivity—can all be solved with the right network monitoring software tools.
In the videos below, I go in-depth on these four major themes and how software can help. Each video is about half an hour long. If you’re strapped for time, I’ve also written up short summaries of the content that you can read in about five minutes.
My hope is that you’ll see these issues are more common than you think, and that with the right tools, you’ll have all the information you need to solve them faster—before they become critical.
Without the ability to really see what’s happening on your network, you won’t get very far with troubleshooting performance issues. In “Seeing is Believing in the World of Network Mapping,” I discuss why every network professional should prioritize visibility, and how to get at-a-glance visibility into connections between network devices.
IT is under a lot of pressure to stave off any kind of outage, but especially for core routers, switches, and servers that run your most critical business operations. We’ll unpack the importance of close equipment monitoring and how to “Be the Hero with Network Monitoring Software” in this webinar.
3.Detecting IT issues
When you see something’s wrong on the network, the faster you can fix it, the better. But what happens when you don’t know why a device failed in the first place? Network monitoring software helps you answer the question “Where do I start?”
4.Staying connected with remote sites
This challenge is especially important for multi-location businesses, IT consultants, and managed service providers (MSPs) who all need real-time visibility but aren’t necessarily on-site all the time. “Staying Connected to your Network with Remote Monitoring” becomes simple with the right tools.