Evaluating Network Monitoring Solutions? Top Things to Consider [Webinar Recap]

Modern networks are constantly growing and changing. Without a proper network monitoring tool, it can be hard to keep up. Whether you’re just starting to look for a solution or your current software is up for renewal, understanding what to look for will make finding the right solution easy. In a recent webinar, Kevin Jackson, Technical Solutions Consultant at HelpSystems, walks you through the top things to consider as you evaluate network monitoring solutions.


Why Look for a Network Monitoring Solution?

Network professionals are judged on the time it takes to find and solve issues. That’s because the costs of downtime can cause major impacts to the business. But that’s only half the battle. Network professionals also need to ensure that their networks are meeting performance needs. When things slow down, you’re the first to blame. Network monitoring tools help you discover issues before they cause major problems so you can avoid downtime and keep your network running at optimal levels.

Why Switch Network Monitoring Solutions?

One of the biggest reasons people switch their network monitoring software is because of cost. In most cases, IT is tasked with creating diamonds out of coal—finding a solution that has all the features and requirements necessary, but that fits within budget constraints. When you realize you’re paying for features you don’t use, you’re missing critical features, or costs start to rise, it’s time to look for an alternative solution.

What to Consider for Network Monitoring Software

First, look at product capabilities. You want a solution that allows you to see your full environment, not just IT, with real-time functionality. Look for a tool that gives you an overarching look at your network as it stands, that shows you the physical layout, logical components, and the applications being used. A solution with auto-discovery shows you when new technology joins your existing environment, so you always have access to the most accurate information about your network.

Another important consideration is ease of use. Ask how long it takes to get up and running and if there’s proper documentation provided. You don’t want a solution that takes you months to figure out and deploy and requires intense training. If you trial a solution, find out the process of going from trial to production. Do you have to re-create your environment or can you carry on using the tool?

And since budget is generally a big component, find out how the product is priced. Is it per device? Will it easily scale with your organization or will you have to purchase many add on products to get the coverage you need. On the flipside, you also want to ensure you’re not paying for things you don’t need. Determine the features vs the cost so you don’t end up spending a lot to only use 5% of the features.

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