Network monitoring involves constantly supervising and gathering information about a computer network for slow or failing systems, as well as usage and performance, and informing your IT department in the event of outages or less-than-optimal performance via email and text messages. Network monitoring of your business computer network is a critical IT function that can save money in network performance, employee productivity, and infrastructure cost overruns. A network monitoring system monitors an internal network for problems and preemptively identifies issues such as low drive space, virus infection, and degrading hardware. This can reduce the impact these problems can have on your business productivity.
Layer 7 Data Solutions effective network monitoring cuts down on the time between system failure and troubleshooting by implementing or fine tuning your existing monitoring tools to help you achieve the following:
Reliability: Network monitoring can let you know if a server fails, if a service stops responding, or if you are in danger of running out of disk space. This ensures a proactive approach to dealing with issues as opposed to waiting for your staff to inform IT of a problem.
Stay informed: Network monitoring systems will alert the IT administrator of performance issues or failure events by sending a variety of alerts via email or mobile devices. This allows your IT administrator, regardless of where they are, to be aware of issues. Layer 7 Data Solutions can monitor your critical systems 24/7 so that your business operates effectively.
Capacity: Having a thorough understanding of how your devices are being used allows you to proactively identify areas that require additional disk space and to grow your infrastructure in a controlled manner.
Troubleshooting: With network monitoring, you can quickly identify the device that is causing the problem, thereby limiting your downtime and the time wasted trying to diagnose the issue.
Track trends: Problems that occur intermittently or at certain peak times may be hard to pinpoint in the moment, but ongoing network monitoring reports allow you to understand key trends in the performance and general health of your network.
Plan for upgrades and changes: If a device is constantly running near its limit, this may be the time to make a change. Network monitoring of applications allows you to track this type of data and plan ahead to make appropriate changes with ease.
Ensure security systems are operating properly: Without network monitoring, there is no way to ensure that expensive and mission critical security systems are performing their functions. One example you may not be familiar with is your firewall, which protects your data and allows for secure Internet connectivity.
Save money: Reduce downtime and investigation time as fewer hours worked means less money spent when problems occur and greater productivity across your organization.
Increase profits: Avoiding financial losses caused by undetected system failures is the ultimate result of being able to proactively point out and deal with network issues. All of your mission-critical services will run smoothly more often with a monitoring service, which gives you more time to run your business.