Why Integrate Network Monitoring in IT Projects?

August 14, 2015

2:00 pm

Technology is the backbone of any business, whether we are referring to a startup, a SME or a large company. Therefore, system failures are not only annoying, but a problem that can bring great losses, which means that preventing such incidents is essential.

In order to avoid these problems, you should consider network monitoring as an ally. There are at least two reasons for this: first, the certainty of being able to secure your own services and infrastructure. Secondly, the fact that monitoring is a useful tool for all companies, regardless of the branch of activity.

For most customers, the priority is to monitor the classic IT infrastructure, consisting of hardware, virtualized environments, applications and services. And, overall, equipment manufacturers already include basic monitoring features in their products. So, why is a monitoring service really needed?

Some IT departments use small monitoring tools in combination with free tracking tools, hoping to obtain comprehensive insights. However, this results in the creation of a segmented workflow, with insufficient management and alert functions. The solution would then be to use a professional network monitoring software.

Another important argument is that network monitoring, other than verifying whether applications are running, also displays the user’s perspective. In industry, for example, monitoring tools can observe machines and process chains. Configured as a central control station, a monitoring solution can transmit accurate error messages so that appropriate action can be taken quickly, to avoid long periods of inactivity.

One of the most well-known network monitoring tools, albeit quite basic, is ping. Everyone has heard about it, especially online gamers – if it is too high, then the game will be laggy, wrecking the entire experience. Ping is a software utility used to test the reachability of a host on an Internet Protocol (IP) network, as well as to measure the round-trip time for messages sent from the originating host to a destination computer and back.

Monitoring traffic is a fundamental task, one on which all other network-building and maintenance tasks are based. It generally focuses on resources that support internal end users. So network monitoring systems have evolved to oversee an assortment of devices, like cell phones, servers, desktops, routers, switches and so on.

Some network monitoring systems come with automatic discovery, which is the ability to continuously record devices as they are added, removed or undergo configuration changes. Beyond the obvious advantage of knowing exactly and in real time what you have deployed, automatic discovery and categorization of segments helps you plan for growth. Underused hardware can take on new functions, for example.

The possibilities and potential arising from network monitoring are almost limitless – they can be applied in diverse situations like control and regulate the flow of visitors in museums, evaluate gas prices and thus reduce costs with fuel, or even monitor the water quality in fish farms.

Monitoring provides an overview of the entire network and IT infrastructure, and adds benefits such as monitoring and analysis of devices connected to the system to help diagnose problems, so it should definitely be an addition to consider for your IT projects.

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25 y/o, born and living in Portugal. Majored in Biology, but tech and computers were always a passion. Wrote for sites like Windows.Appstorm and MakeTechEasier.

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