5 key benefits of network monitoring
Posted on February 14, 2020 by Louise HowlandOne of the most dreaded IT failures is a problem with the network. Once an outage happens, it slowly but steadily begins to drain time and money from a business. The longer it takes to resolve, the costlier it becomes: lost staff time, lost productivity and in end-user satisfaction. In order to prevent these network outages, IT teams often require increased visibility and the tools necessary to pre-emptively avert these disasters, rather than reactively work to correct them. That’s where network monitoring comes in. There are many benefits of network monitoring. It is critical in watching for problems 24/7, but it’s also key in maintaining system performance, ensuring availability, and identifying areas for improvement. Read on for details on five business benefits any organisation can achieve, with effective network monitoring.
Benefits of Network Monitoring
- Benchmarking standard performance
- Effectively allocating resources
- Managing a changing IT environment
- Identifying security threats
- Deploying new technology and system upgrades successfully
#1 Benchmark standard performanceIT outages can be caused by all manner of things;
- Human error
- Incompatible network changes
- Ever-growing complexity of technology
Benefits of network monitoring for benchmarkingNetwork monitoring gives you the visibility to benchmark everyday performance and the foresight to pick up on any fluctuations in performance standard; allowing you to pre-emptively identify anomalies. Effective network monitoring empowers IT professionals to recognise early warning signs and rectify potential faults before they become major issues that might cause system downtime.
#2 Allocate resource most effectivelyWith heavy workloads and projects which never seem to get any less complex, IT teams are also working with less than ideal time, staff or budget requirements. This means that if an undetected network outage were to suddenly occur, the already tightly-stretched team would be required to divert resource from one business critical project to another, with little notice or preparation. By deploying effective network monitoring, it’s possible to eliminate the need to:
- Manually dig into performance
- Solely react to catastrophic network events
Benefits of network monitoring for resourceBy understanding the source of problems, IT teams are able to minimise tedious troubleshooting times and put in place proactive measures to ensure the business stays ahead of IT outages. You can fix cracks before they spring a leak.
#3 Manage a changing IT environmentTechnology is continually innovating, enabling many critical processes to be faster, sleeker or more autonomous as businesses seek to gain a competitive advantage. However with the introduction of internet-enabled sensors, wireless devices and cloud technologies, IT teams are required to better manage the way they monitor these technologies for major fluctuations or suspicious activity. Another trend impacting the management of the IT environment is increasing the number of wireless devices connecting to the network. IT administrators, particularly those in a BYOD environment, must pay attention to the number and type of devices connecting to their infrastructure.
Benefits of network monitoring for changesEffective monitoring of the network can
- Provide IT teams with a comprehensive inventory of wired and wireless devices
- Enable analysis of long-term trends
- Facilitating optimum use of available assets
- Reduce expenses
#4 Identify security threatsThe prevention of cybercrime is a major challenge for any organisation. As attacks become increasingly more sophisticated and difficult to trace, detecting and mitigating any form of network threat before it escalates is critical.
Benefits of network monitoring for cybersecurityWithout network insights, addressing persistent security threats every day can be extremely time-consuming for an IT team. Maintaining continued IT network security requires that:
- Security patches are continually updated
- Standardised security settings on all the individual workloads are maintained
#5 Successfully deploy new technologies and systems upgradesNew technologies and services require financial investment; often quite a substantial one. This means that demonstrating ROI on these projects is critical, but without the ability to monitor and manage your network environment it becomes difficult to illustrate if the project delivered the expected results.
Benefits of network monitoring for new technologyWith network monitoring, IT teams are able to gain historic insight into how equipment has performed over time and, with trend analysis, are able to determine if current technology can scale to meet business needs. This allows IT staff to
- Create a clear picture of how able the network is to support the launch of new technology
- Mitigate any risks associated with a major change by monitoring performance
- Easily demonstrate ROI by providing pre- and post-performance metrics
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