This is a guest post originally appeared on SurfSecured. Reposted with permission.
Veteran administrators say that network monitoring is critical if you want to prevent failures from occurring and ensure a healthy maintenance of your network.
So what are the key network management tools that every IT admin should have at their disposal?
1. IP monitoring tools
Large IP spaces can turn into a real burden for IT admins and the continuous addition of devices on larger networks can be confusing. An IP Address Management solution (IPAM) is a monitoring tool that integrates the tracking and the auditing of IP usage across the enterprise. IT will spend significantly less time tracking IP distribution with the use of an IPAM taking the workload off IP administration.
2. SNMP tools
SNMP has been around since the earliest days and IT admins have been using it to monitor devices like servers, routers, switches, etc. to obtain information about their environments.
3. Telephony monitoring
When not managed correctly, telephony bills can hit the roof. Large enterprises are well aware of this. IT admin would do well to invest in a monitoring tool that can track telephony usage, call quality, call routing, etc. and then make use of this information to minimize the financial impact of telephony services on your company.
4. Bandwidth monitoring
Bandwidth monitoring is critical to identify application, user, and device consumption of company resources. You can save significantly by recognizing ways to improve the use of bandwidth without increasing spending.
5. Firewall monitoring
Security monitoring is vast, and this can make it difficult for IT admin to guarantee that all the loopholes are plugged. What makes the issue more complex is that firewalls generate huge amounts of network data statistics.
Because there is a need for real-time data analysis along with historic analysis, it means that the data has to be readily available and accessible with minimum effort by the IT staff and this is why you need this type of monitoring tools.
Monitoring tools create networks that are more reliable
Network management tools observe the critical aspects of the company network and provide you with information to identify where your environment could use improvement. IT departments that comprehend just how important it is to carefully monitor their systems will create networks that aren’t plagued by ruined performance and vulnerabilities.