What could be worse than a network being down? A network being down without visibility to troubleshoot or conclude the reason for the outage!
Often, IT teams lack the visibility they need to get ahead of performance issues, meaning they are in the dark until a user or customer calls to complain. An outage happens, the clock is ticking. Longer it takes to resolve, the more it costs business: in staff time, lost productivity, and end-user satisfaction.
Let us look at the WHY, WHERE, WHAT, WHO and HOW of enterprise Network Monitoring…
WHY is Network Monitoring more important than ever?
Adoption and advent of new technologies like SDN, NFVs, etc and migration of the IT infrastructure to various platforms ranging from on-premise, Private Cloud and to Public Cloud have highlighted the importance of network monitoring reconsideration for IT. Enterprises that fail to adapt to this massive change will lag behind their peers in delivering overall customer experience.
“Networks are going to be as fundamental to business continuity and productivity, like electricity. However, networks weren’t built-in that ubiquitous utility grid mode, and there are umpteen reasons a network can be down, fail, or be intruded into. Today a business’s productivity is directly proportional to the quality of network connectivity available to its offices, employees, customers.”
– Shyamal Kumar,
CEO, Lavelle Networks
WHERE is Network Monitoring headed?
This is the world of hybrid infrastructures, branch/edge is now migrating to the cloud, the introduction of microservices architecture has transformed network architectures further. From traditional network monitoring, the world is moving towards dynamic and distributed network monitoring.
We are in an era where digital businesses are booming. Today, applications and users are more distributed than ever, demanding a centralized control for distributed networks, with more visibility, agility, and security.
WHAT needs to be monitored?
- Network Users/Endpoints: This includes anything and everything with an IP address or end-users in the form of Servers, Virtual Machines, Handheld devices, Mobile devices, Containers, Storage Servers, IoT devices, Cloud-hosted endpoints, etc.
- Network Devices/Components: Visibility of network components like router, switches, SD-WAN devices, Wifi Access Points, etc. has become crucial with the adoption of distributed networks.
- Network Links: WAN and LAN connectivity links like MPLS, Broadband, ILL, etc.
WHO will be the key stakeholders?
Networks are going to be as fundamental to business continuity and productivity, like electricity. However, networks weren’t built-in that ubiquitous utility grid mode, and there are umpteen reasons a network can be down, fail, or be intruded into. Today a business’s productivity is directly proportional to the quality of network connectivity available to its offices, employees, customers.
Measuring and reporting about network performance is important to ensure that the network performs well enough to deliver an optimal application experience. At the same time, network capacity management is of utmost importance as it optimizes enterprise investments for networking equipment and services. All in all, network monitoring is helping IT and business initiatives at the same time. Hence monitoring is critical for the success of following stakeholders in the enterprise today:
- Network operator
- Network architect
- IT operations manager
- IT operations generalist
- Business user/LOB specific user
HOW is ScaleAOn Network Monitoring serving all the Why, Where, What and Who’s of the world?
Looking at the industry trend over the years in Networking and an enterprise’s demand from network management tools, ScaleAOn has been built keeping in mind IT expectations for enterprise-grade network management. Hence, the solution gracefully bifurcates the whole enterprise network into various layers of control to provide holistic and granular control through the same Controller.
ScaleAOn stands out in various aspects as it offers centralized control over your WAN management along with deep insights into your LAN behavior. With a solution which is absorbing complexity under the covers to offer best in class simplicity for users, there is no dependency on domain expertise. Manageability and Orchestration have become simpler than ever for IT.
IT downtime has been part of all application engineers for ages due to the complexity of network changes and has always delayed the critical changes due to trivial dependencies. With ScaleAOn’s UI based configuration and management, the whole network upgrades irrespective of its size is a matter of a couple of minutes, by the time you make that Maggi, voila! The network is up to date. WAN expansion and utilization monitoring are easier than ever with the granular insights provided for Network Group, Sites, Devices and Users.
If you are a business that is looking to adapt to digital transformation and accelerate the enterprise agility to a whole new level, it is time to look at the industry’s best network transformation accelerator: ScaleAOn!