Happy new year everyone!
New years’ resolutions aren’t just about 3-week gym memberships or short-lived calorie cutbacks. As we’re all aware, they apply in the world of business too – only they tend to have more longevity and accountability to them than our personal goals unfortunately do.
So with 2019 in its infancy, you know that a new digitisation initiative, cloud migration or IT inventory project (and/or others) isn’t too far away from your in-tray. That part is almost certain – what is less certain is the time and resource IT departments have available for such initiatives.
If you need to be focusing on them (and more!), it might be time to consider moving on from the day-to-day stuff, or at least finding some innovative solutions to take the grunt work of them off your hands while ensuring that tasks are not simply passed around only to eventually boomerang back to IT!
Where do I start?
Automated network monitoring could be a good place to start. Already pressured budgets may mean this is a tempting area to reduce or cut back entirely, especially if you’ve not previously experienced any network outages. But you probably don’t need us to tell you that either of these approaches could prove to be incredibly short-sighted and cost the business more in the long-run – some companies have been known to lose six figures and more due to single network issues, and it could happen to your business as well, at any time.
A complex task
It’s not just about budgets either – we know that network management is a resource and time drain for IT departments. All sorts of problems can occur with the network whether it’s from the physical layer, the NICs on every machine, or the logical layer. Figuring out and pinpointing the problem is often a time-consuming and piecemeal task.
Don’t create a self-inflicted boomerang!
As with a lot of IT solutions, the network management and monitoring market contains everything from free tools through to enterprise-class multi-thousand Pound AI-devices.
We know that the latter is not only overkill for the average business but also far too expensive, and while free tools may be tempting on the budget, they are obviously not nearly comparable to paid solutions in terms of features, network visibility or customer support.
Similarly, the more basic tools often do not provide diagnosis capability; they often serve to collect statistics before passing the problem and the actual fix job back to IT like the aforementioned boomerang!
Given this, finding the right tool can be a project in itself – that’s why we’re here to help.
Time to find NEMO?
As part of our pavASSURE service, we bring you our Network Endpoint Monitoring Orchestration – also known as ‘NEMO’. With it you can see what’s attached to your network, identify any mis-configurations, bottlenecks and issues and rapidly react to service-impacting conditions before they arise – in other you get the full picture of your network without having to spend hours doing so!
How does it work?
The service works by creating a dynamic interactive map of how all network devices are physically connected, monitoring their health and performance over time and alerting our service desk and your IT function of potential networking issues.
‘NEMO’ enables our customers to audit what is attached to their network, identify misconfigurations, bottlenecks and issues and rapidly react to service impacting conditions.
How can something that small be so powerful?
Using a remote sensor, the service constantly monitors the health and performance of all networking devices, communication lines and endpoints reporting the data back to the could allowing your IT function to look back over time and identify traffic patterns and trends. It even maintains a copy of all firewall, switch and router configurations and backs them up whilst also allowing versions to be compared if changes have been made.
Find out more
For a demonstration or to trial the service on your network please get in contact on 01273 834 000 – get on the road to IT Certainty today.