Given the number of things that could go wrong with your technology infrastructure, it is imperative that you have a networking monitoring solution in place to give you the visibility that you need to prevent business disruption. By using a network monitoring tool, you will be able to act quickly and respond to any issues in order to prevent business disruption.
The Cost of Downtime to your Business
Previously, we outlined a relatively comprehensive way to measure the cost of downtime to your business, where you determine which systems are critical to your operations and which employees would be affected if those systems became unavailable. Once you know that information, you determine the cost of those employees to you and then see how long outages of various lengths would cost in real terms.
You then need to think about the tangible cost of lost sales, for example, and the more intangible costs to your brand and your reputation from any downtime. You then need to factor in other related costs such as replacement, repairs, employee overtime and the like.
It all adds up very quickly.
Act to avoid Business Downtime
When something does go wrong, and it inevitably will at some point, it is very easy to blame your internal IT team or external IT Services provider and get frustrated while a fix is made. By adopting a reliable network monitoring tool for your business, be that an internal system or one provided by a managed network monitoring provider, you will be empowering your IT team to take back control of your technology platform. That will allow then to be a lot more proactive and strategic in how they look at your IT, rather than just being reactive and having to constantly fight fires as issues emerge.
A reliable, proven and easily scalable network monitoring solution will provide your team with the information they need to identify irregularities or failures quickly and then act appropriately. It also allows for informed decisions to be made based on real data, saving you both time and money.
Elements of your Network that you can Monitor
Network monitoring tools have become very powerful and virtually every element of your network infrastructure can now be monitored in real time using a variety of different sensor types, from http and ping sensors to SNMP, Netflow etc. You can monitor any element of your network, from common things like your servers, printers and WiFi, to connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Network Monitoring Options
With technology becoming more complex all the time, and as expectation about network availability continue to rise, it is vital that you have a network monitoring solution in place. Your options include:
- Running a network monitoring solution in house.
- Engaging with a Managed Network Monitoring provider.
There are a number of strong network monitoring tools out there for you to choose from, each with particular strengths and weaknesses. As a provider of Managed Network monitoring, we generally use and have a great deal of experience working with PRTG Network Monitor, a recognised industry leader.
Avoid disruption to your business by adopting a robust network monitoring tool. Contact us on 0333 123 0360 or contact us online to learn more about your network monitoring options and let us help you find the right solution for your business needs.
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