Adopting the Best Network Monitoring Tools

By CIOReview | Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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For better and efficient work flow, the applications in the Network have to be analyzed,monitored, and maintained regularly. Network monitoring has become a part of the administrator’s regular jobs since monitoring helps in proper maintenance, reduced up gradation costs and memory allocation for the applications. Since business productivity and continuity relies largely on the organization’s networking capabilities, adopting the best network monitoring tool for efficient network analysis has become a necessity. Active network monitoring cannot only improve the performance but also can effectively reduce the operational and maintenance cost. Future predictive network information can reduce the overall maintenance and upgradation costs, offering better ROI to the company in the long run.

With growing cloud adoption, network monitoring has also moved into the cloud.

Organizations depending on complex virtual, physical and cloudnetworks require comprehensive monitoring tool or individualized monitoring of the networks. The complexity and necessity even adds up while using cloud systems in collaboration with the organizational network.Cloud based network monitoring tools like UPTRENDS Infra, Anturis and LogicMonitor reduces the complexity of network monitoring.

Network Monitoring Techniques

While legacynetwork monitoring tools required complex installation methods and access to the devices, the cloud based network monitoring tools offers seamless setup and easy management from anywhere in the world. For internal network monitoring, the installation of a secure agent is all that is needed whilefor external monitoring, only the URL or IP address is required. Most of the cloud-based systems offers automated deployment in the organizational network with pre-configured and fully customizable monitoring for servers, cloud, VMs, storage, networks, applications, and websites with a completely user-friendly dashboard.

Network Monitoring Tools

Some of the network monitoring tools available in the market are listed below:

1. Riverbed

Riverbed’s NPMD offering includes analytics both in a distributed and centralized manner, creating a high degree of usefulness from the captured data for troubleshooting, capacity planning, and monitoring.

2. UPTRENDS Infra

This cloud based network monitoring tool offers seamless deployment and easy monitoring from anywhere around the globe. UPTRENDSInfra can quickly perform deep analysis and address error issues real time,and prevent network downtime with a proactive approach as well.

3. Microsoft Network Monitoring tool

The Microsoft Network Monitor is a packet analyzer that allows capturing, viewing, and analyzing network traffic. This tool is handy for troubleshooting network problems and applications on the network. Main features include support for over 300 public and Microsoft proprietary protocols, simultaneous capture sessions, a Wireless Monitor Mode and sniffing of promiscuous mode traffic, amongst others.

4. LogicMonitor

LogicMonitor is a cloud based network monitoring tool offered as SaaS that works without hardware and offers automated device recovery as well. The system is pre-configured for on-premise, cloud, and hybrid IT infrastructure.

5. Anturis

This cloud based network monitoring tool offers easy setup in the organizational network on both Linux and Windows based systems. The SaaS is scalable and offers a web based user interface for easy and efficient management of the network.

A comprehensive and effective network monitoring tool allows network administrators to identify,observe and evaluatethe organizational network and the devices within the network in real time.The tool should be rather easy to install, execute, and configure, without compromising compatibility with the multiple vendor devices that are used by the organizations. A customizable dashboard with real time data reports and error logs are recommended for easy management.