Pin Point Potential Network Issues Before They Negatively Impact Your Business

Businesses place a lot of trust in the reliability of their IT infrastructure to provide customers with seamless connectivity – 24*7. Take the example of an online store, an hour’s downtime would mean huge business losses! Large enterprises expect their network infrastructures to work flawlessly without outages or slowdowns. Network slowdowns greatly reduce the productivity of employees and hence negatively impact the overall functioning of the business.

IT teams hence need to be equipped with the right tools to locate potential bottlenecks and take corrective actions before minor fallacies turn into major catastrophes.  Taking proactive and preventive actions can save businesses from suffering huge losses due to network unavailability. The last thing an IT team would want is to react and try to fix something after a lot has been damaged.

Preemptive network monitoring is the answer to finding and fixing issues in your network proactively before users and businesses are impacted.

Network Management

With unified network monitoring, you can locate specific network congestions, configuration changes, server systems, virtual servers and other network devices. Without the right monitoring tools, your IT teams get bogged down with manually analyzing, troubleshooting and correlating data to pin point and fix problems after they have already hit the network.

Here’s how you can work out a perfect monitoring solution for your business:

You get a comprehensive view of your network

To be able to identify issues before they impact your business, you need a comprehensive monitoring solution that gives you detailed statistics in real time. You can stay ahead of potential problems and tackle them before they cause any harm to your network infrastructure. Setting thresholds and configuring alerts and notifications for threshold breaches enables you to take preemptive action and create strategies to prevent such incidents in future.

Empowers you to perform real time analysis of problems and performance issues

Gathering data that goes beyond mere up and down states of network devices enables you to perform a real time analysis of the performance issues of your network. This can also help reduce the tide of calls to your IT support team.

Helps you limit the impact of network performance on businesses

Configuring alerts and notifications that warn you about heavier than normal traffic conditions on your network, unusually high bandwidth consumption or under-performing servers, applications or databases can help you take action and limit its impact on end users and businesses as a whole.

Helps you eliminate gaps in network visibility

The lack of a ‘complete view’ of your network on a single console increases the time to isolate and fix potential network issues. In order to quickly find and fix issues, you need to eliminate these gaps in network visibility by implementing a monitoring solution that can pin point your ‘problem areas’ on a dashboard or by plotting it on a map.

With planning ahead of time, you can implement a network monitoring solution that can proactively help you locate and fix potential issues ultimately minimizing the impact on the overall business.

Mindarray System’s Minder is a unified network monitoring solution that helps you accomplish all of the above and more. To find out more, please check our detailed features and product capabilities here.

Is your unified IT monitoring platform actually UNIFIED? – Part II

In my last blog, we explored about your monitoring requirements, how platform correlates information across layers and how monitoring is aligned to your business. There were lots of questions to be answered. So, in this post we will talk about the solution which is unified in its true sense.Unified IT Management2_0

Going by the definition; a unified monitoring platform monitors complete IT infrastructure of network devices, servers, applications, VMs, log data, cloud infrastructure all at once, irrespective of the locations of the deployment and varied technologies. A unified monitoring platform should be able to present complete picture of your infrastructure in one single dashboard. Few important features are;

  1. Single platform for all monitoring needs: The unified monitoring platform monitors and represents information about infrastructure availability, performance, capacity, configuration, compliance and flow data across multiple locations in one single dashboard. Thus, do not miss out on single aspect of your IT infrastructure and get ready to respond & fix much quicker and faster. As with Mindarray Minder, it is easy to install, deploy and get ready with most vital stats of the infrastructure and organization is ready to monitor everything under single roof.
  2. Quick drill down to slice & dice information: Being able to monitor all components is one thing and representing data in actionable form is another. Mindarray Minder has more than 700+ reports and custom widgets to equip you with the right information to compare information across layers, across systems. The administrators getting top view should also be able to get deep into the attribute level information to understand and act upon the issues.
  3. Correlated data and analytics: Every moment your infrastructure is talking to you, but working in silos won’t help. The data needs to be correlated across layers to give you an hour by hour analysis on health and performance of infrastructure. Mindarray Minder does just that! Every metrics is evaluated across 24 hour time span to identify the reasons of failure and to proactively reduce chances of failure in the infrastructure with data correlation.
  4. Business services impact: Aligning IT to business means grouping components at each layer, picking only the KPIs which actually matter to performance and monitoring overall group. This group is defined as business service in Mindarray Minder, offers single dashboard to monitor business service say an Ecommerce portal which consists of network switch, router, server, ecommerce application and database on a broader perspective. Each one of them should function at its best so that customers are given best user experience. Mindarray Minder allows monitoring performance and also providing proactive SLA measurement to align business to IT.

This is not enough though. There are still few nuances which you should take care of while choosing the best unified IT monitoring. A simple rule makes it a lot easier; If your provider asks you to install another plugin, you bound to have broken links and this is your moment of non-unified platform.

Work towards a smarter monitoring rather than patch monitoring. Explore Mindarray Minder a truly unified platform for all your monitoring needs and align your business to IT

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Author: Mudra Shah

Mindarray Systems

Mudra is senior support engineer, who loves to explore new technologies, new ways to solve redundant issues and how best IT infrastructure monitoring can be done.

Is your unified IT monitoring platform actually UNIFIED? – Part I

Today everybody is talking about unified platform and everyone wants to implement unified monitoring platform for their enterprise network. Monitoring across different layers of infrastructure, multiple environments and physical as well as cloud infrastructures can be a time consuming and cumbersome process. Organizations need complete visibility across IT infrastructure, but they either end up purchasing multiple products which eventually creates silos or spend huge amounts for monitoring product.

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Which league you belong to; Smart Purchaser or slowly eating up IT budgets?

Wait! Bring the value on board with smart analysis. Evaluate your vendor on below criteria;

  1. Understand your monitoring requirements first.

You need unified platform, but what are your actual requirements. You want to monitor network devices, servers, applications and VMs. You have heterogeneous environment with physical network deployment as well as cloud environments.

Now, list down the attributes each platform is monitoring at each layer. Though, this is not enough. Move on to next one.

  1. Evaluate how each layer is correlated to each other.

As I said, the monitoring maximum attributes at each layer is not enough. Is your platform actually correlating the data and giving you minute by minute update with single installation? If not, then platform in question is actually a patchwork. Patchworks will actually lead you to keep on installing new plug-in and you may actually lose out on crucial information on the dependencies across infrastructure.

  1. Evaluate how much the platform is aligning you to business.

So the platform has passed quite many checklists and you are ready to ask for big IT budget. Hey! Have you checked the platform is aligning IT to business or not? Is it giving you bird eye view on your complete infrastructure at the same time give you business impact of the performance of your IT? Your platform should be able to not only monitor the infrastructure, but should align business and the same time measure SLAs on top of it.

Take few Acid Tests and identify whether this is the solution you actually want to buy. In next series, we will explore platform which will answer every point in detail.


Author: Mudra Shah
Mindarray Systems

Mudra is senior support engineer, who loves to explore new technologies, new ways to solve redundant issues and how best IT infrastructure monitoring can be done.