Network Monitoring: It’s Time to Modernize

It’s Time to Modernize Your Network Monitoring

The Difference Modernized Network Monitoring Makes

You’re a part of the IT or NetOps team at your company that has been doing network monitoring for years, or probably decades. And you’ve been working with the same legacy network monitoring system that was there on your first day on the job. And aside from a few upgrades and some integrations, you’re grappling with that same old system today.

There’s no shortage of lengthy and detailed material about the shortcomings of legacy network monitoring systems. Likewise, there’s plenty of information out there about the cool features, technical capabilities, and business advantages of modernized network monitoring systems. And we’d be happy to provide it all to you.

Your time is valuable, so we thought we’d just net it out for you. The best way we could think of to do that is to start by describing what it’s like to work with a legacy network monitoring system today. Next, we lay out what it’s like to be a network operator who gets to work with a modern network monitoring system.

You can use the differences between these two scenarios to start building a business case for modernized monitoring. The fact is, your company is going to need such a system at some point. Why not start heading in that direction today?

With Legacy Monitoring

You start your day looking at several different monitoring consoles – one for each of the different segments of your company’s large and varied network environment. The big, old SNMP-based network monitoring system covers most of your network, but far from all of it. There’s the new network segments that your team has implemented over the last few years.  There’s an SDN in the datacenter, a new campus-wide Wi-Fi deployment, along with the SD-WAN that is being rolled out to branch and home offices. Then, to top it off, each of these discrete networking technologies have their own monitoring tools and management consoles. In the end, it’s like you’re living in a “Network Monitoring Tool Fest”

You’re trying to get an overall picture by looking at the parts, not the whole. There’s a flood of useless alerts from one system, a moderate batch of somewhat concerning alerts on another console, and a very concerning alert with maddeningly few details from still another system.

This system sprawl, different formats, different polling periods and other factors result in choppy and partial network visibility. There’s no real integration of the network performance data, no responsive ability to change monitoring tactics as the network changes, and no automated way to apply analytics.

When it comes to figuring out a problem, the most useful asset you have is often your experience and intuition. But making educated guesses is no way to run a network operations program.

Lastly, you need to communicate some aspect of network performance to your colleagues. That’s when your reporting hassles come to the fore. With data from so many different monitoring systems to pull together, you become the NetOps equivalent of a quilt maker. You use a mostly manual, time-consuming, and error-prone process to pull together reports. That’s time lost that you could’ve spent on more strategic and valuable projects.

The next day, it starts all over again, without the benefit of aggregated data, historical baselines, real-time data, advanced analytics, unified views, or automated dashboards and workflows. It’s a blueprint for ineffectiveness, let alone burn-out.

With Modernized Monitoring

It’s a Friday morning. You start your day enjoying a hot cup of coffee as you log-in to your modern network monitoring system. You calmly take in an at-a-glance view of the overall health status of your entire network - yep, all of it. From the Wi-fi to the datacenter, from the campus to the branch, and more.

Leveraging your system’s machine learning capabilities, you automatically know what is normal and what is not in your network.  Gone are the days of multiple performance alerts from all your different monitoring tools based on static thresholds. You have insights at your fingertips with network performance data from across the varied segments of your environment that have been automatically analyzed, prioritized, and displayed on a unified heat map. You’re of course drawn to a small section of a quadrant that’s flashing red.

You know instantly that the WAN link between New York and Chicago that is typically at 30% utilization on a Friday morning, is suddenly at 80%. That’s a business-critical network resource that’s at risk. With a single click, using built in workflow, you can see what traffic is flowing through that interface. Which network devices are ‘speaking’ to each other? Who is the bandwidth hog?

You quickly see 90% of the traffic is between two servers on either side of the WAN, and you suspect a backup job that is typically run after work hours. You head to your ITSM system to dispatch the New York team to take a closer look. With the automated integration between your network monitoring and ITSM systems, the alert about this WAN utilization issue is already in your ITSM system. The local New York team investigates, fixes the issue and closes the ITSM ticket. And, with your network monitoring and ITSM systems integrated, the alert is automatically cleared.

So, you calmly go and get another cup of coffee.

Start Modernizing Your Network Monitoring Today

You’re painfully aware of how problematic it is to be using an outdated network monitoring system, especially in a modernized network environment. Now you’ve also heard about some of the differences a modernized network monitoring system can make for you, your team, and your company.

You realize that to stay competitive, your company is going to have to upgrade its network monitoring capabilities sooner or later. So why not start that process now?

There are lots of solutions out there, but one truly stands out. It’s the epitome of a modern network performance monitoring system, the one that the world’s biggest enterprises, CSPs and MSPs rely on to watch over their networks. It’s the SevOne Network Data Platform, the most powerful, flexible, and scalable solution on the market today.

Request a demo of the SevOne Network Data Platform and learn how you can bring your network performance monitoring into the 21st century.