IT administrators today no longer need a traditional network monitoring approach, given the complexities that today's networks(wired or wireless) bring. Network operators need to be proactive rather than being reactive on network events.They should consider a spectrum of monitoring aspects such as reporting, to predicting what the network needs in the future. This requires a promising technology to analyze, and forecast the network requirements data accurately and prevent bottlenecks or downtime.
For example, real time network performance monitoring should be followed by estimating what the network needs in the future. But the dynamic nature of every network makes it difficult to estimate a standard value, and hence requires solutions that can work on existing trends and present insights to maintain the network at an optimal level. In these cases, machine learning will help by collecting metrics such as traffic data, throughput, and application availability and estimate the necessary network performance. In this page, we will look at how organizations are achieving this.
Machine learning technology have made breakthrough in most industries to solve challenges. Since it relies on constructing algorithms, and creating solutions without pre-defined rules, tech enthusiasts use it for providing results for difficult situations. Networking is one particular domain where machine learning has major applicability to turn data into actionable insights.
Network operations and management is a vast avenue bound with most manual errors and difficulties. With problems threatening the organizations to stay vigilant, finding their equivalent solutions is just as complicated. Most modern network challenges depend on powerful technology like machine learning and a strategy such as a proactive approach to tackle any challenges that works well, come what may.
Network forecasting coupled with machine learning is a part of proactive network management that an organization would need to stay updated about avoiding bottlenecks and increasing the efficiency of the network. Although network forecasting is a benefit in itself for enterprises, how you forecast your existing IT infrastructure's needs such that it shows you visibility into the network, and still provide insights into the future network is where machine learning provides an edge.
Consider an example where machine learning can help with network forecasting. An organization's network has been suffering with congestion issues. When the admin considers bandwidth upgrades, he suspects that the existing bandwidth might not be sufficient. So he uses forecast reports for its intelligence to see the traffic reports of the protocols, and plan to increase the bandwidth as business grows.
With machine learning, he was able to classify the type of traffic and estimate how much bandwidth to allocate to individual applications. The admin also decided to limit the usage of resource-intensive applications with medianet traffic reports, and were able to determine the optimal traffic ratio to maintain the expected performance.
How you keep your network future-ready is important, given the fast and powerful adoption of cloud, IoT and NaaS technologies. What if the organization needs different tools to support all technologies? Definitely, this is the most difficult call for a network admin, since the integration, flexibility and learning curve will be at their extremities. For the very reason, a tool that is compatible for any sizes and shapes is important.
OpManager Plus is an enterprise network observability software which follows both proactive and reactive approach keeping observability and optimization benefits in the front and center. As a holistic IT operations management software, it addresses all your network management concerns found in today's hybrid and cloud network environments.
A reliable observability solution is one which brings all the potential advantages to let you integrate with your infrastructure. It should be scalable, customizable and bring all possible advantages under one name. With ManageEngine OpManager Plus, you can utilize and maximize the capabilities of your IT infrastructure!
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