Computer networks form the backbone of any organization's IT infrastructure. With businesses relying heavily on internet based applications, it is very critical that the end users remain unaffected, due to network related issues. Hence monitoring and improving network performance with the help of network management solutions becomes absolutely essential to keep businesses up and running at all times. This will ensure that service level agreements (SLA) are maintained and prompt the swift and smooth delivery of business critical solutions.
A network is prone to many errors that can seriously impact its performance. Therefore it is necessary for it to be proactively monitored detect network performance issues and prevent mishaps, thus ensuring the smooth functioning of critical applications. Proactive monitoring involves diagnosing and troubleshooting network issues before they are evident to the end user and actively eliminating threats. Once network performance issues are identified, the next step is network optimization.
A typical network performance monitoring and troubleshooting process would adopt the following flow
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OpManager keeps a tab on all your network devices performance that includes server performance, switches performance and routers performance, to ensure that they are available all the time. Important network performance metrics like Errors and Discards, Disk Utilization, CPU and Memory Utilization, DB count etc. are monitored continuously to keep your network health in check. Tools such as Ping, Trace route are employed to diagnose any errors that may occur. OpManager also supports receiving syslogs and traps and alerts you when something goes wrong. More..
OpManager supports both SNMP device monitoring and flow-based traffic monitoring in networks. OpManager monitors SNMP performance to provide total IN/OUT traffic flowing through the interfaces. For in-depth network performance visibility, OpManager offers flow-based traffic monitoring which provides insights into top bandwidth consumers and network performance trends. It supports a wide array of flow technologies such as NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow, IP FIX, cFlowd, and NetStream. More..
Changes in network configuration by unauthorized personnel may produce catastrophic security threats. With OpManager, it is now possible to backup network configurations so that normalcy can be restored in the event of a security breach. It is also possible to automate repetitive taks through scripts and templates. OpManager offers configlets for widely used configurations that aid in quick network management. More..
OpManager aids in wireless network monitoring by leveraging Cisco IPSLA to help visualize your WAN links and troubleshoot WAN outages and performance issues. OpManager's WAN RTT (Round-Trip Time) monitor provides details on WAN link latency, bandwidth utilization, Round-Trip-Time, and hop-by-hop performance to resolve poor WAN performance. More..
OpManager helps monitor VoIP services using Cisco IPSLA technology. With OpManager it is now easy to troubleshoot poor VoIP performance and obtain Source-to-Destination and Destination-to-Source data on Packet Loss, Delay and Jitter values. More..
Network performance management is a collective process that ensures all the devices in the network is performing at their optimum level with the routine quality and service level monitoring for each network device and component.
Network performance management helps keep in check the network performance, maintain availability, and reduce or prevent the chances of unforeseen network downtime, thereby ensuring uninterrupted end-user experience and preventing business losses.
Network performance management is also important to ensure the smooth functioning of the client service delivery and business operations
The major benefits of network performance management include: improved network efficiency, optimized network performance, scalability, security, and flexibility.