Capacity planning allows organizations to assess future IT requirements based on business forecasts. It helps in understanding the current business environment and in turn it indicates how these business processes will evolve, and how the change and future growth will affect the operating mode of the IT environment. As more and more organizations are moving towards the cloud, their infrastructure needs are also rapidly changing. Capacity planning helps you foresee your future needs and helps you adapt to them.
Network bandwidth monitoring and reporting tools can provide a clear picture of the organization's bandwidth needs. ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer helps you determine the enterprise's bandwidth needs to accommodate the growth over a period of time with its capacity planning reports and also decide on the changes to be implemented. It helps you identify bandwidth bottlenecks and also find wasted bandwidth so that you can prepare for future needs.
The capacity planning reports give you a clear picture of your organization's bandwidth needs with the help of accurate statistics. These reports can be generated for all the interfaces that are being monitored using NetFlow Analyzer. The NetFlow Analyzer generates reports based on volume, speed, utilization and packets with one-minute average of IN and OUT traffic. It also reports on the data points with Traffic IN and OUT time period and min., max., and average values. The Application Report lists on the Top 10 applications IN and OUT details with application type, amount of traffic, and traffic percentage.
With the help of capacity planning reports the network administrator can understand the link usage over time and the top applications used. It also has the option to filter by the business hours and exclude weekends that give you the fine grain average of the bandwidth usage. The reports can be exported as PDF, CSV or emailed to any number of e-mail addresses.
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NetFlow Analyzer is a NetFlow, sFlow, JFLow (and more) collector and analyzing engine integrated together. NetFlow analyzer does not require any hardware probes and can be downloaded, used in your network environment and can be evaluated for 30 days. Go through the following useful links for better understanding of how NetFlow Analyzer can help you in understanding your network traffic and bandwidth utilization.
- Milan Modi
ME area communication engineer in DHL