Network assessment is a systematic evaluation of an IT infrastructure to ensure it is well-equipped to deliver the core operational needs of the business. It exposes possible liabilities, identifies areas for improvement in your infrastructure, and defines the scope for improvement.
A network assessment tool analyzes various aspects of the IT infrastructure. It scrutinizes an organization's existing network infrastructure by assessing networking devices, network performance, and security threats, all of which help frame a reliable network management strategy.
One cannot emphasize more on the need for a network assessment solution as an average of 545 man-hours are lost on employee productivity per organization per year due to IT problems. Network assessment tools are indispensable for any business that is supported by an IT infrastructure, as they:
Before performing the IT assessment, it is crucial to list all the internal and external needs of the business. This helps you check if the IT infrastructure is aligned with the business goals.
Here's items on a checklist for the IT admins to perform a complete network vulnerability assessment.
Unfortunately, evaluating various aspects of the network is complex, and most tools do not have the features to provide a holistic assessment of the IT infrastructure.
OpManager is a powerful, network performance assessment tool, designed for all networks. OpManager provides a comprehensive set of IT assessment tools for identifying performance bottlenecks, security vulnerabilities, and configuration violations in real time. OpManager makes network infrastructure assessment effortless by providing intelligent automations and forecasting based on machine learning (ML).
Discovery: OpManager discovers all the devices present in a network by automated network scanning. The IT admin is not limited to any specific protocol as OpManager discovers devices using SNMP (v1, v2 & v3), ICMP, WMI, and Telnet protocols.
Device Inventory: OpManager maintains an inventory of all devices and interfaces in the network, and collects information such as IP address, DNS name, vendor, OS version, system description, monitoring protocol, device health, traffic counter, and more. With OpManager, you can always keep tabs on devices connected to your network.
Device monitoring: OpManager monitors the availability, health, and performance of network devices, including physical and virtual servers, switches, routers, interfaces, and firewalls and can monitor more than 2,000 metrics that provide critical insights on device performance.
WAN monitoring: All global organizations have WAN connections that help in internal communications. It is a significant business tool as it is more secure to send sensitive company data through your internal network rather than through the internet. OpManager uses IP SLA technology to proactively monitor your WAN connections, WAN latency, WAN RTT, and raises alarms when faults are identified.
Bandwidth monitoring: Bandwidth is an important metric to be assessed in an enterprise network. If bandwidth usage reaches critical levels, business crucial applications might get affected causing disruption of services. With OpManager, you can monitor packet loss and bandwidth usage by Top N users, Top N applications, Top N devices with flow technologies such as NetFlow, Jflow, IP Fix, NetStream and AppFlow. It also supports various Cisco technologies such as NBAR, CBQoS, AVC and IP SLA.
The log files contain information relating to system components such as hardware failure, programs, and logon attempts. Assessing log files helps in efficient troubleshooting and security auditing. With OpManager, you can monitor syslogs and Windows event logs, add multiple rules, and get alerts in real time.
Firewall log monitoring: A firewall is a device that secures a company's network infrastructure by blocking trojans, spyware, and other malicious programs. Firewalls are governed by firewall rules and policies. With OpManager, you can monitor firewall logs, analyze policy effectiveness, and manage firewall rules for increased network security.
VPN monitoring: A VPN provides an encrypted tunnel for safer data transmission between a remote user and the company network. With OpManager, you can monitor the number of active VPN sessions, VPN tunnel status, VPN tunnels count, VPN traffic, and protect your network from malicious attackers and data thefts.
Configuration Management: A device configuration is what makes the networking device work in a desired state. The lack of configuration change information poses a serious threat to the stability of the IT infrastructure. With OpManager, you can backup the existing configurations, track the configuration changes in real time, approve, and restore configuration changes.
Reports: Reports play an important role in network assessments as they act as a reference document for future assessments, and help in audits. OpManager offers more than 100 prebuilt reports on device performance, availability, and much more. These reports are highly customizable, and can be exported as PDFs and Excel sheets for documentation purposes.
Apart from managing bandwidth, firewall logs, and configurations with add-ons, OpManager makes networking assessments effortless with intelligent automations and ML-based forecasting.
Perform a complete network assessment with OpManager now to easily and efficiently identify performance bottlenecks and security loopholes in your network.