Today, there exist large corporate networks with literally millions of network devices spread across a wide geographical region. The capacity to monitor and regulate these networks begins with an understanding of the structure and operation of these networks. So, in all network environments, network mapping, which provides information like which devices are located on the network, which other components they communicate with directly, which communication methods they use, and more, plays a critical role in ensuring that network admins stay on top of things.
The network mapping outlines your network and any device linked to that network visually. These maps offer visuals that are easy to comprehend and demonstrate how devices perform on your network. Let's discuss why and the major benefits of mapping your network:
Visualize your network: With a network map your network and its accompanying information may be viewed. Each device linked to the network is displayed graphically using a network map. Visualizing the devices in real-time allows you to see any problems as they develop.
Easy network diagnosis and troubleshooting: In case of any issues, your network map can assist you instantly discover which devices have problems, so you can easily see where the problem lies. In this way, your network map can be the difference between knowing the exact problem location you need to work on, and hours of guesswork.
Better forecasting and planning: A Network map enables you to plan your network architecture by representing various network components. A dynamic map with up-to-date metrics can help you in making better decisions when planning upgrades and optimisations for an existing network.
Whether you manage a small network or a large one, it’s best to create a network map to simplify the management of your network. ManageEngine OpManager is an automated network mapping software that lets you configure and generate network maps effortlessly. It provides a complete network map of your IT infrastructure by classifying devices in your network and mapping these devices to the core router. OpManager lets you create topology maps, 3d network visualization of your rack servers, business views for monitoring critical services, and more. OpManager, an advanced network monitoring system with the help of its automated mapping feature, is able to collect, analyse and display real-time network data, and helps to scale your network.
When the number of monitored devices increases and when companies expand to multiple locations, it becomes impractical to maintain a static network map. Further, referring to a fixed network diagram in the event of a network failure or performance degradation is highly complex and an unwholesome experience. The aforementioned circumstances make it all the more necessary for a business to own a network diagram software.
Physical location network view of how the devices are arranged on the Datacenter racks; helps you locate the device swiftly.
OpManager infrastructure maps: Automatic L2/ L3 network maps (Network views), Custom network maps (Business views), 3D floor views (Datacenter floor) and Rack views.
3D Datacenter Floor: OpManager allows you to create an exact replica of your datacenter in 3D with all the racks.
The IT network is forever dynamic; the static network maps often fail to capture the new changes in the network. When a network fault occurs, it becomes impossible to track the affected device or business service using the static network diagrams. With OpManager’s automated network mapping tool, administrators can:
OpManager's network mapper tool reflects the latest device and link status with color coded icons in the network maps, acting like a live Visio diagram that lets administrators:
It makes sense to group the devices that need special attention under one consolidated view even when they are spread across subnets. That’s exactly what OpManager’s custom maps or Business views section offers. Moreover, with a reliable network mapping system such as OpManager coupled with its powerful network automation features, you can map business-critical services and monitor branch offices.
Learn more about custom network maps and network topology mapping with OpManager, the automatic network diagram software.
OpManager’s custom network mapper feature lets you group the devices based on the need. Further, one can add any background images, draw a live link between devices, and even create a shortcut for a dependent business view in the parent business view. This helps to
Network mapping is a process used to discover new devices, interfaces and visualize physical and virtual network connectivity. Network mapping provides complete visibility into your IT infrastructure. Network mapping tools aid in simplifying network monitoring by pinpointing network faults.
Network mapping makes complex network monitoring easier by giving users detailed visibility into their network as well as actionable intelligence to help them resolve issues faster.
Using specialised network mapping software is the most efficient approach to accomplish network mapping. Using a simple drag-and-drop diagram builder, OpManager, a comprehensive yet seamless network mapping tool, allows you to generate network infrastructure and topology diagrams.
Every device currently connected to your network is visibly depicted on a network map. Most network mapping software generates maps automatically based on frequent scans, ensuring that your network visualisation is always up to date.
A network infrastructure mapping software must have a network scanner and a network mapper. Network scanners detect the devices in the IT infrastructure. A network mapper maps all the primary switches to the core router, followed by mapping access switches to the primary switch. To a network admin, it is an advantage if the network map software has an automation feature for periodic scanning.