While businesses rely on efficient and stable network activity in order to be successful, network administrators and other IT professionals face increased IT monitoring and management challenges as networks are becoming more complex, fluid and distributed.
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To maintain control and business productivity, network administrators’ access to infrastructure elements is critical and supports optimal network visibility. Considering whether or not you network is visible? Ask yourself:
How easily can I produce a topology of network devices and infrastructure?
Dynamic discovery of all equipment in the IT infrastructure enables mapping of their current locations, configurations an interdependencies to provide a holistic picture of the network. The more types of devices the discovery technology can detect, identify and support, the better visibility the network administrator will have.
Do I have real-time access across the infrastructure?
Network visibility is most effective when it happens in real time. Static or delays hinder the ability to make the proactive decisions necessary for efficiency. Without real-time visibility, administrators are, at best, able to correct problems after they’ve already occurred. In order to provide proactive analysis, real-time visibility is necessary.
What changes can I implement with this information?
Network administrators and IT professionals need answers, not data. Actionable information about network health, faults, bandwidth hogs and performance issues reduces mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR). There are a lot of monitoring solutions on the market, but data alone is not enough to address complex challenges; IT professionals need a solution that enables them to quickly identify exceptions and abnormalities and that offers trustworthy advice and automation workflow to resolve problems quickly.
If your network monitoring solution supports these visibility capabilities, you are on your way to answering with a definitive “Yes” when asked about the state of network health. To learn more about network visibility and best practices for ongoing monitoring and management download Dell’s complimentary complete whitepaper: “Visualizing Network Health: How to Drive Visibility into Complex Infrastructures”.