What Makes A Good Network Management System?

network managementIt isn’t easy being an IT manager for a company. You have to make sure the network is never offline, track all the devices connected to the network, and monitor the data that moves around the network. Luckily, it’s not hard to find good help in network management software, and here are three things to consider when choosing the system that’s going to work best for you.

What features are important?
Different systems have lots of different features, and certain ones might be more important to you. Regardless of the bells and whistles, you’ll likely need the network management system you choose to monitor bandwidth, and let you know when there are errors or when the system is close to hitting capacity. It should also track all the IPs connected to the network, and monitor who is using what when. In order to report on all of these things, the system should have custom reporting tools that display the data and make it easy for you to communicate it to decision makers.

Will it work with the systems I already have?
Your new network management system should integrate seamlessly with your existing network, and the hardware you are already working with. If it doesn’t, you won’t be able to get the full benefit of the system. Monitoring systems and software should be easy to install, and should easily discover your current network hardware so you can quickly put it into action.

Will it be easy to track?
There are lots of moving parts to any network, and having a network management system that helps you track down problems quickly can be paramount. Sensors and nodes are what will help you do this because you can use them to set up alerts that will let you know when part of the system is failing. Most software packages come with a set number of sensors and nodes you can tailor to monitor certain parts of your network.

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One thought on “What Makes A Good Network Management System?”

  1. These all seem like great questions to ask when finding a good network managing system. Finding a system that works with systems you already have is important because if they don’t work together it just creates more chaos and more stress for the business owner. Adding less stress to life is something I strive for everyday though it doesn’t always work!

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