Network monitoring helps you to keep track of your network devices: routers, switches, load balancers, printers, security cameras and the like. Especially for operations critical networks, failure of network devices can result in significant business risk - from team downtime to data loss. Ensuring the reliable operation of all devices is therefore a requirement for a stable IT infrastructure.
As network devices are typically run within one more more intranets, there are two general monitoring options: monitoring from within your intranets via locally installed monitoring software, or monitoring from the outside via a Software as a Service (SAAS) based monitoring solution. The choice depends on your business requirements - here is a brief pro/cons analysis for both service types. However, not having a comprehensive monitoring is the worst choice, and modern SAAS solutions help to have critical devices under control within less than an hour.
Goals of Network Monitoring
1. Getting notified
The most important function is to get alerted as soon as anything goes wrong within your network. Whenever and wherever you are. So you know first and can act fast.
2. Systems overview
Even when no issues are triggered, a dashboard gives you an overview how your network devices are doing. This gives you comfort that all monitors are running and you have not overlooked any critical issue.
3. Data history
If you receive an alert that one or more of your network devices are down or have issues, you want to drill down into the past hours' or days' data to identify the root causes of the issue - to see if it built up over time or failed spontaneously.
4. Network performance optimisation
Based on the alerts and data history, you can optimise your network for the long term via a deeper understanding of failure patterns.
How to set up my Network Monitoring?
HTTP and HTTPS checks ensure that your website is responding. The typical ports to check are ports 80 and 443 and typical check frequencies are each 1-5 minutes.
Alerts and notifications
Alerts need to reach you anytime, anywhere. Therefore a monitoring needs to tie into your preferred communication channels. Mail is useful for quick access, but while on the go you will need channels like Slack, SMS or Webhooks.
Upon each alert - or when you want to optimize your system - you will want to look into the data history of the dimensions you measure. In most cases, the past few days are sufficient. Compliance rules might require longer storage periods.
Regular reports on a daily or weekly/monthly basis provide proof of your systems’ performance and can be helpful for internal compliance to report key performance data on your IT operations.
Make it happen
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