Monitoring of Your Network is Easier Than You Think

It is a common misconception that small business owners shouldn’t require certain IT security protocols, given the nature of a small business itself – after all, a relatively easy-to-run operation doesn’t demand what a Fortune 500 company does, right? Reality is a bit different in this situation; even small business owners with limited IT expertise would be wise to monitor their networks – and this includes everything from disk space to offline response and even trends.

The best part about it is that setting up real-time 24-hour automated monitoring of your network is easier than you might think.

Let’s get a couple of basics out of the way first. If you’re running a small-to-medium-sized business, you know what kind of a herculean task IT maintenance can be. There’s usually one sole responder for your company’s IT emergencies, and this individual must juggle everyday tasks like responding to help desk tickets and checking server logs and backups, all while maintaining healthy, glitch-free network infrastructure. Even if you and your IT expert arrive at the office at four in the morning and consume an entire pot of coffee by yourselves, fulfilling these weighty responsibilities borders on the impossible.

Why Monitor Your Network?

Monitoring of Your NetworkThe bottom line here is this: As reliable network performance becomes more vital and security threats target organizations of all sizes – just read many of our blogs on this site about these threats – a compelling case for small businesses to deploy diagnostic network tools has been built. Network monitoring can optimize IT infrastructure performance with less effort, enable faster troubleshooting and help prevent network outages. In fact, all things considered, a strategic investment in the right network monitoring tool can actually save time and money for small-to-medium-sized businesses.

Here are, the way we see it, the top eight reasons why SMBs should invest in a solid network monitoring solution:

  1. Growing network can be visually documented
  2. More can be done with less
  3. Monitoring can be done from anywhere
  4. Troubleshooting issues can be addressed more easily
  5. Future growth can be planned
  6. Security network can be improved
  7. Trends can be tracked without hours of data digging
  8. Bottom line can be improved

Further, network monitoring tracks disk space development across the entire network and maintains an overview of the storage levels of, for example, Unix, Linux and Windows systems. When a server or vital network device goes offline, an automated response from a network monitoring system alerts the relevant staff when any problems arise, as well.

Different Monitoring Technologies

To call the realm of network monitoring tools, software and vendors massive would be something of an understatement. To put a fine point on it, new software, tools and utilities are being released almost every year to compete in an ever-evolving marketplace of IT and server monitoring. As we look towards the rest of 2020, it is vital that small-to-medium-sized businesses find a solution that fits all their criteria.

Some of the technologies imbedded in the solutions you should be looking for include uptime/downtime indicators, a robust and thorough alerting system (via email/SMS), custom templates and thresholds, Netflow and SNMP Integration, Automatic Network Topology Discovery and Mapping functionality…among a plethora of others.

We understand how overwhelming and downright confusing a lot of this could be, which is why we have decided to focus on a particular solution and how easy it is to set up.

PRTG Network Monitor with Free Sensors

This solution makes a perfect match for small-to-medium-sized business needs, and remains one of the best choices for organizations with low experience in network monitoring. Boasting a user interface that’s powerful and simple to use, the PRTG Network Monitor software from Paessler has become revered for its advanced infrastructure management capabilities. What does this mean for you?

Now you can stay ahead of IT infrastructure issues by monitoring all the systems, devices, traffic and applications in your IT infrastructure including:

  • Bandwidth
  • Database
  • Applications
  • Cloud
  • Servers
  • LAN
  • SNMP

Everything is included with PRTG, and there’s no need for additional plugins or downloads. What’s more, PRTG, as a powerful and easy-to-use solution, is suitable for businesses of all sizes, not just small- or medium-sized ones.

Making the deal even sweeter is the free PRTG 100 version of the product, which offers 100 sensors and the complete range of functions so you can keep an eye on critical points in your IT – at no cost.

For more information about the PRTG solution as well as everything related to real-time network monitoring, contact DMS iTech today.