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Challenges of Network Performance & Environmental Monitoring

The performance of your network may deteriorate and suddenly become un-functional due to internal or external problems which can lead to faults or failures that affect the service performance, availability and ultimately have an impact on your company financially and even worse your company’s reputation.

Performance management tools and monitoring systems enable you to detect these deteriorating tendencies in advance and proactively solve the potential threats so that faults and failures can be prevented.

To understand what the main functions of performance management and environmental monitoring are and the big challenges presented for these systems and the techniques that can be used to address these challenges the details that follow will be focused on.

Functions of Performance Management, SNMP & Environmental Monitoring

Monitoring the network performance and the physical environmental conditions of your infrastructure are typically done from one or more Network Management Systems (NMS) and IP based sensor controllers located on site or at the Network Operations Center (NOC). Through communication protocols, most importantly SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) these systems can report the following operational status of your network infrastructure and critical equipment.

The NMS can query the current and historical performance of a single network element or the entire network including your domain/sub-network. Combining the SNMP protocol the NMS can also query or poll not only the live status of your physical infrastructure hardware through environmental sensors, but can also receive advanced alerts to warn of possible trouble.

This physical infrastructure hardware would include critical operational machines such as your network servers including email, data bases, order processing, customer support etc., network routers, switches, hubs and other key systems which, if they were to fail, could cause catastrophic problems to your business operations.

It is very important for the NMS combined with the environmental monitoring tools to also analyze and track the performance of your network and your infrastructures environmental conditions with predefined advanced tabular reports and graphs created specifically for each network element type. These might include for example; network loads, connection problems, temperatures, humidity, airflow.

All these highly sophisticated operations rely on data, i.e. performance measurements related to the performance of the devices and the network as a whole. Therefore the NMS and the environmental monitoring system selected to monitor your network most importantly must be reliable and compatible, able to process, store and administer performance data collected from your entire network using the SNMP communication protocol.

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