Small businesses face the same technology challenges as larger companies. However, for a variety of reasons, many small businesses have not implemented a comprehensive network monitoring tools.
As such, these organizations are not able to be proactive in the of their networks and typically spend considerable time in reaction mode responding to user support and downtime issues. In addition, by attempting to deal with issues once they have occurred, it often results in longer downtime, reduced employee morale, frustrated end-users and higher overall infrastructure maintenance costs.
This is a shame as there are numerous monitoring tools currently available on the market. For the most part, these tools are very robust, flexible and easy-to- use with variations to fit any budget. A basic return-on-investment (ROI) calculation would quickly demonstrate the savings realized from reducing lost productivity and downtime.
A properly configured network monitoring tool can be used to proactively monitor and maintain systems around the clock so that potential problems can be identified before they turn into critical issues. For example, disk utilization can be monitored with alerts configured to be sent to the system administrator when user definable thresholds are exceeded and a server crash can be avoided.
Disk utilization is just one of hundreds of components that can be actively monitored by some of the more robust network monitoring applications. Additional items that should be monitored in a typical environment include:
- Device Availability
- Critical Application/Service Status
- Disk Utilization
- Memory Utilization
- Response Time Monitoring
- Back-up log checks
- Anti-virus log checks
- Event Log Monitoring
- Monitoring custom performance parameters
- Server health check and analysis of key trends
- Critical Alert Notification
- Asset Tracking
- Remote Access
With all the data that is captured every day, detailed and comprehensive reports can be created to support corporate planning, budgeting, compliance and regulatory requirements as well.
Be proactive, implement a 24/7 monitoring solution in your environment today and sleep easier at night