IT network management

One of the most important elements of company IT infrastructure is the IT network on which IT systems and services fulfilling the company’s business demands are based. Nowadays, the amount of data stored, increased bandwidth demands, virtualised environments, the spread of mobile devices, security risks inherent in the necessary openness of the networks require a fast infrastructure of high availability that is able to react to changing demands and arising errors immediately.

In order to ensure the efficient, safe, sustainable operation of the infrastructure, it is necessary to constantly monitor the state, operation and load of the active and passive devices constituting the network. In other words, the management of the components constituting the network is of vital importance. With the help of the traffic and load data monitored through management activity, drops in service level arising from exposure to heavy duty and predictable errors can be prevented. In addition, existing network errors can be identified and fixed fast and in proper time, service outages, disrupted functions affecting the company’s course of business can be properly restored according to the required service level. By analysing the temporal change of the measured data, the network operator can shed light on two important factors. On the one hand, shorter periods of regular network overload on a daily or yearly basis depending on business processes can be detected, thus you can prepare for the increased duty of these periods. On the other hand, the data indicate long-term trends which might signal the necessity of network expansion or inappropriate capacity distribution.

The advantages of central network management are clear: lucidity, enhanced security, flexibility, increased availability and plannability.