Necessary skills of the hottest enterprise network

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Enterprise level network monitoring system "necessary skills"

network availability monitoring system is usually the first line of defense in case of application failure. Each team of IT organization can't help pushing each other when something happens. At this time, the network availability monitoring system is an essential tool

in fact, as long as the correct system is deployed, this shirking phenomenon can not even occur again. This availability monitoring tool has complete alarm and error isolation functions. With this tool, the network team can deal with service problems in advance

there are various products in the network availability monitoring system market, including open source tools that only support limited functions and scale, and large enterprise products from large enterprise IT management suppliers such as IBM and HP. When purchasing the monitoring system, under the current situation of sluggish economic growth and structural adjustment difficulties in China, the purchasing team must integrate the needs of the enterprise with the monitoring characteristics of various products

when collecting suppliers' request for proposals (RFP), there are several points that must be considered: easy deployment, availability, compatibility with existing infrastructure, scalability, and integration support with a large number of IT management tools

deployment mode

when considering the deployment mode of network availability monitoring system, the first problem is to understand the authorization mode clearly. Different suppliers have different authorization methods. Some sell licenses according to different monitoring functions, while others charge according to the number of devices or logical objects that the enterprise needs to manage. Be sure to carefully check their authorization methods to determine the use cost and maintenance difficulty of the system

the next thing to pay attention to is the actual deployment mode. The procurement team should find out whether the supplier has provided best practice guidance on system configuration. In addition, some monitoring systems are independently deployed software packages, while others require separate installation of various components, including databases, detection systems, analysis engines and front-end consoles under construction in East China, North China and southwest manufacturing bases. Usually, if the supplier's product deployment includes multiple components, the latter deployment method will be adopted to achieve maximum scalability and flexibility, but this method will also add additional complexity to some enterprises

the procurement team should ensure that the existing requirements of the network availability monitoring system can ensure that the selected system can operate efficiently. But this is not always the case. The research of the enterprise management association shows that there are a large number of shelf software in enterprises, that is, some time-consuming and expensive tool software

the management console is one of the most important network monitoring system features to be evaluated by network personnel. Is there a reasonable chart function for typical users on the system? Is the command simple enough? How much training does it take for relevant personnel to learn to use the system? In this case, through a proof of concept process, allowing network managers to truly experience the system can help ensure the smooth use of the system and generate value for the enterprise

compatible with existing network infrastructure

many organizations mix products from multiple vendors in the enterprise environment. For example, they may use the switches of oneortwo suppliers, and then use the border routers of another. In addition, wireless devices from another supplier may also be used. When evaluating the network availability monitoring system, the style team needs to determine which vendors and platforms the tool supports

this evaluation process may need to be expanded beyond the network infrastructure. Many enterprises also monitor the servers and storage connected to these systems. When checking the suppliers and equipment supported by a management system, the procurement team must also define the types of technologies it can manage. This includes virtualization technology and cloud services

system scalability

network availability monitoring systems may vary greatly due to the different styles and scales they can manage. Some suppliers' products can monitor hundreds of devices, while others can monitor thousands of devices. Moreover, some systems can only monitor one location, but other products can cover the entire enterprise

the downstream demand of a certain soft bubble is 444000 tons. To determine the maximum scale and distribution that the network monitoring system can support, and more importantly, to determine the way for suppliers to achieve scalability. A vendor may be able to monitor a large distributed network containing thousands of devices on one server. Other vendors may deploy multiple servers to various locations in the enterprise, and then bind them together through a front-end console. These differences will affect the use and complexity of the system


similar to other products, this network monitoring system is also part of a large IT management system. The purchasing team should evaluate whether the enterprise needs to integrate other management products. For example, the network engineering team may use the availability monitoring system to monitor and manage the network, while the network operation team may use a more advanced service assurance system. The integration between these two systems will promote collaboration between different teams

other potential network monitoring system features include network performance management, log analysis, application performance management, network change and configuration management, etc. In fact, many network availability monitoring providers provide a large number of IT management tools and integration technologies to varying degrees. However, for the integration of third-party platforms, the procurement team should also evaluate the supplier's technology partner ecosystem, the type of certification, and the joint support attached to these integrated technologies

each of the features of the network monitoring system mentioned above constitutes the main part of the RFP, and the sudden changes in the shape of its metal components, surface nicks or internal defects are the basis for the procurement of the availability monitoring system. There are a large number of products in different forms in the market, and many suppliers often exaggerate. Therefore, the network team must fully understand the requirements of the monitoring system, and then associate these requirements with the functions of the evaluated products. The purchasing team should answer all these questions and verify them in the product evaluation process before making a purchasing decision

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