The Basic Guide to Network Management

June 21, 2012 by  Filed under: Management 

For many businesses these days, network management is a vital part of their logistics infrastructure. However, numerous business owners think that simply installing network monitoring systems and management tools in their office will solve all technical issues. In reality, a successful system requires forward planning in terms of baseline and inventory, and configuring the system to meet the type of network the company particularly needs, along with constant processes to ensure the system is working toward its highest ability. By taking the time to understand network management systems and tailoring them towards the particular needs of an office, companies can enjoy an increase in productive output and happier relations with both customers and employees.

Essentially, network management is the maintenance of an IT infrastructure, such as those found in an office or telecommunications environment, which executes functions such as security, configuration, accounting, and performance throughout the office network system. Closely linked to management systems are network monitor systems, which include fault monitoring. The fault application monitors an ethernet network for malfunctions, notifies the network administrator, and in some cases can correct the malfunction that occurred. This system enables businesses to react more quickly to network outages, and more importantly enables them to keep on top of any malfunctions that might occur in their network before their customers complain.

Security management is one of business’s biggest concerns today, and with the threats of social media, the press, and leaked information, business owners are searching for improved methods of securing their company information and secrets. By using a security management system, a company’s network is protected from outside aggressors using unauthorised access, and controls the distribution and reportage of security information. These security networks also help protect an employee’s SIP and VoIP data when making a video conference call.

Configuration network management will perhaps help businesses the most, but also requires the most work and attention. Overall, the system helps manage the security of a particular network by controlling alterations made to the system’s software, hardware, documentation, and test features. Before installing this network management however, it is important to decide what parameters of the system it will manage, and configure devices and systems to a specific threshold and task, and decide whether these devices and systems will send data to the management tools or vice versa. When configuring software in the system however, it is split into two different parts: component repository management and engineering support. Component repository management involves the storage of software entities from a software project, whilst engineering support involves the production and change to these software entities.

A performance management system acts like a source of network data for a company and is a fundamental source of information for their servers and routers. Basically, this network system monitors the performance of servers, routers, circuits, and provides an analysis of network congestion and traffic. This information is particularly valuable not only in assessing the success of the network management system overall, but in highlighting areas of improvement for a company and enabling them to stay on top of their management system. In fact, most customer complaints are about performance issues, not faults.

Another invaluable part of a network management is an accounting network system. This technology allows the system to account and report to the company about the financial status of the network by using fiscal data such as bank account maintenance, financial statement development, cash flow and financial health to configure its results. By providing this information, a company can monitor the financial rewards of the network system and ensure it meets their goals and expectations.

Emily Collins writes for Britannic Technologies. Take a look here to see what they can do for your company.

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