Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Shining a light on the dark corners of your network

Being able to effectively monitor your entire distributed infrastructure and the performance that it is providing to end users is critical, and is what all network management systems are designed to do. However, not all are equally adept.

You wouldn't use a street light down the road to read a magazine at your house -- they are just designed to give a general view of the road with as few lights as necessary because they are expensive to install and operate.

Similarly, SNMP-based tools are limited by how much data they can collect and how often it can be collected in order to minimize the performance impact of these queries on the overall network. These tools are centrally located and network-dependent, so they fail to capture diagnostic data during network outages or disruptions, literally leaving IT staff “in the dark” and unable to determine the root cause of a problem, or how to fix it.

Uplogix Local Management Software can gather much more granular diagnostic data more frequently than SNMP-based systems without affecting the performance of the devices or the network. Uplogix Local Managers leverage serial connections to managed devices to collect data on hundreds of network performance variables every 5 to 30 seconds. Analyzing this data, Uplogix can then either automatically resolve the incident based on pre-approved guidelines, or communicate the problem and recommended recovery steps back to centralized IT staff for resolution.

Uplogix Local Managers, being locally deployed, can also monitor, measure and manage the performance of critical network services and applications from the end-user’s perspective. This is done by generating synthetic Internet, Network and VoIP transactions which can be designated to be performed over any network segment connecting two Uplogix Local Managers allowing infrastructure problems to be precisely isolated.

Administrators can quickly and easily establish acceptable thresholds for all monitored services and receive alerts via email when service-level events violate these thresholds. Service-level data is also stored to facilitate trend analysis, and can be easily exported for custom reporting or integration into other management systems.

See what local monitoring can do that SNMP can't when the network goes down: