How To Choose A Network Management Program

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The IT industry is seeing innovating technologies in enterprise networks.  One of those trends is the growing need for flexibility with enterprise network systems.  “Elastic applications” represent a new type of architecture that can accommodate a company’s growing scale.

Some experts believe this type of infrastructure reduces costs as well as reduces time-to-market by giving a company’s IT staff the ability to adjust processing and storage resources based on workload.

A network management program monitors the flow and storage of data.  Often, businesses use cloud-based providers, of which Google is a recent entrant, in order to provide data flow and storage solutions.  Most business require an uninterrupted routing of internet connection within a local area network or any other type of network.

According to NETSAS, an Australian enterprise network firm, network software plays a crucial role in today’s business operations and data management.  “Relevant data and programs stored in the company’s database should be easily accessible to employees with the right permission,” the company stated on its website. “A poorly managed network can result in inefficient business operations, which do not just affect the employees who use it, but also the consumers who are on the receiving end of the cycle.”

When choosing network software and hardware, it’s important for a company to define its goals and scale so they can implement a customized network.  They’ll need to know how many computers and devices will connect to the network.

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Basic components are needed to establish and maintain a network system.  This includes the following:

  • Routing
  • Configuration management
  • Security management
  • Setting up a network can be costly and requires expertise. It is imperative that organizations, especially expansive ones, ensure that the software that they will use is also capable of:
  • Servicing provider multi-vendor networks
  • Operating on critical networks
  • Performing management audits
  • Designing large scale network projects
  • Designing vendor network migrations

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