Network technologies are about increasing speeds. Most new IT advancements are about increasing speed, but networks are particularly important. A slow network slows workflows down for just about anyone. Thus, the popular practice of combing words with operations has come to networking to bring us NetOps.
Agile is a lot of IT professional’s favorite buzzwords. It birthed DevOps and all its variants. It changed the perspective a lot of people had on IT. NetOps has been somewhat overlooked in the grand scheme of ___Ops, but agile networking is just as important as any other process.
Another cultural shift
Just like DevOps, it all starts with a cultural shift. DevOps is designed to break down silos, implement best practices through collaboration, and harness modern tools for efficiency. NetOps mostly follows this same trend.
DevOps focuses more intently on the cultural shift. Without a cultural change, DevOps related tools wouldn’t be as effective. NetOps behaves differently, though, as tools are the driving force of what makes it efficient. Tools bring about the cultural change more than the cultural change brings tools. Network performance monitoring tools, for example, make this NetOps shift possible.
A quality network is more about reliability than it is about speed. What’s the sense in having a fast network that’s only available 60% of the time? Reliability is the essence of NetOps. Following the best practices during an outage or a DDoS attack is what makes a NetOps network more reliable.
It all starts with automation. Automated workflows and analytics tools give teams the insights and time they need to maintain a healthy network. Network performance monitoring tools give these insights to network teams and allow them to get ahead of potential issues.
Manually searching for network issues doesn’t make sense anymore in the fast-paced IT world. End users shouldn’t be telling you your network is having issues, you should know before they do. Root cause analysis is a great tool for figuring out where problems are stemming from and how to fix them. Retire the network “war room!”
Agility is about time
Having automated tools makes network monitoring a much faster process. Instead of looking for problems, you’re told exactly what the problem is and where it started. Eliminating problems that affect users as they arise should be the priority in network monitoring.
It doesn’t make sense to dedicate resources to finding a problem when this process can be automated. Many network monitoring solutions also provide specific fixes to problems. A looming network problem won’t potentially be around the corner at every turn. Having confidence in your network is the peace of mind every company deserves.
Network monitoring tools bring in detailed data about network performance. Data is what drives innovation in any field. Also, eliminating monotonous tasks allows network professionals to spend time on more productive and creative tasks. Taking risks will also be less stressful, as root cause analysis is essentially a safety net. If the risk you’re taking doesn’t pan out, you can proactively fix the problem and try something else. You’ll know the problem and exactly what you’re doing wrong.
Building the best network for your company relies on internal innovation. Network performance monitoring helps you get there, but your team needs to innovate from within to make the best network for your needs.
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