4 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Network Monitoring Solution

4 Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Network Monitoring Solution

Solutions Review lists four signs that indicate it’s time for your business to upgrade your network monitoring solution.

Network monitoring solutions have undergone significant evolution over the past few years as vendors add new capabilities and features to address new use cases. As such, it might be time for your business to upgrade its network monitoring solution. Below, we listed four signs that your network monitoring solution and practices should be upgraded when you’re considering new technologies for the new year.

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You’re still using a ping monitoring software

Ping monitoring software connects to every device on a company’s network and periodically sends requests to those devices for updates on performance status. At their basic level, these solutions check to make sure devices are currently operable and not malfunctioning. While pings are still useful, enterprises that rely solely on ping monitoring miss a number of crucial details that can help improve the performance and reliability of the network. The biggest weakness of ping monitoring is that pings only return one metric back to the administrator: whether or not the system is functional. They don’t provide any insight into how well the device is performing or if there are any areas of your network that are receiving slow communications.

You only focus on performance monitoring

Most network monitoring vendors solely focus on network performance monitoring, but in recent years, some companies have combined their network monitoring solutions into monitoring suites. Other solutions that come equipped in these suites include application performance monitoring, digital experience monitoring, network security tools, and end-user experience monitoring. These technologies help paint a broader picture of your network performance, so finding a vendor that covers all these capabilities.

You need to ensure your network is performing well at all times. Our Network Monitoring Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top network performance monitoring vendors, as well as questions you should ask providers and yourself before buying. We also offer a Free and Open Source Network Monitoring Buyer’s Guide if you’re a small business or have a tighter budget but still want enterprise-grade monitoring for business networks.

You don’t get performance updates in real-time

Performance issues can happen at any time, and without the right tools, it can sometimes be impossible for your company to discover them before they become a huge issue. You need to be able to discover problems in real-time (or as close to it as possible) to fix them quicker. Most modern network monitoring tools feature real-time network alerting capabilities, informing your IT team about every issue that it encounters as soon as it’s discovered. That way, your company can patch performance troubles before they blossom into something problematic.

Your solution doesn’t feature automated remediation

Advanced remote network monitoring solutions also include capabilities to fix performance issues and reconfigure devices from any location or device as long as it recognizes an agent. This makes it easier for your company to focus on more important network operations and not spend time fixing repetitive or consistent issues.


Looking for a solution to help you improve your network performance? Our Network Monitoring Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top network performance monitor vendors, as well as questions you should ask providers and yourself before buying.

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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
Daniel Hein