What are the network performance challenges your company needs to address? Businesses need their network to perform well in order to satisfy their clients and maintain successful operation. To facilitate this, network administrators can deploy network monitoring and management tools to track and fix any performance issues that arise. However, your company needs to be prepared to address the network performance challenges they’re likely to face.
The specific network performance problems a business faces will differ, but every business must be ready to fight back against these challenges before they happen. Read on to discover five common network performance challenges that your enterprise needs to be prepared for.
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Identifying the root cause of a network performance problem
Fixing a network performance issue isn’t just a matter of removing the problem from your network; your network team needs to be able to identify the root cause of the issue. Some performance problems might just be isolated issues, but many have an underlying cause that your business needs to understand. Many network monitoring solutions include root cause analysis capabilities to help administrators discover major issues affecting their network.
Proactively discovering network performance issues
A reactive network monitoring strategy doesn’t work anymore; network teams need to be proactively looking for and fixing performance problems. Network performance issues can happen at any time, and as networks grow more complex, the sheer number of issues a company will face grows as well. Therefore, administrators need to be able to detect the warning signs of a performance problem before it occurs.
Poor network visibility
Your company can’t claim to understand its network performance if it doesn’t have full network visibility. Companies need to monitor their entire network infrastructure; any device that isn’t monitored could be dragging performance down without your enterprise even noticing it. You also need to configure your monitoring systems to check for the performance metrics your company wants to track.
Misconfiguring network devices
When you install or modify a device on your network, your company needs to ensure that you’ve configured that device correctly. Devices need to be configured to work with the other devices and be tracked by a network monitoring tool — otherwise, that device can become a strain on your network performance.
Not examining historic network performance data
In order to understand your network’s current performance, it helps to examine historic performance data to put your network performance in context. While examining your network in real-time is important, looking at historic performance data helps your enterprise discover performance trends over time. It’s also useful for root cause analysis, as your team can look directly at the performance data during the time of a performance incident.
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