7 Network Performance Myths Debunked and Explained

7 Network Performance Myths Debunked and Explained

It’s easy enough to determine if your network is performing well or not. Even without a network monitoring tool that analyzes network performance metrics for IT teams, people can typically notice when network performance is failing. However, how do you know if you truly understand network performance? If you don’t have the proper monitoring tools to visualize your performance, it’s hard to get an accurate picture of your network’s status – especially if you believe these network performance myths.

Just like any other technology, there are plenty of myths surrounding network performance that can harm your company’s perspective on its network. We at Solutions Review want to dispel these network performance myths to help enterprises understand how their network should be operating. Below, we’ve explained and debunked six network performance myths that your enterprise may believe – and how a network monitoring solution can help you deal with them.

Small network performance issues aren’t a problem

This can depend on the exact nature of the issue, but a small performance problem shouldn’t be ignored. Small performance problems could be an indication that a larger issue could be affecting your network. For example, malware might be designed to only create a small drain on your network to avoid detection. Even if the performance issue only has a minor effect on your network, it’s worth investigating.

A performance issue will only affect a small portion of a network

Again, this will depend on the specific problem, but a performance issue can be either network-wide or be contained to a small area. It’s critical that your enterprise maintains full visibility at all times in order to find performance issues that are affecting only a small portion of your network. Network monitoring solutions are designed to examine an entire network infrastructure for performance issues, wherever they’re located.

My Internet service provider will handle performance problems

While your ISP will handle performance issues on their end, they aren’t responsible for problems that occur on your network. If the hardware on your network is slowing it down, the onus is on your team to fix it. That’s why enterprises should have a monitoring tool in their infrastructure; it allows network teams to discover native performance issues that they can address.

The more nodes on a network, the better performance will be

The amount of nodes on your network might have an impact on your performance, but simply adding more nodes isn’t a guaranteed way to improve network speeds. In many cases, adding more nodes can actually make your performance worse. You need to design your network intelligently to service every area of your infrastructure while reducing unnecessary hardware costs.

Having a single route on a network is good enough

Routing is one of the most misunderstood aspects of network performance. It might seem unnecessary to have multiple paths and connections for each network node. However, you need to have multiple routes for data to travel in case a critical device on your network goes down. Otherwise, areas of your network will be completely cut off.

Security issues don’t impact network performance

Even though network security and network performance are separate categories of network operations, they can intersect. Malware and other threat actors can deliberately use a network’s available resources to slow it down. They also might attempt to disable specific network nodes by overloading it with data requests, which can affect a network’s ability to perform correctly.

I don’t need a security tool if I have a network monitoring solution

Many network monitoring tools come equipped with security features, including sweeping for malware and finding security breaches on your network. However, a network monitoring solution should not replace network security tools. A performance monitoring solution is best for visualizing performance issues in real-time and usually aren’t equipped to discover and interpret every security problem. Instead, it should work alongside security tools, such as endpoint security and managed detection and response (MDR), to help protect your network.


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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
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