With so many employees working out of the office with remote networking in response to the coronavirus outbreak, your company may feel the need to relax when it comes to security or performance monitoring. However, this is far from the case. In fact, it’s during heightened periods of remote work where businesses need to be more vigilant regarding how well the network is performing. When your IT team is working out of the office thanks to the coronavirus, though, how can you enable remote monitoring to track on-premise systems?
That’s where remote monitoring and management (RMM) tools come in. RMM solutions help managed IT service providers (MSPs) monitor networks and endpoints from a remote location. By using an RMM platform, IT teams can receive alerts on on-premise hardware and remotely take action to solve problems. These solutions are invaluable for enterprises who need to keep on-premise systems functional while employees work from home. We’ve listed the ways remote monitoring and management can help companies maintain daily operations as coronavirus forces workers to be out of the office.
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Installing remote monitoring agents
The beauty of RMM solutions is that for many of them have a one-size-fits-all solution for installing agents onto hardware. Most RMM providers feature a single agent that can be installed on any device or network node, eliminating the need to configure special agents for specific types of devices. This makes it easy for IT teams to install RMM agents on their entire infrastructure, ensuring that no node or system is left unmonitored.
Fixing network problems from anywhere
The biggest benefit of RMM solutions is one that businesses have been taking advantage of even before the coronavirus situation. That benefit is that IT teams can fix many network problems without having to physically interact with on-premise hardware. When you install an RMM agent onto a device, the platform can recognize it from anywhere, allowing users to reconfigure devices that aren’t performing properly from a remote location.
Preventing unnecessary office visits
Even during the coronavirus quarantine, IT workers may have to come into the office in order to fix problems with the company’s network. Obviously, you want to avoid this as much as possible for safety concerns, especially when the problems with the corporate network are minor. Advanced RMM solutions allow users to automate monitoring tasks through the RMM platform, meaning that users can focus on more pressing issues rather than repetitive monitoring tasks.
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