A slow network is the bane of any organization’s existence. Business networks need to operate at an efficient pace in order to keep employees, IT teams, and clients happy. If a network is running slow, your company can’t properly perform critical tasks, which can cause massive headaches to your organization. How can you avoid slow speeds on your network?
Network performance monitoring (NPM) can help you reduce times when your network is performing slowly. Using a network monitoring solution, you can identify poor network speed and take steps to correct the issue. Because slow network speeds can be caused by a variety of issues, you need a monitoring solution to be constantly searching for slow performance. Below, we explain how you can avoid a slow-performing network using a network monitoring solution.
Finding the cause of a slow network
The basic functions of a network monitoring solution revolve around scanning a network for performance issues and alerting the user to any it finds. This includes monitoring your network for slow performance. Slow network speed can happen for a number of different reasons – excess data transmissions, malfunctioning devices, applications, malware, etc. An NPM searches for these issues and reports them to you. With a network monitoring solution, you can learn about slow performance on your network, even if it’s undetectable to the human eye.
Continuous network performance monitoring
Performance issues can happen at any time on your network. Rather than wait until a user on your network discovers a problem, your IT team should learn about the problem as it happens. If there’s slowdown on your network that you weren’t able to predict, you need to know about it ASAP.
Network monitoring solutions constantly observe the network and scan for performance issues. When it detects that the network is performing slower than it should be, it will alert you to the problem. An NPM can inform you whether or not the slow performance is network-wide or is contained in on area of your infrastructure. Depending on the tool, it can also perform diagnostics on the problem to help your company understand the issue before it begins troubleshooting. That way, you can start applying potential fixes quicker.
Optimizing network speeds
Sometimes, the issue isn’t about correcting major slowdown issues with your network. You can also use a network monitoring solution to help optimize your network speeds. It’s a safe bet that there are at least a handful of small performance issues that are marginally affecting your network. Even if these issues aren’t causing a huge problem, it’s still in your IT team’s interest to examine them. This way, you can optimize your network’s speed and help it operate even quicker. Fixing problems like this should be done on a case-by-case basis; not every small performance issue will be worth correcting, but depending on the problem, you can increase your network’s efficiency in small but effective ways.
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