The editors of Solutions Review work to research network monitoring and management on a constant basis. We compile technology research papers and reports, product updates, and capability trends. Then, we compile it into best practices articles posted every week. We offer a lot of network monitoring articles and best practices. Sorting through all of them could feel daunting to the IT decision-maker. Thus, we compiled some of our best network monitoring articles and best practices to simplify the research process.
The Top 17 Free and Open Source Network Monitoring Tools
“Choosing the right network monitoring solution for your enterprise is not easy. IT professionals and decision-makers need to consider several factors when choosing solutions for their business, such as security, compatibility, ease of use, and (of course) budget. Enterprise-grade tech solutions are typically viewed as expensive, but is that always the case? Not necessarily! There are several free and open source network monitoring tools that your business should consider when choosing a network monitoring solution.”
The 28 Best Network Performance Monitoring Tools for 2020
“The editors at Solutions Review have developed this resource to assist buyers in search of the best network monitoring tools to fit the needs of their organization. Choosing the right vendor and tool can be a complicated process — one that requires in-depth research and often comes down to more than just the tool and its technical capabilities. To make your search a little easier, we’ve profiled the best network monitoring solution providers all in one place. We’ve also included platform and product line names and introductory software tutorials straight from the source so you can see each solution in action.”
What’s Changed: 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics
“Gartner, Inc. released their 2019 Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics. The Magic Quadrant lists 16 different NPMD vendors and highlights their offerings, their strong suits, and their weaknesses. At Solutions Review, we read the report and pulled out everything that’s changed in the NPMD sector from last year’s Magic Quadrant.”
The Best Networking Certifications for Network Administrators
“Certifications are a great way for IT professionals to show their knowledge in a particular field or demonstrate their qualifications. For those in the networking market, there are several certifications that show expertise in building, operating, and/or maintaining networks of all shapes and sizes — including physical and virtual networks. Earning these certifications shows managers that you’re proficient in valuable networking skills and understand how a business network should be operated.”
5 Network Performance Monitoring Vendors to Watch in 2020
“As 2020 is now in full swing, we can look back on the previous year and see how its developments will impact the future. In 2019, we saw several vendors introduce advanced capabilities and expand their business beyond simple network monitoring. There were also some key acquisitions and buyouts that (we expect) will give small-scale network monitoring providers the resources to build themselves up into powerhouses in the industry. When thinking of what 2020 will bring for network monitoring vendors and solutions, it helps to watch the companies who are expected to deliver many innovations throughout the year.”
Active vs. Passive Network Monitoring: What Should Your Company Use?
“Should your company use active or passive network monitoring in its performance management strategy? Every company’s network monitoring methods and techniques are different, changing to reflect their needs and goals for network performance. Two of the most common network monitoring techniques are active monitoring and passive monitoring. What’s the difference between active and passive network monitoring, and which strategy is the right one to use?”
8 Benefits of Network Performance Monitoring Solutions
“What are the benefits of network performance monitoring solutions? The modern business can’t survive without a functional, high-performing network. If your enterprise’s network isn’t performing at the levels required of it, how can you expect to satisfy user and client demands? To that end, network performance monitoring solutions allow businesses to continuously observe their network for performance problems and take steps to fix them. The basic benefit of network monitoring solutions is tracking various network performance metrics; however, monitoring tools have many more advantages than that. How else can network monitoring solutions help your business create a better network? We’ve listed eight of the top benefits of network performance monitoring tools.”
The 12 Best Network Detection and Response Solutions for 2020
“The editors at Solutions Review have developed this resource to assist buyers in search of the best network detection and response solutions to fit the needs of their organization. Choosing the right vendor and tool can be a complicated process — one that requires in-depth research and often comes down to more than just the tool and its technical capabilities. To make your search a little easier, we’ve profiled the best network detection and response solution providers all in one place. We’ve also included platform and product line names and introductory software tutorials straight from the source so you can see each solution in action.”
Network Performance Metrics: 7 Essential Network Metrics to Monitor
“When you’re evaluating your network performance, there are several different metrics that you can analyze. Network performance can be affected by a number of different factors. Using a network performance monitoring (NPM) solution, your enterprise can search for these factors and understand how they’re hurting your network’s performance. The data your network monitoring solution collects allows your IT team to gain insights into performance metrics as well.”
4 Causes of Network Congestion – And How to Prevent Them
“Network congestion occurs when a network (or a portion of the network) or a network node is overloaded with data. Congestion can happen for a variety of reasons, but regardless of the cause, it can be a huge problem for companies. They annoy both customers and employees alike and reduce and enterprise’s productivity. However, an NPM can discover and alert you to any congestion or bottlenecks on your network. Below, we’ve listed 4 common causes of network congestion and how you can prevent them.”
A Beginner’s Guide to Network Detection and Response
“There are a handful of security functions that help protect networks from cyberattacks. This could range from DoS attack monitoring and device responsiveness detection – both of which are common features in network performance monitors (NPMs). However, network detection and response (NDR) has gained traction in the past year as an effective network security strategy. What is NDR, what is its purpose, and why should you integrate it into your network infrastructure? We’ve put together this guide to explain the basics of NDR and how it helps IT teams secure their networks.”
6 Key Capabilities for Network Performance Monitoring Solutions
“Not all network monitoring solutions are created equal, and when your business is evaluating network performance monitoring (NPM) tools, it needs to know the key capabilities to look for. The core function of network monitoring is to observe your network and inform your team of any current or imminent performance issues. On top of this, however, network monitoring tools come equipped with several additional features that help them stand out from the crowd — though not all of these features are worth the investment. When evaluating monitoring tools, your company needs to be able to weed out those unnecessary features and focus on key network performance monitoring capabilities.”
The Top 7 Network Security Books You Need to Read in 2020
“For network engineers and administrators that focus on network security, books are an excellent resource for learning how to effectively design and operate network security solutions. To that end, we’ve listed the top seven network security books that you should add to your reading list below. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in building and running wireless networks.”
How Do Network Monitoring Protocols Improve Network Performance?
“Networks are based on communication, both in terms of what they do for businesses and how they work. A network allows enterprises to send data, information, and other communications to any user connected to the Internet. The business can communicate with clients externally as well as other areas of their internal business infrastructure. Networks use protocols in order to define a common set of rules for those communications. An enterprise can take advantage of those protocols when it comes to their network monitoring strategies.”
How To Learn More
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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