Network monitoring is one of the essential elements to be carried out by the IT department of every organization. A proper monitoring always ensures effective performance of the network at any point of time. Different methods are being used to monitor networks, among which network-monitoring software is one of the popular methods. This software let the IT admin to take care of monitoring related things without the help of a third party service provider. Before choosing a network monitoring software from a vendor it is better to know the things which let you know how to choose a reliable software. Listed below are the things which help you in opting a better one.
- Till now if you are using some freeware to monitor the performance of your networks, make a note of all the things which are tracked by that free tool and check for these things in the software, considering them as the basic must have features. Now if you find all the listed things, look for the things which are not listed. That means for some advanced features. If you find the features interesting, its well and good. In case, you are unable to find the basic ones which are listed by you then it is better to ignore that product. Compare the features offered by different products and makes sure that the one you are choosing is comprehensive as well as cost effective.
- A network is a complex thing which is built with multiple number of devices both hardware and software. Moreover, it is never a stable or steady thing. The number of things which made the network may increase or decrease at any point of time. So, the software which you are going to choose should be able to automatically detect the new ones or the removed ones, so that it can tell you the performance of the network after and before the addition or deletion of devices.
- As it includes different elements like the routers, servers, switches and so on, the software should be able to identify them and categorize them according to their nature.
- Alerting the admin about the issues the moment they occurred in the network is also one of the functions of a reliable software.