Before we get to the question of do you have enterprise management IT capabilities, maybe the better question is what is it? The definition of enterprise management varies depending on who you talk to, but, most people agree that it involves monitoring more than a single department or group and spans the management of systems enterprise-wide. Does your organization have the enterprise management power it needs? Consider these five key factors (although there are many more) when making your decision:
To manage an enterprise environment your network management software should be able to scale from a single site to multiple sites in different locations. You should be able to monitor and interact with the local, regional and global operations using a single console that aggregates all the information. Scaling to enterprise levels means more than adding collectors as you grow. It should include the ability to maintain contextual awareness of the source and location of the information, grouping capabilities and user security spanning the various data sources and locations.
2. High Availability/Redundancy
In the event of a network outage, your network management software should continue to operate without a hitch. Local collectors should continue to gather, de-duplicate, analyze data and provide local visibility into events until a centralized network connection is re-established. This should occur automatically without human intervention.
3. Enterprise Visibility
Today’s complex and ever changing enterprise environment consists of a range of devices and network technologies for data, voice, video, wireless, satellite and more. An enterprise solution should deliver the capability to give you a 360° view of all your systems to remove any blind spots. You should be able to manage networks, apps, security and servers in a single system. You should also be able to get the targeted views you need whether it’s a NOC level view or one for an operational role.
4. Fault and Performance Management
As your network continues to grow and evolve with your enterprise, your network management software needs to keep pace. Your network management solution should be able to perform at enterprise levels. It should be able to:
• Classify tens of thousands of devices on initial network discovery
• Manage fault and performance for tens of thousands of devices
• Handle tens of millions of events per day or more per collection server
• Deliver all of these features in a secure format (SNMP v3, Encrypted secure tunneling and other NIST compliant security measures)
5. Manage Legacy and Non-SNMP Equipment
Large diverse IT environments that have legacy equipment and non-SNMP devices need flexible means for acquiring data and monitoring devices. You should be able to manage non-standard devices and legacy environments without extensive service engagements. An enterprise management solution should provide access to its API to add functionality and integrate with 3rd party applications.
How do these five factors relate to the functionality you have with your network management solution? What other factors should be considered in your view? If you are looking for enterprise management power that can meet these five factors and more consider NeuralStar
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NeuralStar has been proven in some of the worlds largest and most security conscious environments in the globe. The solution is being used by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Microsoft and many other organizations. Contact us
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