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Network monitoring for effective productivity

If you work in or as part of a large corporate, chances are that you are involved in some way with the network infrastructure. Every large corporate organization in this knowledge economy uses an efficient network as the never centre of all operations. Whether you spend your time actively administering the network, or even sitting in front of the computer to check your email, the reliable performance of the network when you need it to perform can spell the difference between effective productivity and crippling inefficiency.

Amazon ImageIf you are a network administrator or you are interested in monitoring what people are doing on the network, then welcome to the world of network monitoring. With the proliferation of network monitoring tools and devices, you just cannot go wrong in keeping tabs on your network activities. In a network that requires monitoring intrusion threats from the outside, an intrusion detection system deployment is the recommended option. What if you simply want to monitor the status of your server, monitoring software will help you do that by sending what are called HTTP requests to keep tabs of the server environment. These status requests will either return a time-out or a successful ping. A network monitoring software has the advantage of measuring end to end response times accurately as well as alerting the user using various ways. An alarm may be sounded when a predefined limit is reached, when a certain condition is not met or when security is bleached. These alerts can even be configured to be sent via email to a remote user in real-time.

Knowing the status of your network can often prove to be immeasurably beneficial. When you have infrastructural crises, when your systems are not working as they should, when there is a security loophole that needs to be plugged immediately or even when you need access to inventory and data reports, you need effective network monitoring solutions. This is why network monitoring systems are all the rage in the corporate workplace. And the very reason why network monitoring companies are raking in big bucks.

Network monitoring also allows one to take note of failing or slowing systems. Without networking surveillance, it can be difficult to determine bottlenecks in a network. Perhaps a server is failing due to too many requests, perhaps memory on a server is full or it could be infected by some form of malware. Other problems include overloaded systems, crashed servers and power outages. Some network monitoring software take virtual snapshots of a network’s workflow. This allows for problem resolution even before a network failure occurs.

In the real world however, network monitoring does not have to be a complicated endeavor. It can be as simple as tracking the number of people logged in at any one time or the number of people using a certain resource on a network. When done right and with the right motive, then it can be a real time and money saver.

What is a network monitoring system? And how is it different from the numerous engineers and technicians you have on your rolls? Isn’t an automated network monitoring system nothing but a redundancy? And what makes a program or a system better at network monitoring than a bunch of professionals who are trained to react to strange and often unexpected downtime? These are all natural questions that need to be asked when network monitoring crops up. And an effective network monitoring system will answer all of them.

A network monitoring system is a program or process that ensures that a critical resource like your network infrastructure continues to work effectively, efficiently and reliably. It not only keeps track of all the network inventory information, it also monitors the utilization of your network resources, rapidly determines connectivity and cross connectivity across the network, monitors the uptime and reliable availability of shared network resources and even tracks and reports historical utilization patterns and uses the information to predict outages. It is an automated, and highly effective way to monitor your network infrastructure. Remember that a network monitoring system is not meant to replace your engineers and technicians. Rather, the network monitoring system you use will be a valuable tool that they can use to understand your networks better and provide apt service.

When it comes to network monitoring, the thin line between legal monitoring and privacy bleaching gets more and more vague. However, if you are managing a network, monitoring is one thing you want to be doing at any time. Network monitoring is like policing what is being accessed on the network and what network traffic is being transmitted across the network. This is something you want to be doing at any one time. Well-managed networks that have less downtime are ones that are regularly under surveillance. In a busy network environment, it can go a long way in determining the productivity of the team.

The best part is that most network monitoring systems today are built for seamless integration.

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What this means is that even if you are not hunched in front of your computer 24/7 or are out of the office or even t country, the network monitoring system can send you real time messages about the status of your network. You can either visit a website where the reports are hosted for your information and action, or even receive an SMS on your mobile phone or an update to your handheld. So that you can use your time to act on issues rather than on full time network monitoring! And give your customers the value for the money that they deserve.

How Software Will Make Computer Shopping Obsolete

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Paul Lachine

Every new computer comes with one guarantee: There will be a faster, shinier, newer model in short order—and you will fawn over it. It’s hard not to. Processors double in power every 18 months, and other parts turn over even more quickly. Memory gets faster. Screens pack more pixels. Hard drives grow larger. And so on. Like it or not, the product cycle is also a cycle of dependency. We don’t just want the newest thing—we actually need it in order to run the latest programs. But there is a way out, and it starts with a return to computing’s roots.

The product cycle is also a cycle of dependency. We don’t just want the newest thing—we actually need it. The first commercial computers of the 1950s were mainframe systems. In a mainframe, a central terminal—sometimes as large as a room—houses processors, memory, and storage. Individual workstations connect to that central hub to tap into shared programs and databases. Over the decades, the systems grew increasingly powerful. Mainframes at large institutions or agencies can run multiple instances of an operating system at once. The everyday user, however, has no need for anything as large and expensive as a mainframe. At home, personal computers still rule.

But in the last decade, the cloud has started to change how people use their PCs. Connectivity is now just as important as hardware, which gives users ready access to software and backup services over the Internet. There’s Gaikai for videogames, Amazon Instant Video for movies and TV, and Spotify for music—just to name a few. And in 2011, Google introduced Chromebooks, the first laptops that rely almost entirely on the cloud to deliver software to users. As a result, the machines need only a bit of memory and a low-power processor.

Software improvements can push the Chromebook idea a step further by transforming the cloud into a portable personal mainframe. Neverware, a New York start-up, has developed software that can deliver complete instances of Windows to up to 100 computers over Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The system even works on machines with as little as 128 MB of RAM and 500mHz processors. More than 30 public schools have installed the central server, dubbed the Juicebox 100. And as broadband access improves, Neverware hopes to deliver the entire service through the cloud.

The mainframe model could expand beyond PCs. Intel Labs’s Clone Cloud project, for example, could do for old smartphones what Neverware does for old computers. When a phone’s performance starts to lag, users would load a clone of their system to Intel’s server and assign it tasks that the processor can no longer handle (say, graphics rendering). The service would deliver data over a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. And it won’t stop there; wherever there’s a screen—be it a tablet or television—and Internet access, there could also be a functioning computer. Every videogame, every website, every piece of software will work everywhere. And hardware will never be out-of-date again.

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of Popular Science.