In an earlier post, we talked a little about the importance of IT network discovery, the process of cataloguing and bringing assets on your network under management. Discovery gives you a picture of your network at a particular point in time and is the crucial first step toward proactive IT network management.
A few days ago, I went to cookout with some friends, one of whom has a three-year-old, George. Even though guests were constantly arriving and George’s mother was carrying on three different conversations, she knew exactly where he was.
The instant George zoomed around the corner toward the front lawn, she called him back into her field of view. George has a great mom. He’s so well monitored and managed that he might not escape close scrutiny until he gets his regular driver’s license.
As guardians of all of the precious assets on networks, we have to monitor a host of fast-changing processes and be ready to respond to any unexpected mischief on the network. Monitoring is made harder by well-known IT network management trends: increasingly mobile workforces, BYOD, migration to the cloud, ever greater amounts of data to manage, shadow IT projects, etc.
Great IT Monitoring = Great IT Network Management
However, high quality network monitoring makes a difference. Great IT monitoring makes great IT network management possible. A while back I developed an eBay habit (I’m in recovery now). As eBay has matured, some users improved auction watching and automated bidding by using sniping software. They won more auctions because they were using better network monitoring and management tools. In the largest human enterprises, monitoring matters.
If you would like to learn about the tools and tactics your peers are using to achieve more consistent, more trouble-free, more proactive IT network management, please tune in to Kaseya’s recent webinar 5 Best Practices for Network Discovery & Management in 2013. Join American Association of Community Colleges’ CTO Jonathan Nelson and Kaseya’s Ray Barber for a lively discussion of best practices to:
- Discover the current state and health of your IT infrastructure
- Manage your constantly changing environment through a single platform
- Quickly and securely gain access to machines, domains, users, network devices and networks
- Automate monitoring and remediation of issues – before they impact operations
- Deploy software, security and settings to all machines across multiple sites at once without interrupting users or business systems
Please make time. Come. Meet Jonathan Nelson. Learn how he uses Discover, Manage, Automate, and Validate (DMAV) to make IT network management seem as easy as child’s play. Catch the full webinar here.