Get a Better Handle on your Network

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Amazon and Google were in the headlines in 2012 for their highly visible outages, proving just how susceptible companies are to IT disruptions, and the negative impact on sales and productivity they can have.

Before jumping into your 2013 projects, IT Managers must establish baselines to understand exactly where they stand.

As networks become more complex (virtual vs. physical, wired vs. wireless, etc.), the pressure is on to improve performance and availability of business-critical and customer-facing applications.

To get better control of your network, here are four important baselines to create:

  • Inventory baseline: You can’t control what you don’t know exists.
  • Performance baseline: Start with the ‘big five’ – CPU, memory, disk and interface utilization, as well as ping latency – gauge key application consumption and optimal thresholds.
  • Configuration baseline: Understand how current configurations impact security, compliance and overall control of the network.
  • Bandwidth and data flow baseline: Measure what’s happening on the network, when and how much bandwidth is consumed.

Are you interested in learning more? Download our complete how-to guide on establishing effective IT baselines.

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