Best Practices

Network Mapping Tools

Network mapping tools are essential to any admin’s network environment in terms of keeping track of not only everything that’s deployed on your network, but making sure you have an up-to-date picture of your network at all times to speed troubleshooting.

In addition, network mapping tools provide the basis of compliance regulations including PCI DSS, which require an up-to-date network topology map. Most importantly, network mapping tools are simply the only way you can truly visualize your network infrastructure.

Core Features of Network Mapping Tools

Ideal network mapping tools give an IT manager an up-to-date view of the entire network topology, even as the network scales or changes in scope. In addition, network mapping tools should automate this entire process – from discovery, to mapping and tracking, to inventory and documentation of all of your IT assets across your entire infrastructure – to cut down on the time to resolution of issues.

custom network maps

An example of a custom network map in WhatsUp Gold

WhatsUp Gold does this and more across your entire physical and virtual infrastructures – from servers, deployed software, and network devices to VMs – documenting down to the level of port-to-port connectivity in a matter of minutes, so you don’t have to spend hours rummaging around in the wiring closet. In addition, you’ll also be able to export your network maps to Microsoft Visio and share with the rest of your team.

WhatsUp Gold’s topology maps can also be customized to your heart’s content – in hierarchical or spoke formats, or custom views. View your maps any way that’s best for your team. You can even add your own background images to custom maps.

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