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Network Management Solution

In today’s world, businesses depend on the internet and networks for nearly all their operations. Most large-scale corporations from banks to IT services have their critical operations built around a network. With network types ranging from wired and wireless to virtual environments, network management has only become increasingly complex, and network administrators need all the help they can get.

This is where network management solutions play a crucial role. OpManager is a user-friendly and affordable network management solution that allows you to monitor routers, switches, firewalls, servers, VMs, storage devices, and anything else connected to a network. It also allows you to pinpoint the root cause of a problem with the network and eliminate it well before it can cause a critical issue. 

Why do networks need to be managed?

 In a large-scale corporation, it is next to impossible for network administrators to manually monitor the company’s tens of thousands of essential devices. If even one device fails, it could result in network downtime, which can lead to catastrophic losses for the company.

For example, a lot of business-to-consumer and business-to-business transactions are carried out on the network. If the underlying network service is unusable, these transactions will be interrupted. The other party may not be able to wait and may move on to another service or supplier. If hundreds and thousands of such transactions are affected, not only will profits take a big hit, but several of these incidents can affect the trust customers have in a brand and damage the company’s reputation.

Using a network management software like OpManager, any issue with the network or network devices can be easily identified and resolved, preventing issues from causing problems for customers.

What can you do with network management software?

Network management solutions offer a multitude of features that can help an organization keep a close eye on their network as well as reduce manual effort from the network administrator.

Here are a few key features of a good network management solution:

1. Monitor network performance

OpManager monitors the performance of all your network devices including server performance, router performance, and switch performance, ensuring they are in perfect working condition all the time. Important network performance metrics such as disk, memory, and CPU utilization; errors; and discards are continuously monitored to make sure your network health is in check. Tools such as Ping and Traceroute are employed to diagnose any errors that may occur.

2. Visualize networks

Complex and sophisticated networks used by organizations can make it incredibly difficult for network admins to monitor networks for performance, availability, and network faults. Network management systems like OpManager include several visualization tools to enable network administrators to easily manage complex and distributed networks. It allows you to discover and visualize any Layer 2 devices connected to your network. The Business Views tab shows devices in a graphical format based on the business services they deliver. You can also use the Maps feature to visualize your network by arranging your devices on maps according to their geographic distribution. These features are useful while presenting to a larger audience or in NOC rooms.

3. Streamline device discovery

OpManager gives you the option to select which devices you’d like to monitor and which devices can be ignored. Using the Discovery Filter, you can choose to add or ignore individual devices. OpManager also has a Discovery Rule Engine that allows you to set custom rules to automatically associate monitors and notification profiles to devices. The Discovery Rule Engine can help further automate the discovery process.

4. Receive proactive alerts

Threshold values can be set for individual devices. In OpManager, this is done based on four severity levels: Attention, Trouble, Critical, and Rearm. Custom threshold values can be set for the different severity levels, and notifications for threshold breaches can be set accordingly. When a device threshold is exceeded, OpManager will send an alert so the necessary actions can be taken. Reports can also be generated when issues like these occur.

5. Remediate faults

When a network fault is detected or a device threshold is exceeded, OpManager sends an alert. These alerts can be customized according to the threat severity level or the notification profile. OpManager also has a number of fault management systems including Reports and Workflows to ensure the network admin can resolve any issue efficiently and with ease. 

Reports help determine the performance of your network in a short amount of time. OpManager allows you to export reports to PDF or XLS file formats. You can also schedule the reports to be emailed or published to the necessary contacts.

6. Automate network troubleshooting 

OpManager offers workflows that provide network admins with automations for network maintenance and troubleshooting. The workflows are code free and utilize a drag-and-drop feature to reduce the effort required by the network admin. They can also be saved as XML files and imported into other instances of OpManager when needed. Workflows are especially useful in large networks with a constantly growing number of resources.

It is important to choose a network management solution that can effectively tackle network bottlenecks and performance issues that might negatively impact network performance. Network assessment and monitoring is considered an important step toward aligning your IT infrastructure with your business goals. 

To learn more about ManageEngine OpManager, sign up for a personalized demo. Details about OpManager’s features and pricing are available on the website You can also check out the free online demo version and see if OpManager is the right fit for you and your organization.