Network managers rely on network availability monitoring tools when applications are down. IT teams no longer have to experience ensuing blame games because the monitoring system alerts the team when there are issues and offers the solution. The team adopts a proactive posture to service issues. The market provides an array of tools for the monitoring system such as the open source technology, which offers limited functionality and scale. The procurement team should first lay down the company’s needs and match them to the features of network monitoring system of the products available in the market. You need to make sure that the monitoring tool has specific features such as usability and ease of deployment to ensure that it will meet the network needs of your company.
Before you invest in a network monitoring system, you need to ask several questions such as licensing models offered by vendors. Vendors have varying licensing approaches for various monitoring capabilities. Other vendors base the licenses on the number of devices, interfaces or logical objects the company wants to manage. Also, the procurement team needs to determine the practice guidelines offered by the vendor for configuring its system. Some monitoring systems are deployed as separate installations and separate servers for each part while others as a single software package.
Network monitoring systems vary based on the size of networks they manage. Some vendors can monitor tens of thousands of devices while others hundreds of devices. Some can control an entire organization while others just a single location. Before you invest in the network tools, you need to determine the maximum level and size of distribution that the system supports. Also, you should understand how the vendor achieves scalability because the variations affect the complexity and usability of the system.
Ease of use
Networking staff should evaluate the flow and layout of the management to ensure that the system is easy to use. The team ought to consider how much training is required if the commands are intuitive enough and if the charts and graphs in the system make sense to the administrator. The company should invest in a system that offers value and adapts well to the enterprise.
The network monitoring system once installed will be part of the more extensive IT system in the organization. Therefore, the procurement team needs to understand if the company will need to integrate the system with other management products. Integration between management teams is essential to encourage collaboration. The procurement team must also evaluate the joint support and certification types the integrations ship with especially for third-party platform integration.
Compatibility with existing network infrastructure
Most companies have mixed-vendor infrastructures. When evaluating the network monitoring system, procurement team should determine the vendors and the tools supported by the platforms. Also, it should understand the technology types the system wants to manage. You don’t want to invest in a system that cannot be incorporated into the existing network infrastructure in the organization.
Each of these features should be considered before investing in a network monitoring system. Vendors will give promises that they can’t deliver. Therefore, the procurement team should evaluate the system and understand the requirements to map them to the company’s needs.