As the networks become ever more essential to business processes, they are also increasing rapidly in size and complexity. Many factors can affect network availability and performance—increasing traffic, configuration problems, failed network elements, changes, and more. Since not all of these problems are hard failures, managing the network to detect and correct business-impacting problems requires new tools, strategies, and initiatives. To deliver the availability and performance business demands, network management teams need to optimize fault management and ensure availability, unify fault and performance management, automate change and configuration management to ensure compliance, and automate IT processes. This integrated approach is called Automated Network Management (ANM).
With networks sprawling to massive proportions and malicious activity constantly evolving, situational awareness is more vital than ever in keeping your network secure. But it’s not built on skills alone. Eight tools are equally as essential for keeping your situational awareness—and your network—alive.