Best Practices and Priorities for Network Management
Maximizing Network Up-time with Real-time Network Monitoring
Your IT infrastructure is critical to your organization’s success. As your network complexity increases, so does your risk! One of the ways to mitigate risk is to implement a network monitoring system that can proactively identify, locate, and enable you to fix network problems quickly. Monitoring, mapping and alerting software allows you to collect data to analyze the performance of your network in real-time.
On April 30th, InterMapper hosted a webinar featuring EMA Managing Research Director, Jim Frey, InterMapper Director of Partner Development, John Sutton, and Vail, AZ. School District CIO, Matt Federoff, discussing network monitoring trends and the application of state-of-the-art monitoring tools.
View the webinar to learn how to increase efficiency, reduce costs and mitigate risks by implementing these 5 best practices for better network management:
- Integrated approaches
- Facilitated Workflows
Calix MIB Viewer Probes are now available to InterMapper customers. These probes monitor the data returned by the following MIBs:
- CALIX-SMI.my, CALIX-TC.my
To use them, first import all the MIB files (.my suffix) and then import the Probe files from the Probes folder.
This probe can be found in the switch/router/firewall contributed probed section of the InterMapper website.
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InterMapper, the only network monitoring tool that runs on the Mac OS, is a sponsor at MacTech BootCamp II in Boston next week (May 15th). Come and see Rich Brown, one of the founders of InterMapper and talk to him during the event.
MacTech BootCamp II is the next incarnation of MacTech’s successful BootCamp events — all new, technical topics and sessions that benefit both return attendees and those that have never attended a MacTech event. The event is specifically designed for all consultants and techs supporting Apple technologies.
• Key Building Blocks for Today’s Consultant Supporting Apple Technologies
• Mobility and Profiles
• Local Storage, Network Storage, Backups
• Networks and Routing
• The World of Apple IDs
• Command Line
See the speaker line up and more on sessions descriptions at http://www.mactech.com/Boston
Network monitoring software does not have to be overly complex to configure and operate. InterMapper is easy to use and gives you all the network analysis features you need at an affordable price.
We were recently sent this anecdote from Randy, a long-time InterMapper customer, which proves the point.
According to Randy, “A couple of months back, a [competitor] VAR came to show me a demo of their monitoring system. After an hour of a not so smooth sales demo (happens all too often to every sales person) it was finally working and they spent some time touting its benefits.
I was not impressed. I suggested I share something with them. I brought up InterMapper, spent less than five minutes extolling its virtues, and the unthinkable happened. The pre-sales engineer closed his laptop, turned to the sales rep and said “I can’t compete with that”. Have not seen them since.”
To learn more about the how our industrial strength network mapping and alerting tool empowers network administrators, visit InterMapper.
What is the ROI of your investment in network monitoring software? Usually this is difficult to calculate. Here is a situation where a new InterMapper customer knows exactly how much money InterMapper could have saved him.
Mark from Nebraska works in an industrial processing environment. He wanted to purchase InterMapper in September 2012, but management told him they could not justify the cost.
Recently, some equipment in one of his data closets caught fire. Because he did not know there was a fire – all he knew was that there was a power outage – it took him ½ hour to trace the systems to get back to the room to figure out what had happened.
Because of fire and sprinkler systems damage, he is guessing his company incurred equipment losses up to $1 million:
- Two 2,500 amp transformers
- Approximately $225,000 in lab equipment
- $300,000 in small pumps
- $85,000 in other equipment
It will take a lot of work over the next month to get everything back on-line.
Mark believes InterMapper could have helped prevent this disaster. He indicated that all of his equipment are on UPSs. When one of the programmable logic controllers went down, he would have immediately been notified of where and when the issue was occurring, instead of the ½ hour it took to trace the problem back to its origin.
Mark came to InterMapper through a referral by an Apple technician. He called Apple for the referral after SolarWinds Cyberguage was discontinued and LANsurveyer discontinued support of the Mac platform. InterMapper is now the only full featured network monitoring, mapping and alerting software tool that runs on the Mac.
Mark recently placed an order for an InterMapper license with 1 Flows exporter and 1 RemoteAccess client.
Mark realizes that a $3,000 InterMapper investment could have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Now network administrators have access to deep network device monitoring by InterMapper within Splunk® Enterprise. Read the official press release for the InterMapper App for Splunk. It enables the network administrator to proactively probe network hardware, software and bandwidth utilization in real-time, creating actionable knowledge within Splunk.
The major benefits of InterMapper data within Splunk are:
- Proactive monitoring of network devices – not just waiting for log events to occur. This helps reducing expensive network outages and enables compliance with SLAs
- Live maps provide an at-a-glance view of real-time network conditions, including Layer 2 physical connections in order to optimize network performance and avoid traffic bottlenecks
- Identify patterns of InterMapper alerts and trap messages with Splunk’s capabilities to create and visualize notifications based on custom performance thresholds
- Correlate InterMapper data with other machine data within Splunk, including security, applications, server, virtualization, storage data to gain end-to-end visibility into infrastructure as well as to provide insight into valuable business metrics
Whether deployed for diagnostics, troubleshooting, compliance, capacity planning or security, InterMapper has the power, flexibility, ease-of-use and affordability the network administrator needs to maintain a healthy network.
Thanks to Nevo Band of the University of Illinois for contributing a new probe, which is currently available for download by all InterMapper customers from the InterMapper website.
In the Miscellaneous category, feel free to download the Infortrend EonStor Probe. This is a comprehensive system state monitor probe for Infortrend EonStor.
Thanks to Alexandre Amsaleg of LB Poker for contributing a new probe, which is currently available for download by all InterMapper customers from the InterMapper website.
In the Miscellaneous category, feel free to download the F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager probe. This probe monitors the BigIP LTM system, virtual servers connections.
Using SNMP, the probe provides:
- CPU Usage – Critical %
- CPU Usage – Warning %
Help/Systems, LLC, a world leader in systems management, security, and business intelligence software, announced it has completed the acquisition of Dartware, LLC, the maker of InterMapper® network monitoring, mapping, and alerting software.
“We look forward to maintaining InterMapper’s reputation for exceptional support and to growing this customer base,” said Janet Dryer, CEO of Help/Systems. “As the only platform-neutral, real-time network monitoring software on the market, InterMapper is an important addition to our multi-platform family. Help/Systems plans to invest in the ongoing development of new InterMapper features and functionality, and enhancing its value to our customers.”
With this acquisition, Help/Systems now provides a more expansive solution set for its multi-platform customers: network monitoring and analysis with InterMapper and job scheduling with Skybot Scheduler. Both solutions offer user-friendly interfaces and lower cost of ownership.
Help/Systems, LLC is a leading provider of systems management, security, and business intelligence solutions for Power Systems™ servers running IBM i, and UNIX®, Linux®, and Windows® operating systems. Help/Systems software reduces data center costs by improving operational control and delivery of IT services. Founded in 1982, the company has 14 offices worldwide and over 6,000 customers from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Help/Systems sells its solutions directly and through strategic partners worldwide.
Thanks to Xavier Bensemhoun of Rhapirou.net for contributing 2 new probes, which are currently available for download by all InterMapper customers from the InterMapper website.
In the Switch/Firewall/Router Monitoring category, feel free to download the Check Point Smart-1 Security Appliance Probe. This is a system and functional state probe for Check Point Security Management installed on Smart-1.
Status information is queried from:
- All Check Point products: Firewall-1, VPN-1, FloodGate-1, High Availability (ClusterXL), Secure Virtual Network, Management, Web Access Module, Desktop Policy Server and Log Server
- CPU, RAM and Disks
- Processes, user sessions and basic OS information
In the Miscellaneous category, feel free to download the Riverbed/Steelhead Mobile Controller (SMC) Probe. This is a system and functional state probe for Riverbed/Steelhead Mobile Controller devices.
Status information is queried from:
- CPU and processes
- SH Mobile activites: connected, healthy, degraded, critical and disabled
- Licenses: total and in use