Network Performance Monitoring

By: Dana H

For early risers it often feels like the most productive time at the office is early in the morning before everybody else arrives. There is a nice quiet calm, no distractions and no interruptions so that focus can be maintained. It even feels like the internet runs faster in the morning before everybody else gets on. In most office there is a considerable difference in computer network speed during high load and low usage times. The reason for this is that most networks are underpowered and are not doing routine performance monitoring.

Performance monitoring can help the network divert critical resources from unimportant functions to more important ones. Image a busy weekday afternoon where everybody in the office is on the network doing work. At the same time that the finance department is performing important financial transactions someone is sending a funny email video to everybody in the office. The video could be a large file which when copied to everybody in the office bogs down the network and stops the financial transactions from going through.

In this scenario intelligent network performance monitoring can assure that network will not crash and that company will not lose money. The performance monitoring can recognize that firstly there is a high volume of traffic and the bandwidth is close to being maximized. Secondly is can identify that the video is a low priority transfer and the financial transaction is a high priority transfer. Network performance monitoring can tell available network hardware, like switches, routers and front-end applications, to divert the necessary resources to complete the financial transaction before the video upload.

performance monitoring can also give good insight into the health of a network and vulnerabilities to denial of service attacks. Radware, a high quality manufacturer of performance monitoring hardware, builds hardware that not only does performance monitoring but also load balancing, and network protection.

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