Fluke Networks - Is your Network Management System giving you the complete picture? 6 key considerations to avoid inherent shortcomings and potential risk

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IT professionals today are overwhelmed and understaffed. Although network engineers rely heavily on Network Management Systems (NMS), these systems fail to deliver a complete picture of network and application performance - and that puts the organization at risk. Being aware of the potential shortcomings of an incomplete NMS is essential. Knowing how to counter those shortcomings is the next step. This whitepaper will spell out three common shortcomings, the possible consequences, and six key capabilities to be aware of when evaluating your network management tools and processes in order to avoid these shortcomings and associated risks.

Introduction: Trying to Be Proactive in a Reactive World

The hectic world of network engineers is one of constant struggles. They're routinely dealing with information overload, application performance and bandwidth issues, and the policing of networks and usage. Their days are crowded with alerts sounding around the clock. They face ever more end users, devices and applications to service but with fewer coworkers to share the load.

Ideally, network engineers would have sufficient time and the proper tools to effectively manage daily operations - manage changes, ensure the network and applications are performing optimally and quickly resolve problems when they occur. But because of staffing or workload issues, and shortcomings in their tools, they are stuck in reactive mode and cannot get ahead of the jobs at hand enough to proactively manage the network...

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