Networks are now a fact of life inside every company. If at all the network goes down for whatever reason your data won’t be transmitted and your company won’t be offering any service to its clients. It doesn’t end at that since your SLAs will suffer, your brand will be tarnished, and your customer complains lines will be red hot with incoming grievances.

That’s why you should make it the norm to prioritize network monitoring as it can make all the difference to your business. In this simple and quick guide, we will take you through some of the basic network monitoring characteristics you should know about.

Syslog Messages

Syslog messages are merely information generated by communication hardware that is sent into a central server where they are saved.  Here, they can be monitored easily, analyses can beperformed and alarms configured.  For instance, a syslog server can collect all failed login attempts and launch an alarm when more than ten failed attempts have been made in one minute, telling you that something is amiss.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the quantity of information that passes through a network link during a specified time period, regardless of whether the data is passing through a physical connection or via Wi-Fi. This information is measured in bits/second and being able to measure data flow correctly is what lets you know how busy your network is.

If at all a network is at 90% of its bandwidth, it will start to have a knock-on effect on systems that are on the network. By leveraging network monitoring software, it is possible to get accurate feedback on the current status of your bandwidth, and whether it is saturated and why.

When choosing a network monitoring software, be sure to factor in important things such as alert notifications, external server integration, database integration, multidevice, scalability, and flexibility to adapt to specific tools or software, to mention a few.

It is then that you stand a better chance of getting the most from your network monitoring software without necessarily having to feel the heat.