Businesses are relying more and more on networks to communicate with both employees and customers. Pervasive connectivity, mobility, and increased network dependency are driving businesses to turn to the cloud for a simplified but scalable network management platform.
Even the most efficient systems are subject to unpredictable downtime and random performance degradation. This can have a huge impact on quality of service and the end-user experience in the workplace. Management of complex IT architectures and applications requires an inclusive network management solution that balances the performance of all end-points with optimal functionality.
The Promise of a Cloud Solution
Organizations are turning to the cloud for a network management solution that not only saves time and resources, but also ensures network availability at all times. They need a system that:
Optimizes performance. In a widely dispersed infrastructure setting, fulfilling SLA requirements is a challenge. The growing need to support more and more operations, devices, and people is adding to the headache of network administrators. What they need is a cloud-based network management tool that provides live and continuous monitoring of key infrastructure components — from servers to storage to backup to data centers. The tool must also be capable of identifying performance issues in real-time to ensure optimized performance.
Strengthens security. Addressing security threats every day can eat up the time of IT teams. They need to constantly update security patches and maintain security standards on each individual workload. This is a hurdle that can be eliminated by a cloud solution that automatically detects anomalies and patterns that imply risk and, more importantly, provides immediate remedies to prevent system failure.
Some of the more advanced systems now have self-correcting features and infrastructure adjustments, such as restarting a failed application or retrying activities that didn’t go through.
Centralizes management. Any monitoring request, configuration change, or debugging event can be made to one, several, or all devices with a single command. Centralized management saves time and minimizes the occurrence of mistakes across several devices.
Automates provisioning, upgrades, backup, and recovery. A comprehensive network management system automatically configures devices before they are added into the network. It can auto-upgrade a device, a group of devices, or all the devices in the entire network. A good solution should be capable of automatically backing up configurations and firmware in the entire network and storing them in a central library every day. It should also have the capability to automatically replace or power up and reconfigure a failed device using the latest backup of the firmware and configuration.
A cloud solution to network management simplifies complex processes, providing huge relief to network administrators. When combined with other essential capabilities that monitor network performance, BYOD devices, and network security, it adds business value to the entire enterprise. If you’re looking for the right cloud solutions to meet your changing business needs, Copper State Communications is here to support you. Contact us today.