In an earlier post, we looked at the benefits of monitoring your network. These benefits were peace of mind from knowing you will be informed critical network events, and freeing up your time to be more productive elsewhere.
Network monitoring can help you maintain a healthy network and set your company up for smooth business operation. But it can also prepare your business for continued growth tomorrow.
Add future capacity
As employees and customers increase, that means there will be more people relying on your telecommunications system and network. In order to maintain the momentum, you will need to deliver high quality user and customer experiences.
You can find out if your infrastructure can accommodate future growth by monitoring bandwidth levels. Over time you will see trends, which can indicate where additional devices or hardware updates are needed and help you prevent any network downtime, which analyst firm, Gartner, has estimated at costing a business US$5,600 per minute.
When it comes to adding extra capacity, you can use the metrics to make a case to upper management for additional investment. This type of insight will also be useful for building up your infrastructure in order for the business to stay competitive.
Protect your data
In addition to helping your business perform better, network monitoring can help to protect the company's reputation. Data breaches are no longer limited to large enterprises, with mid-market companies and even SMBs becoming a target for cyber attacks.
A mid-size company may not have the budget for an intrusion detection system (IDS), and this makes it vulnerable to cyber criminals. Since the company has not taken the appropriate defensive measures against cyber crime, it may be ill-equipped to handle a network intrusion by a hacker.
Network monitoring can be an affordable alternative to IDS, since it provides valuable insight into the source and nature of all traffic moving over the network. Having in-depth visibility into network allows you to spot suspicious changes in inbound and outbound traffic, and then identify malicious network activity and patch holes that could turn into larger security issues in the future.
Get monitored today
When it comes to monitoring your communications setup, BTAS Optima is our end-to-end reporting, monitoring and incident management service. This includes 24/7 network monitoring and managed security by our dedicated Network Operations Centre (NOC).
For the initial four week period, the network environment and its critical elements will be mapped. Alerts and thresholds are then adjusted so that we only report on what is important at the right time.
The network monitoring, reporting and notification is entirely done by BTAS, meaning there is no need for you to invest in any new infrastructure or IT staff. This frees up time and resources that you can use to improve productivity in other parts of the business.