SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor
Multi-vendor network monitoring that scales and expands with the needs of your network
Network Monitoring Definition
Network monitoring is a critical IT process to discover, map, and monitor computer networks and network components, including routers, switches, servers, firewalls, and more. It helps network administrators determine network performance and optimize network efficiency in real time.
Monitoring different types of networks and devices
Faulty networks and devices can hamper your network’s performance. Early detection of network issues can help prevent network outages, downtime, and more. Organizations need to effectively monitor their network to help identify, locate, and resolve issues quickly.
A crucial part of the monitoring process is identifying and monitoring network-connected devices, their performance, and metrics. Devices such as routers, switches, and servers are involved in business-critical tasks and require regular and detailed monitoring. Network monitoring software can monitor network-connected devices, gather network performance metrics, speed up the troubleshooting process, and reduce downtime with multi-vendor network monitoring. It can also measure the health of the logical network, provide accurate metrics or information about each device in a network, simplifying the management of complex network devices.
It’s crucial to understand a network’s functionality. The job of a network is to exchange information between two systems, computers, and applications. The Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model simplifies the information exchange over a network by breaking several functions a system relies on to send and receive data. Data transferred over a network passes through each component of OSI, using different network protocols. Network monitoring provides visibility into each layer of OSI, helping network administrators easily identify and troubleshoot network issues.
Common Network Devices to Monitor
- Routers: Routers help connect networks via the internet.
- Switches: Switches help connect devices such as servers, computers, printers, and more. Monitoring switches is critical to ensure network health and performance. It’s also essential to monitor traffic and hardware through the switch.
- Firewalls: The role of a firewall is to protect the network by controlling incoming and outgoing traffic.
- Servers: Server monitoring helps provide information about the network, data usage, and more.
- Multi-vendor network monitoring
- Network Insights for deeper visibility
- Intelligent maps
- NetPath and PerfStack for easy troubleshooting
- Smarter scalability for large environments
- Advanced alerting