Network performance is more critical than ever, but it’s not enough to make sure the network is on and working. You need to make sure the network is performing optimally. In very basic terms, network performance is the measurement of the network’s speed and service quality. However, these measurements vary from application to application, and the impact of optimal network performance can reach every area of business operations.
Optimal network performance doesn’t just mean someone can access and download a file quickly. It means applications can be easily accessed and meet user expectations. It means users can communicate effectively and without disruption, using real-time applications such as voice and video. It means the network is able to transfer and store large volumes of data without issue.
The increased importance of network performance is causing organizations to place greater emphasis on network performance monitoring tools and processes. Network performance monitoring detects weak links in the network that drag down performance, such as failing routers and switches, overloaded servers, weak WAN links, and other sluggish network components. These issues cause slow download times and poor application performance. Network performance monitoring also detects security threats and suspicious activity and confirms that regulatory compliance policies are being followed.
Network performance monitoring typically measures the following:
- Throughput is the data transmission rate at the software level, unlike bandwidth, which is the data transmission rate at the hardware level. Throughput essentially measures how much work a network can do in a specific timeframe.
- Data is expected to be transmitted instantly. Any delay or lag in that transmission is referred to as latency. Network performance monitoring determines both the length of the delay and the cause of the delay.
- Jitter is the deviation in a high-frequency digital signal that can disrupt the performance of an application.
The most obvious benefit of network performance monitoring is that it minimizes costly downtime and performance slowdowns that hamper employee productivity and detract from the customer experience. It ensures that business applications are available and reliable, and new applications and services can be quickly deployed. Network performance monitoring also provides you with data that paints a clear picture of network usage. For example, are unnecessarily redundant systems in place? What remote devices are accessing the network and for what purpose? What non-business applications are affecting network performance? This data can help you better utilize and consolidate IT resources, improve operational efficiency, identify cost-saving opportunities, and justify upgrades.
Network performance monitoring can’t just be set in cruise control. You can’t just assume that technology will take care of everything, and all performance issues can be solved by adding bandwidth. Atlantic-IT.net, your outsourced IT department, provides 24×7 monitoring to help ensure that your network is available and performing optimally. Let us combine enterprise-class technology and expertise with real-time data to rate your network’s performance, troubleshoot problems and improve operational efficiency.