Do you conduct server monitoring regularly? Would you bet money that your system is operating at peak efficiency? Could you state with complete conviction that your servers are completely free of issues? Don’t worry if you cannot answer these questions positively, as almost everyone seems to be in the same boat.
Maintaining your network and conducting manual server monitoring is a laborious and time consuming process. It is easy to become lost in the myriad of daily tasks, such as answering support calls from users.
But what if you could automate the server monitoring process? How would it feel to free up some time for more productive tasks? OK, I see you’re interested, so read on to find out how this works.
An extra pair of hands
Your day can quickly become consumed by helping other employees change their password, or rebooting their machines to fix software issues. Just imagine how much time you could save if you had someone monitoring your server and identifying potential issues before they turned into problems? No, it’s not too good to be true. The technology exists today with network monitoring solutions.
This software monitors and reacts to server and workstation failures and irregularities to keep your system running smooth. It will monitor disk space, confirm that backups were completed correctly, check your antivirus is updated and offers a host of other features that free up your time.
Be proactive not reactive
Apart from offering you assistance and conducting server monitoring to keep your network in tip-top shape, good network monitoring solutions also allow you to be proactive about issues that develop. Because administrators are often overworked, they struggle to find time to attend to every detail. Often, it is only when they get that support call, or when an issue grows into a problem and impacts operations and productivity, that it takes priority.
Server monitoring solutions will quickly notify you of issues through customized alerts. Even better, you can receive these on a device of your choosing, enabling you to respond to critical events promptly. This also allows you to take fast remedial action.
Stay in real-time, not panic time
Good server monitoring solutions also allow you to view the real-time status of your server and workstations. In this way you can identify those that need attention at a glance. With just one management console, you gain complete visibility into the current health and performance of your network.
As a result, effective server monitoring increases productivity across your network by maximizing uptime and preventing problems from interfering with your normal workflow. In addition, administrators get to manage their time better and spend less of it hastily fixing critical errors. Instead, that time can be used to work on productive projects and new developments.
With constant pressure to deliver more with less, IT departments are continually looking for ways to maximize their capabilities. Server monitoring solutions assist with this and reduce the drain on your IT resources. Also, the next time someone asks you if your network is at optimal performance, this solution will enable you to answer a resounding “yes”.
This guest post was provided by Mark Williams on behalf of GFI Software Ltd. GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. Learn more on what to look out for in a server monitoring solution.
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