Guard Up: Why Startups Can't Afford to Pass on Network Monitoring / Technology / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Startups have a lot of responsibilities and costs they have to deal with and should reconsider before taking a pass on network monitoring.

Startup companies have a lot of responsibilities and costs they have to deal with.

Simply getting a business up and running is a monumental undertaking by itself, and making sure that business is running smoothly requires even more effort.

As a result, certain operations and components are at times forgotten or ignored as being unimportant.

This is often the case when it comes to network monitoring solutions. As can probably be guessed from the term, networking monitoring is basically a system where the network is continuously monitored to make sure things are going well and alerts IT professionals of possible problems which could affect performance.

Many companies already have the tools in place, but startups have to choose from a long list of services and products already out there.

Sometimes, they pass on them completely, considering them an unnecessary cost compared to other important business tools. Such a decision would be a mistake since network monitoring tools play a vital role in ensuring networks are running at peak performance.

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Prevent Data Loss and Downtime

One of the biggest benefits to adopting network monitoring is that it prevents data loss and network downtime. Outages can be a costly hindrance to business operations, and total losses from downtime can reach into the billions in the business world. A startup that suffers from constant outages will find it difficult to conduct business.

Consumer confidence will quickly deteriorate, and the startup will lose money. Adopting network monitoring solutions helps to prevent these outages from ever occurring, notifying the right people when equipment is about to fail. It’s this insight into organizational infrastructure that makes network monitoring an indispensable part of any company’s tech strategy.

Machine Maintenance

In fact, the effect that network monitoring has on machine maintenance cannot be easily discounted. Complications and problems will always arise from time to time; that’s simply the nature of using advanced hardware and software. Network monitoring goes beyond simply saying there’s a problem and can actually be used to find the location of the problem.

Through real-time analysis of performance data, network monitoring tools can transmit precise error messages to the people who need to see them. Problems are fixed quickly, and the system can continue to operate without interruption.

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Project Management

But the benefits of network monitoring go far beyond stopping outages and making sure equipment is functioning properly. These tools can play a role in improving project management.

Whether a startup is looking into implementing converged infrastructure or pursuing software defined storage solutions, network monitoring helps organizations keep track of how those projects are progressing. They also help keep top-level executives informed about the state of current projects, providing them a clear way to measure the proceedings and allowing them to intervene if things aren’t going as well as they’d like.

Customer Insights

Also worth noting is the customer insights that can be gained through network monitoring systems. Having detailed knowledge of how products and services are performing can inform startups on what the user experience is like. For example, network monitoring can tell startups how long it takes for an email reply to be sent to customers.

If the process is a long one, startups can reasonably assume customer support to be lacking. In many ways, this is a method of measuring how companies are serving customers. The same process can be used to improve on the services companies offer, providing better network availability for customers.

The changing landscape of the IT department makes network monitoring a must for startups. Networks are becoming much more dispersed compared to even just a few years ago. At the same time, many more devices are connecting to company networks. The right monitoring tools need to be used to ensure all of the assets available to the network are utilized properly.

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The whole idea boils down to making sure networks are performing at their best. As technology changes, this will become all the more important. Even more crucial is how networks will be affected once the Internet of Things really takes off. Startups would be wise to work on getting their network monitoring capabilities up and running now before they become overwhelmed by the many changes happening down the road.

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