We all know how important network topology mapping is for monitoring a large network. It gives us an entire layout of network devices and a pictorial representation on how they’re physically connected. Not only does it keep network admins updated on status of devices, they also support by ascertaining the impact caused by an issue on your organization’s network.
If you have more than a handful of devices to manage, it’s advisable to create a network topology map for visualizing your entire network. When you’re trying to scale up and add more nodes to your network, the map will help you to manage all devices. However, in enterprise-level networks, network topology mapping is considered an absolute necessity since it helps to locate and troubleshoot issues by identifying which nodes aren’t working from the network map. Having a network topology map adds a lot of benefits to network monitoring:
#1 Find network bottlenecks easily – If you have an advanced network map which provides real-time status on network devices, it becomes easier for admins to locate new issues or network bottlenecks. And if they’re integrated with monitoring tools, you can find and analyze the root cause of the problem more quickly, rather than waiting for an email alert to reach your inbox.
#2 Centralize resources and manage your devices – Network topology provides admins with a tangible view of the network. It’s easier for network admins to understand by visualizing the relationship of all the devices connected within the network. They can centralize monitoring and dedicate fewer resources in managing distributed nodes.
#3 Assess impact of network change immediately – Routinely, network admins have to add new devices or change the existing structure of the network based on user requirements, and these changes can impact their normal operations. But, when admins use network topology maps, they can quickly assess impending operational risks by looking at the relationship of those devices. It helps to be proactive when there’s a change management to deploy.
#4 Robust network monitoring system – A network topology map coupled with your network monitoring tool creates a strong base for administrators managing a large network. To collect data on all available network devices and display that as a pictorial representation is the foremost advantage of having a network topology map. You can easily see the status of the network path and connected devices.
Also, maps allow you to see at the device level.
For instance, real-time data on devices help network admins check whether a node is up or down. It can be easy to manage remote sites, but if the link to the remote site is down you can no longer collect data from them. This reflects in the map which in turn alerts the administrator to initiate the necessary steps to resolve the issue. Advanced network monitoring tools provide the capability to automatically map your network and create customized maps based on your needs. Thus, finding out issues and bottlenecks becomes much easier for you.