Resolving WAN issues can be time consuming and challenging—especially at enterprise companies with distributed networks. A common approach could look like this: The network administrator troubleshoots the problem with a local, disconnected management tool or logs into a router remotely and then checks logs. Another approach could be to send someone to the location with a packet sniffer to diagnose the problem. Although these approaches would work, they tend to be overly time consuming and we all know that in IT, Time = Money.

 

Today, business processes are becoming more and more communications-dependent. As a result, continuous network availability has become a focal point for IT. The challenge to avoid network downtime becomes even greater in enterprises with distributed networks. Unmonitored branch offices pose a significant risk to network performance, availability, reliability, and security. Network engineers handling geographically dispersed locations are well acquainted with the difficulty of obtaining a collective understanding of the entire multi-vendor, multi-device network from a centralized location.

 

Some of the biggest challenges in distributed enterprise networks include:

  • Overcoming enterprise branch-office visibility blind spots
  • Tracking and measuring business-critical services at branch locations
  • Proactively monitoring to improve end-user experience
  • Mitigating network issues at offsite locations

 

With a global view of the network, administrators have the required data to analyze issues and also plan for requirements. Whether it’s making informed decisions, monitoring critical parameters, or being notified on thresholds crossed, seamless and centralized network visibility aids in reducing network downtime and simplifies troubleshooting of network issues. 


A centralized view of branch office network monitoring provides:

  • Reduced time to troubleshoot and resolve branch network problems from the central location
  • The ability to analyze performance trends in the entire network
  • Integrated and proactive network management

 

Whether you’re at a small company or an enterprise, it all boils down to how quickly the administrator can figure out the network problem. It could be a configuration issue on a router or switch, an application like backup task taking up network bandwidth at peak hours, poor hardware performance on a server, or any number of other things. In every situation, it’s important to think about what is at risk and how long it will take to fix the issue.

 

In addition, a lot of the focus is moving away from the reactive ‘break-fix’ approach and more toward predictable, reliable performance—which is proactive. However, this requires total visibility and continuous monitoring. This is possible only with an integrated network management approach.

 

SolarWinds Enterprise Operations Console (EOC) is one such tool that consolidates critical monitoring data from multiple locations onto a single screen. Check out the new EOC 1.6 that focuses attention on mission-critical issues with global Top 10 views of bandwidth utilization, response time, CPU, memory, disk space utilization, Web applications, virtual hosts, and more.