How To Improve Network Uptime

Network Uptime

With so much data to deal with, enterprises need to assess all aspects of their network performance. Partnering with a good SPM (system performance management) vendor ensures that the enterprise has the right applications to collect and analyze operational metrics. SPM service providers offer solutions to modern enterprise computing. In order to improve network uptime, an enterprise needs to understand the five functional areas for which data analysis and collection are critical. These five areas help to identify which datasets are most important.

Device Availability

Today, devices are more reliable than ever before and they now have a longer lifecycle in the range of 5-7 years. In order to improve efficiency and reduce cost, technicians have to identify where mission-critical services are most at risk. Having a reliable network map can help technicians to know which devices are best for certain services and what happens if these devices are unavailable. The assessment of devices helps to uncover redundancies and identify key assets. This move prevents misapplication of resources, reducing cost, and improve overall efficiency.

Software Inventory

Software tracking is a vital task for companies who subscribe to thousands of titles. Software tracking is also required when monitoring upgrades and updates. Software tracking makes it easy to know when, how, and where to upgrade devices. Investing in a good SPM platform can help a company track device location, upgrade records, deployment, and titles.

Hardware Warranties

Cloud services has reduced the need for warranties. This does not mean that warranties no longer matter. Enterprises and companies that use endpoint devices still need warranties if they need to contain costs and maintain system uptime. A device’s warranty period can help an organization to identify which device is at more significant risk after it has been in service longer than its warranty period. The IT department can accurately identify what performance functions can be impacted by failures, as well as what assets are covered.

Security Patches

Majority of security patches require system restarts. This is important to ensure that there are minimal system disruptions and maximize defenses. Without smart management and awareness, it is hard to manage critical system events. This is why every company needs to have central control where SPM specialists can coordinate with an enterprise to improve business service. It is also important to perform security updates as soon as they are ready.

Network Health

Assessing network health continues to be one of the most challenging areas in an organization. The solution to this problem is to develop a network map that showcases all of its IT assets. SPM specialists need to take inventory of how each asset impacts the larger environment, how things are connected, which vendors are involved, and where the software and hardware are located. This step is necessary to allow other SPM functions to perform efficiently.

An organization does not have to wait to fix problems when they arise. Instead, they need to partner with a qualified managed services team who can handle the minutiae of tracking and allow individuals to focus more on initiatives that drive a business. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.