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How Switching to Cloud Affects Network Monitoring

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How Switching to Cloud Affects Network Monitoring

Cloud networking shifts the focus from managing infrastructure to managing performance and service availability. With the introduction of the cloud, there are many new hurdles one must overcome. Read on for more info.

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Network monitoring is a part of every business organization. It is an essential tool to measure and assure the performance and availability of our servers and our entire network. When you have to change networks, you must go through numerous processes such as successfully deploying the new cloud platform, adjusting its capacity, etc. With advancing technology acting as a catalyst, network changes are becoming a must.

Most business enterprises are leaving the traditional route and are actively adopting cloud services and tools to assist their processes. When you make the switch to cloud, you will experience several network changes in the company (e.g. approaches like virtualization will need network changes). Even when you add new hardware or software components, network architecture will need a change to ensure that are no network performance problems.

Changes that Cloud Computing Brings to Network Monitoring

It’s not a surprise that more and more companies are introducing cloud services in their organizations. Cloud computing has significantly altered the way your network can be monitored and managed. Traditionally, you had to keep a check on all your fixed assets and ensure that they were operating efficiently 100% of the time. In addition to that, you had to ensure that these assets and resources were performing at their maximum potential.

Cloud computing eliminates this need and greatly benefits network performance monitoring. It's generally agreed that adopting cloud technology can add some complexity as moving the applications from an internal data center can influence track performance, latency, and other key details of network administrators, but it’s worth it because of the efficiency it brings to the table. Depending on the computing demands, the number of resources needed and their capacity will vary.

Traditional Network Monitoring vs. Cloud Network Monitoring

When a traditional network is implemented, the network and application monitoring mainly focuses on how many networks are available and assesses the performance of the network and server infrastructure. There are numerous physical pieces such as switches, routers, and firewalls etc. that need to be monitored constantly. This is accomplished with a network management which uses traditional protocols to gather crucial statistics. You can opt for advanced management system that includes network device performance monitoring, real-time reporting, device mapping, etc. These features aid the IT team by monitoring and managing the performance of their network.

On the other hand, cloud networking shifts the focus from managing just the infrastructure to managing performance and service availability. With the introduction of the cloud, you can add numerous extensions that can enhance the performance of your ISP and cloud provider. Cloud computing allows you to outsource a scalable and enterprise grade network, and assists in network management monitoring as well. Additionally, it helps in understanding your network traffic, how much they are using, and what they are using it for.

Factors Affecting Effective Network Monitoring

Focus on the following elements for your network monitoring system to work efficiently in the cloud as these variables will affect the quality of service you can offer:

  • Scalability - If you add more factors to a system, they need to be monitored more. A rule of thumb states that if you add more resources to the system, you have to invest equally in developing a management plan for them. Since cloud allows you immense flexibility in this area, focus on achieving high scalability.

  • Elasticity - Ensure that your network system can address the dynamic changes of all monitored entities by supporting the expansion and contraction of networks. You should be able to create or remove virtual resources with ease.

  • Adaptability - It should be able to handle changing computational and network loads without putting a halt or obstructing any ongoing activity.

  • Autonomy - Your network system needs to have the ability to manage itself and all the resources distributed to it by involuntarily reacting to unpredictable and sudden changes.

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Topics:
network monitoring ,cloud computing

Published at DZone with permission of Kevin Patel. See the original article here.

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