When put in charge of protecting your company’s network and ensuring the efficiency of your servers on a daily basis, it’s important to choose the right SNMP software that appropriately fits your company’s needs. From defending against security threats to managing the bandwidth of your network, choosing the right SNMP can mean the difference between your business running efficiently as scheduled and the potential for major headaches that can spread throughout your company. Today we take a look at some features that you will want to think about when researching the best SNMP software for your company’s needs. Keep in mind that while we consider the below features to be some of the most important, every company profile is different and has specific needs of their own.
One of the most often overlooked features in many software purchases is the “intuitiveness factor” that comes into play when you are learning the ins and outs of the software’s functionality. The main dashboard that tracks the health of your entire network will want to be one that you can easily navigate and find the information you need when you need it. Weather the software is going to be used for professional or personal use, the ability to learn how to use the software to its full potential is critical. Also as employees come and go from your company, you will want to make sure the learning curve isn’t so large that there will be a giant lapse in protection or efficiency when you ultimately have turnover in your IT department. The difference between identifying a security threat immediately and letting it build goes without saying!
Beyond network security, the ability of the SNMP software to monitor your network’s bandwidth is also a critical feature that is crucial to the speed of your networks and ultimately efficiency of your company. In today’s business environment it’s not uncommon for your employees cell phones and tablets to also be connected to your network, very often slowing down the speed at which businesses can run their Wi-Fi. Ideally, find an SNMP software that allows for custom alerts or email notifications when your bandwidth is reaching a set limit. Many SNMP software’s on the market today offer real time tracking of your bandwidth so you can ensure your servers and business are running as efficiently as they can and you will not suffer through any interruptions in network strength.
Finding a SNMP software that offers a mobile and or smartphone application can be a major benefit as it allows your IT professionals to monitor the overall health of your network on a minute to minute basis from wherever they are. With so much of today’s workplace constantly on the going or working remote, this can be a feature that proves to be the most important to your company’s needs. It also allows the IT professional to address and neutralize any incoming threats faster than if they had to be at their desktop or laptop to be aware of. Within the applications, there are often times alerts/notifications that can be set up to notify you of certain activity on your network.
Another feature that is also often overlooked is the ability to store your software’s settings and network data on a cloud based storage system. By having the cloud as a “back-up to your back-up” it offers an additional layer of security and peace of mind knowing that if anything were to happen to your physical servers everything would be backed up elsewhere as well.
It goes without saying that when looking for a SNMP software check to see if the company offers a fully-fledged trial version of the software to test out before making your purchase.