Head For The Clouds: A Network Manager’s Prized Tool

IT admins, more often than not, have a myriad of tasks to perform on a daily basis. Often the sole warriors in the business, they must keep systems running, incorporate requested changes into the network and deal with a number of interruptions that are often related to simple support issues. Unfortunately, these distractions take the focus away from more important, critical tasks.

What if you could have a tool that monitored and allowed you to fix issues on workstations and servers, in such a way that freed up your time and allowed you to focus on other tasks? In addition, this tool would also alert you to potential problems before they affected your network’s operations. Does that sound too good to be true? Well that tool actually exists. Even better, I am going to show you just what this prized tool for IT admins should look like.

Turning network management on its head

Network management tools tend to come in several flavors: complex, expensive and inappropriate for small to medium size business needs. It’s enough to give you indigestion. Cloud-based network monitoring soothes this stomach upset by providing IT managers with a proactive tool that can identify and fix potential issues. To make it even better, this cloud-based service is not only accessible via a web interface, but it can be set up in a very short time, doing away with hours spent installing or configuring an on-premise solution. For full-time and even part-time admins with a massive workload, it is a godsend. These cloud-based services keep an eye on the network for you, allowing you to get on with the rest of your job.

Gain an extra IT technician, at a fraction of the payroll

A cloud-based network monitoring solution essentially provides you with a dedicated IT technician who monitors network critical events 24×7, watches over physical disk health, ensures backups are made, monitors disk space on HDDs to ensure they meet the IT manager’s preset thresholds, keeps an eye on Windows services, as well as checks that your antivirus is up-to-date with the latest definitions. Depending on the size of the organization, the cost of a yearly subscription could work out to be much less than the equivalent of a week’s wages. Now that is some return on investment! In some cases, literally, you could protect and manage your IT systems for the price of a cup of coffee a day. Sweet music to an IT administrator constantly checking his budget sheet! Moreover, the costs are predictable.

Keep IT simple

For a tool to be effective it must be easy to use. If it is too complex, it will quickly be ignored. You want tools that make your life simpler, allowing you to do your job more effectively and more productively. A web-based interface enables technicians to access the cloud-based network monitoring solution from anywhere, anytime meaning issues are resolved quickly and easily. It is designed to provide a clear view of the required information, without being cluttered by complexity.

Safer, as well as smarter

In today’s business world, corporate data is highly valuable; and that means there are many out there who would like to get their hands on it. The cloud-based network monitoring solution offers comprehensive security by having multiple alerting options, asset and inventory tracking, and proven antivirus and malware technologies to keep attacks at bay.

A solution that grows with you

Wouldn’t it be nice if your technology grew along with you, essentially making it future proof? Cloud-based network monitoring tools do exactly that. By having a solution that can adapt and expand to meet your changing business needs, you ensure that you don’t end up having to continually invest in new software and hardware every time you expand. Support is also important, and the vendor of your solution should provide it 24/7. In addition, you should also expect to have access to trial versions of the software so that your team can test it and ensure it meets with your needs.

Head for the clouds

Cloud-based network monitoring tools are going to bring big changes for IT managers. Offering help and assistance as a virtual pair of skilled hands, excellent ROI, additional security for you network, and the ability to grow with your needs, this really is tomorrow’s product made available today.

The only question that remains is: are you ready to step into the cloud and revolutionize the way you work?

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Christina Goggi is a blogger and writer at GFI Software, a leading IT solutions provider for small and medium-sized businesses. A graduate in English, Christina's writing covers a range of security topics with a focus on security and best practices in businesses and organisations. She is a keen blogger and has a strong interest in security issues related to the monitoring, filtering and use of the Internet in organisations.

  • Thanks Christina, I’ve never really thought of the benefits of cloud computing to the IT department other than the added security it provides.

    The connectivity and immediacy of cloud computing software is vital for any business, no matter the size, and it’s clear that many different departments can benefit from it.

  • An excellent point about a solution that grows with you. Leasing a CRM solution means that you can change your CRM software as your business grows or contracts. A CRM solution helps to streamline business strategies.