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Network Monitoring Software - A brief Guide

A network monitoring software program is designed to automatically monitor the network in order to look for failing or slow components, and once it finds such activity, the network will automatically inform the administrator, who can take the appropriate steps to fix the issue. Network monitoring software programs are available in a variety of different types. There are some standard programs that can be downloaded by network administrators and used in order to get appropriate information about their network, but depending upon the type of network that needs to be installed, along with the scope of the network, the network monitoring program that will be used tends to vary.  

Key features of network monitoring software

The key data features that set network monitoring programs apart from the conventional ones. Primarily, a network monitoring software program is capable of detecting as well as reporting any kind of failure or inability to respond by a device or a connection. The program is able to gauge the utilization of CPU power of the hosts, along with the network utilization of the links as well as other aspects of the operation, in order to find the discerning properties. The network monitoring software program is also able to send messages, which are usually known as watch dog messages over the network, in order to ensure that all hosts upon the network are active and able to verify the requests by responding. However, when the network detects a failure, or if the response it receives is significantly slow, or any other unexpected behavior is detected, the network monitoring software will send a type of 'alert' to a set location, like an email address or a designated server, or even a phone number, in order to send a notification to the system administrator regarding the status of the network.

Common tools used as network monitoring software programs

There are a number of different tools that can be used as network monitoring software programs. One of the most obvious ones is the ping program. The ping program is a straightforward software program which is usually pre- installed on computers, and is able to send test messages from one host to another. Anybody whose on the network is able to run these basic tests, and this allows a person to gauge the quality of the network at hand. More importantly, it also allows them to gauge the current performance levels of the network.

However, even though ping is a very basic example, there are a number of other, more powerful and useful programs that care used globally. Full scale software packages are also available for people who are looking to get detailed insight in to the performance of their networks; common examples of these software packages can be found online by numerous technology brands. Because of the size of the network, a powerful program is required in order to find any sort of problem that might occur with a certain host. Therefore, make sure you carefully choose the right program, because more powerful programs obviously come with more detailed databases and vice versa. One important tip that you can utilize is to get in to contact with professionals who already use network monitoring software programs. Ask them about the best program that you can use before you finalize the purchase. On hand experience is irreplaceable.

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