Published on July 27, 2021, | By Sascha Neumeier

Free checklist to find the right network monitoring solution

You probably came across this article because you want to monitor a large IT or network infrastructure. If so, I am pretty sure you are faced with several challenges.

We at Paessler want to make this an easy and joyful process for you and offer you as much information and decision-making guidance as possible. In the end, you should choose an infrastructure monitoring solution that best fits your individual situation and requirements. And, of course, if you end up choosing one of our products, we’d be even happier.

Let’s have a look at the checklist below and learn 12 essential features to look for in the monitoring solution for your IT infrastructure.

1. Scales along with your infrastructure

Networks often start small, but grow over time as new systems, functionality, devices, applications, and even new geographic locations are added. The monitoring tool you select must be able to scale along with your network.

2. Able to monitor more than one data center and distributed networks

In a realistic large-scale scenario, there is usually more than one data center, and often several geographic locations.

3. Vendor agnostic

Large environments are heterogeneous, with devices and systems from many different vendors. To bring it all into one overview, the monitoring tool must be compatible with as many vendors and manufacturers as possible.

4. Includes support for all major monitoring methods, technologies, and protocols

There are many ways to monitor, and a good monitoring tool must provide you with as many options as possible.

5. Offers a broad monitoring feature set

You ideally want one tool that can replace multiple monitoring tools.

6. Has a rights and roles system

It’s helpful to be able to clearly designate users to teams and responsibilities, so that each team can be responsible for their own part of the infrastructure.

7. Provides advanced alert management to reduce alert noise

In a large environment, you need to reduce the number of alerts to a meaningful minimum.

8. Supports industry specific protocols, open APIs and templates for individual scripting to integrate technologies beyond IT

Examples of this include monitoring medical devices in a healthcare environment, machines on a shop floor in manufacturing, or IoT setups.

9. Integrates with other monitoring tools

If you want to get a central overview, you will need to consolidate data from several systems into one central view.

10. Integration with BI solutions

For advanced analytics of monitoring data, it must be possible to forward data to business intelligence applications.

11. Modelling, tracking and reporting of SLAs based on business services

In an enterprise environment, you probably have internal service level agreements that teams need to meet, and external service level agreements with customers or users. These need to be tracked and reported on.

12. Fast and easy to set up

You need to be able to get up and running as quickly as possible, and with a minimum of effort.

Checklist: Done! Next up: Your monitoring concept

Now that you know what a monitoring solution for large IT infrastructures should bring to the table, you might like to learn how to create a successful concept for monitoring your IT infrastructure – regardless of if you want to monitor 50 devices or 5000! Yes? Then check out the article 4 steps to a successful IT infrastructure monitoring concept.