Is it down? How long has it been down? That’s the call or comment that you get when a critical system is down.  It’s pretty obvious you don’t have an efficient network management tool or any tools at all to effectively manage your network when you’re continuously getting these calls.  Not knowing about your network can cost money to your business and definitely cost you time.

So, what do we do now? You can invest time heavily into an open source network monitoring solution. Or you could invest into a commercial off the shelf solution which primarily works on-premise. These are all good solutions and can provide great insight on your current network investment.