At times, does your customer’s corporate network resemble rush hour in Los Angeles? If so, regularly reviewing bandwidth usage is a good idea. The network will be better for it.
How you work with your customers to enforce the consumption of bandwidth can’t be overstated—though it is often overlooked. Bandwidth gives users the capacity to digitally transmit data. The more that’s consumed, the longer the process takes to send information across the network. When efficiency dips, productivity drops. The challenge, therefore, is ensuring your customers treat bandwidth as a valuable commodity.
Bandwidth consumption is really about time management, business management, and resource management, because we’re all connected to the internet.
You need to work with your customers to determine the amount of bandwidth required to meet their business needs. Likewise, you also need to identify how much bandwidth users consume for activities unrelated to work. This exercise is essential for creating controls and policies that grant users acceptable browsing freedom without hurting network and workforce efficiency.
Typically, it takes an interruption to alert IT professionals that a problem has surfaced. And by that point, they are forced to be reactive rather than proactive.
If you have your finger on the pulse of the network when everything runs smoothly, you have a distinct advantage: You can spot issues quicker, and address them faster, because you know where to look.
With free network tools like Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor from SolarWinds MSP, you can monitor interfaces on your network to see how much bandwidth is in use. It allows you to do this quickly, across multiple interfaces from different devices, and at a very granular level.
Once you have installed the software, you simply need to enter the IP and SMTP details/community string of the device you’re looking to query. This will provide you with a list of interfaces available for you to collect bandwidth data on—interfaces can be any intelligence device that supports SMTP.
Once you’ve done that, you can select thresholds for warning and critical error states to enable you to see when those interfaces are experiencing high usages. This allows you to more effectively manage traffic on your customers’ networks. On top of this, you can set how much history you’d like to store in order to help you understand what normal usage looks like across the network—you can collect data right down to every 500ms.
Aside from being helpful when trying to troubleshoot application and network performance issues or to verify that your load-balancing configuration is working correctly, the Free Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor tool can potentially help you spot security issues. Devices or interfaces seeing more bandwidth than expected can be a key indicator of data exfiltration or malware communicating with a command and control centre.
To start keeping a close eye on bandwidth usage, get free Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor from SolarWinds MSP. Click here.