Best Practices

Network Management Dashboards

Network management dashboards are ideal for trend predictions, performance analysis and for spotting security issues.   

The key to pinpoint issues faster

Network dashboards provide information about several business-critical components within a single view and give administrators an "at-a-glance" vision of any network problems. Network management dashboards are ideal for trend predictions, performance analysis and for spotting security issues. The complexity of dashboards varies with organizations, but at the very least network administrators require dashboards for visualizing performance, inventory, and bandwidth usage.

Network management dashboard should be specific to your needs. You should take the time to map out what you need and set up dashboards for every major service and component in your IT environment (e.g. LAN/WAN statistics, wired and wireless performance, VoIP, etc.). When you begin customizing your dashboard views, consider these three important considerations:

  • The types of information you need to view most often
  • The devices to which you need to pay closest attention
  • The level of detail you want to monitor through a particular dashboard view

Dashboard views are offered by most network management software, but administrators need a high level of individualization/customization in order to gain more meaningful insight into the data, faster. Best-in class suites like WhatsUp Gold offer customized dashboard views and hundreds of pre-defined reports, providing a personalized view into the overall health at network, server, application, traffic, configuration and device levels. For example the WhatsUp Gold default dashboards includes wireless reports by default (bandwidth, client count, rogue count, wireless active clients, RSSI and wireless system summary with drill-down capabilities), offering you instant visibility into wired/wireless network performance side by side from the get go.

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