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Network Changes are Made Simple with Automated Network Discovery

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Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 Time: 5:39 AM

Have you ever considered how much of a fluid situation your network really is? If you think about it, your network is not a static piece of equipment.  It is constantly growing and changing all of the time. While many do not think about their networks in this respect, this is something to consider when you start to ponder the amount of things that will impact the way you manage your network in the future.

Contemplate for a moment some of the new technologies that have emerged over the course of t just a few years. One of those that stand out is virtualization, and another is the impact that cloud computing is having on application environments being hosted on a server as opposed to locally run on a client machine. These two changes, along with others lend to the idea that networks are living things that must change in order to grow.

Because of these changes, not only are networks in a constant state of fluidity, they also require dynamic ways to manage them. Who really has the time of day to sit around and watch all of these changes as they unfold, and then document them? That’s why automated network discovery is so useful for the modern network management professional.

With automated network discovery, you are able to get reports back in real time about devices on your network. Not more searching for your components, instead you can expect them to report to you about their status as well as configuration. This is just another one of many network management tools that can really make your life easier   - so you can focus on more imperative things like fixing problems or making changes.

When you are getting started using network discovery, it’s as easy as entering IP address ranges that will then go out and find your network devices based on those specifications. Once you have set this up, the system can then be scheduled to check for new devices every day or week, whenever you decide.

This even more powerful when paired with network monitoring software. After every scheduled run of network discovery (that’s why they call it automated) your system can then place those devices into your monitoring software for proper network performance management. That way, if there is ever a problem with them, you’ll know right away.

Instead of constantly trying to keep track of network changes, use automated network discovery. It’ll save you a lot of time and in the long run, some money on those hours that you could have been spending trying to track down some device on your system. The tools are readily available, so get started now.  

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