Network Visibility and Why You Want It

Business and enterprise networks are growing bigger and more complex. Along with that intricacy comes new challenges and the necessity for control. The answer to those problems is network visibility.

What is network visibility?

Simply put, it is the awareness and control of applications, data, and users on a WAN or LAN network.

Here are 5 Benefits to Network Visibility


1. Track and limit bandwidth abuse:

  • Network visibility means having the ability to monitor and control users, applications, and devices. Even better when this can be done in real-time.
  • If you have empire-like employees or applications hogging bandwidth in your network, visibility will enable you to pinpoint that source and limit their access accordingly.
  • A better understanding of where bandwidth consumption is happening allows for better QoS (quality of service) policies.

2. Eliminate downtime

A comprehensive view of your entire network allows administrators to pinpoint the root of any issue. Visibility means you can proactively assess problems before they critically affect your network.

3. Threat Management

  • Capture network behaviour for incident detection
  • Establish a baseline of normal behaviour and monitor flows for abnormal ones
  • Create and analyze network logs and security devices

4. Troubleshoot better and faster

Network intelligence allows for proactive issue detection. Instead of blindly diagnosing problems, engineers can take a more informed approach to troubleshooting with detailed information about every application and user in the network.

5. Plan for growth

Along with understanding the present status of your network, the intelligent information of current trends provides insight on the future of your network.

Network visibility allows you to follow trends, analyze that data, and make informed decisions about what’s to come next.

Bottom Line

Simplifying IT is the heart of network visibility. When Network Administrators can easily maneuver through the network and pinpoint potential problems, the easier it is to make decisions, lower operational costs, and maintain uptime. The result is a complex, yet expertly managed network that shapes the success of the entire organization.