Network monitoring can have multiple forms in relation to the examination platform and requirements. Network teams are confused about adequately understanding the different categories of network monitoring ever since network architectures have become more software-centric and decentralized from hybrid and multi-cloud perspectives. On the other hand, many advancements in network monitoring have helped lessen the management and support burden on the associated teams. AI and machine learning tools have eliminated many manual processes and given the overall trajectory a lot of momentum.
In this context, here is a glance at four types of network monitoring.
1. Configuration Network Monitoring
Configuration monitoring checks are necessary for teams using local configuration files to manage traditional network components from a performance and IT security outlook. These automated tools can compare similarly configured devices for inaccuracies needed.
Critical features in configuration monitoring include real-time monitoring, automated configuration, and configuration comparison.
2. Availability Monitoring
Availability monitoring is the easiest way for network teams to determine the operationability of devices. Some availability monitoring tools often do much more than that, such as lumping specific interface status notifications, performing network device hardware checks into specific interface status notifications, and checking on network device hardware. Examples of commonly used availability monitoring protocols include Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and event logs (Syslog).
3. Performance Monitoring
Performance monitoring does pretty much what availability monitoring does while also emphasizing the end-user experience and delivered performance. It focuses more on network utilization, suboptimal path selection, and latency. Examples of performance monitoring protocols include SNMP, Syslog, flow-based monitoring, streaming telemetry, and packet capture analysis.
4. Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring
In most cases, both public and private cloud instances are able to use the same monitoring tools facilitated by the providers. However, many providers also offer built-in or customized tools. While these tools are accessible, they might not be compatible with third-party aspects of the infrastructure. Organizations must decide what to use according to their specific requirements.
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