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Making Network Management Simple, Effective, and Rewarding - Page 2

 By Darryl Brick | Posted Sep 20, 2010
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What's happening?

There's a popular saying in networking circles that you can't manage what you can't see. A good starting point for network management, then, is visibility. What is going on in the wires of your wired network? Who is using the network, and when? What kinds of resources are they using? Are your wireless access points providing adequate coverage for wireless network access? Are there any trouble spots in your network?

Make sure your management software is able to interpret the data (generated in dry, complicated form) coming from the switch and display it in graphical form, so you can see what is happening in your network. Ideally, you should be able to push a button and view a pie chart or other visual snapshot of your network's activity and overall performance, for both wired and wireless networks. This “map” will also simplify the deployment and configuration of your network devices.

In addition, good graphical information enables more effective troubleshooting of your network's operations. It will be easier to make whatever changes are needed to improve less-than-optimal aspects of your network's performance – and often to catch problems before they arise.

Is it safe?

A secure network is vital to an organization of any size. As an SMB, you need simple and effective ways to make sure no unauthorized people or devices can gain access to your network, and that your network remains free of viruses, worms, and other malware. In simple terms, your network should be “waterproof” from a security standpoint.

Along with graphical tools for visibility, your switches should also have built-in security features. Look for access control features, simple firewalls, and other technologies for repelling attacks and intruders from outside your network. You should be able to audit who and what is gaining access to your network and know that defences are in place to keep your networked data, resources, and applications safe.

HP is exhibiting at 360�IT, the IT Infrastructure Event held 22nd – 23rd September 2010, at Earl's Court, London. The event provides an essential road map of technologies for the management and development of a flexible, secure and dynamic IT infrastructure. For further information please visit www.360itevent.com

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More information about HP Networking is available at http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/index.aspx

(1) “Fast” Ethernet refers to the 100Base-T Ethernet technology. “Gigabit” Ethernet is refers to 1000Base Ethernet.

2) For as long as a product is owned, with next-business-day advanced response and best effort replacement. The following hardware products and their related series modules have a one-year hardware warranty with extensions available:HP Networking Routing Switch 9300m series,HP Networking Switch 8100fl series,HP Networking Network Access Controller 800, and HP Networking DCM Controller. The following hardware mobility products have a one-year hardware warranty with extensions available: HP Networking M111 Client Bridge, HP Networking MSM3xx-R Access Points, HP Networking MSM7xx Mobility and Access Controllers, HP Networking RF Manager IDS/IPS Systems, HP Networking MSM Power Supplies, HP Networking 1 Port Power Injector, and HP Networking CNMS Appliances. Disk drives in the HP Networking ONE Services zl modules have a five-year hardware warranty. Standalone software, upgrades or licenses may have different warranty duration. For details, refer to the Networking Software License, Warranty and Support booklet at http://h10144.www1.hp.com/customercare/support/warranty/index.htm.

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