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Custom network sensors help engineer prevent downtime
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of Special Edition, July 2017, Vol. 1, No. 3
James Ott wears quite a few hats in his position at Federal Radio, a wireless service provider based in Aberdeen, Md., that offers trunked radio services to government agencies and contractors. As a network engineer, IT administrator and communications system technician, Ott designs, builds and manages the wide area, campus and in-building networks that allow Federal Radio's users to communicate securely. Because subscribers count on Federal Radio for both daily and emergency communications, network reliability is critical. One tool that Ott says has dramatically improved visibility and increased uptime is the Paessler PRTG Network Monitor. He explains how PRTG allows him to create dozens of custom network sensors so that he can anticipate device failures before they hurt connectivity. He also shares his advice for young networking professionals just beginning their careers. How has the PRTG Network Monitor reduced network downtime for Federal Radio and its users? James Ott: We're more proactive than reactive now because we can ...
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Traditional enterprise network management is shifting in the face of new virtualization and software trends. Managers need to be aware of how technologies change their network monitoring techniques.
Growing end-user demands can put today's enterprise at increased risk of a major network outage -- and with so much business happening online, the stakes have never been higher.
Too much information? No such thing. Engineer James Ott says network monitoring tool PRTG allows him to anticipate device failures before they occur.
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Clarity is crucial to all enterprises. As networks undergo technology shifts, managers are finding new network visibility tools to gain a clear look across the organization.