How to Monitor Networks While On Vacation

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Are your backups in order (you do have backups, right)? Even in this day of online file sharing services, like Dropbox or Box, you still need good backups, if only to recover from user error when someone accidentally deletes a file. This could certainly be a cloud-based solution, but make sure it has the ability to "go back in time" and show the state of your files at various points in the past. If you still use tape media for backups, who will handle the rotation in your absence? And, does that person know how to restore a file?

Today's networks are increasingly complex, as unending waves of new technology, including the cloud, BYOD, virtualization, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile all compete for bandwidth. Because of this, ensuring the 24/7 availability, reliability and performance of their mission-critical networks, servers and business applications is of the upmost importance – and makes an IT manager's job as demanding as ever. That is why a summer vacation is much deserved for IT professionals – so they can rest and recharge for their next big project.

But just because an IT manager has a day (or more) planned for fun in the sun, it doesn't mean they can ignore their company's networks and servers. In fact, in many cases IT managers may only have limited staff, or even be the only person in charge of network upkeep. That means that even while on vacation, today's IT pros feel the pressure to keep their networks afloat and running seamlessly.

The following tips from Ipswitch Senior Product Manager Jim Cashman are designed to give IT pros a way to ensure that their networks are operating smoothly and securely while they are out of the office – letting them enjoy their summer vacation.


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