How to Monitor Networks While On Vacation

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A server room or data center of any significant size will have a dedicated cooling system to keep things chill, of which the importance escalates during the dog days of summer – a server room's temperature can easily get over 100-degrees fahrenheit even in a short cooling outage. Before checking out for vacation, IT pros should make sure their air conditioning systems are in order. Keep the maintenance contact information next to the thermostat, as well as deploying a spot cooling device in case the A/C fails. When was the last time your equipment was serviced? It might be a good idea to schedule a tune-up before departing.

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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