As a company’s network becomes more and more complex, there is an increasing need for a solution that can help combat security threats while simultaneously monitoring traffic over the network and being able to quickly pinpoint and rectify a problem right away. Enter NetFlow, a traffic profile monitoring solution that has been created to power increased visibility within any network.
Plixer International (News - Alert) is the mastermind behind NetFlow reporting tools such as Scrutinizer NetFlow and sFlow Analyzer, both of which provide enterprises with key information on how efficiently traffic is moving within a network, as well as what the traffic consists of and what tasks are being completed.
Besides those important functions, these tools can be utilized to: grab research, collect data and make educated guesses on how to solve problems now and in the future; provide a higher degree of accuracy when making a hypothesis as the NetFlow solution allows users to gain access to much better data; and save money overall on the lifecycle of the product.
For example, Mercy hospital, a huge organization serving the public, recently implemented Plixer International’s portfolio and quickly realized they were only using about 25 percent of their available bandwidth. So, the company took steps to drop two T1s, which allowed the hospital to save an impressive $80,000 a year between lines and support that were no longer needed. Thus, NetFlow was able to increase the revenue earned by the hospital as well as save them money for years to come.
Moreover, NetFlow enables employees who are working remotely to gain access in visualizing how traffic is moving no matter where they are located at the time.
It is clear that for any sized organization, if traffic congestion occurs on the network, it could result in decreased productivity and efficiency across the entire company. But, if you use NetFlow, this will no longer be a concern.
Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves