10 ways how the Network Multimeter helps IT managers
The life of the IT manager is hard. Maintaining an ever-increasing number of business critical applications, migrating from on-premise services to public and private clouds and keeping the key network infrastructure online.
Here are 10 things the Allegro Packets Network Multimeter does to help IT managers cope with fast-changing IT requirements.
1. Identify intermittent issues
Having Allegro Network Multimeter(s) installed in your network, enables easy and fast troubleshooting of intermittent issues as they are reported by users. Using the intuitive web GUI to filter down to specific application protocols, and then to the IP address of the affected users (or vice versa), makes it is easy to identify a wide range of issues within minutes.
2. Back-in-Time Troubleshooting
The Allegro Network Multimeter solutions, use In-Memory (RAM) databases and packet ring buffer storage, to enable fast access to statistics, measurements and network traffic history. With an Allegro, you no longer have to take immediate action when a (minor) problem is reported. You can look up the source of a problem hours or days later.
3. Troubleshoot VoIP issues
As legacy phone services are phased out and replaced by feature-rich VoIP services, it becomes critical to the business that VoIP traffic runs without problems over the network. The Allegro Network Multimeters have Enterprise grade VoIP monitoring built in, which can be used to easily identify the root cause of VoIP quality- and performance issues.
4. Identify overloaded paths
When specific offices, building floors or rooms are experiencing network issues, it may be that a network segment connecting that location is experiencing excessive network load. This could potentially be caused by misconfigured routing. The Allegro network multimeter can analyze traffic on a specific path to identify network load issues.
5. Proactive troubleshooting
Having the Allegro network multimeter in the network, allows network conditions to be analyzed automatically. Issues and incidents can be automatically identified and reported via e-mails sent to network managers and/or syslog, allowing such issues to be rectified before they start to affect the network users.
6. Network application testing
With its support for full layer 7 analysis, the Allegro Network Multimeter is able to identify issues with specific network applications and services. For example, if users are experiencing issues with a specific application such as Webex, Teams or Skype. The Allegro Packets appliance is able to analyze traffic specific to those applications (RTP) so you can resolve issues quickly.
7. Identify bottlenecks and flood sources
Malfunctioning or poorly configured network devices can often flood the network with traffic, reducing the availability of other network devices and services. The Allegro Network Multimeter identifies micro bursts, network volumes and top traffic sources on the network, making it easy to identify the device(s) causing the issue.
8. Server reporting
Reporting on server usage is easy with the Allegro Network Multimeter. Built-in SMB server reporting functionality, captures the amount of SMB traffic traversing the network and the traffic load at certain times during the day.
9. Network packet capture
Sometimes you just need to break out other tools such as Wireshark to help you troubleshoot certain network services or protocols. The Allegro Network Multimeter gives you instant access to pre-filtered PCAP files, everywhere throughout the web GUI. Finding the needles in a haystack, was never more easy. Allegro Network Multimeter even has a web based Wireshark built in, for quick and easy packet analysis in your browser.
10. Business-wide monitoring & troubleshooting
The Allegro Packets Network Multimeter family contains a number of different form factor devices. From portable handheld devices, suitable for field use and remote office troubleshooting, to rack mounted high capacity devices suitable for permanent use in the datacenter. This range enables the Allegro Network Multimeter to be used for monitoring and analysis across the entire network.