If you are a network administrator for a major retail business then you know the inherent challenge in network monitoring across many varied locations. When hundreds or even thousands of remote sites are involved, the troubleshooting process for determining outages, increased latency or various congestion issues becomes exacerbated. Adding to the complexity, sites down or on backup sometimes need to receive priority over others. That means certain outlets need to be addressed first. Typically a queue will be established based on revenue generation of each particular site. Either way, for network professionals using our NetFlow analysis solutions, critical issues become obvious when viewing the status of all sites.
Using the right flow monitoring tools can provide the insight necessary to determine what to work on first. NetFlow and IPFIX resources can compliment any other NMS systems to provide a holistic view. Metrics such as length of time down, response time, traffic volume and even sales volume all become factors when determining the overall health of a distant store. Each retail store becomes part of an overall health measurement, either regionally or company-wide.
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