Thinking outside of the box can produce some innovative ideas.

While the network maps in Scrutinizer can make the traffic flow on your network easier to visualize and congested links quicker to spot, adding more visual definition to your maps will make them more user friendly and understandable by more members of your organization.

So how do you spice up your NetFlow data and breathe some life into your network utilization maps? Try combining a tool created for home design with a network monitoring tool to create incredible network maps.


For example, using Floorplanner, you can create 2D and 3D floor plans of your office space,  including furniture. Then add to that a network management tool such as Scrutinizer NetFlow and sFlow Analyzer.  With the network mapping tool in Scrutinizer, you can add links to each desktop, printer, webcam, etc., from your switches and routers in the wiring closet.

2D Floorplan

Performance review coming up soon? Imagine a 3D office network map, such as the example below, displayed on a large screen monitor in your NOC. Could anything be more impressive?

3D Floorplan

With this map displayed on a screen in your NOC, network utilization is visible to all.

Network slow? With this network map and the floor plan of your office, you can see who’s the bandwidth hog, where they sit, and with a NetFlow Analyzer tool, you can drill into their link, and Cisco NetFlow technology provides the detail on what they are doing.

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Joanne Ghidoni

Joanne is a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Plixer. She has also held positions as Technical Support Engineer and Sales Engineer since joining Plixer in 2005. Prior to joining Plixer, Joanne has had numerous positions in the IT field, including data entry, computer operator, PC coordinator and support, mainframe programmer, and also Technical Support and web programmer at Cabletron Systems. In her spare time, Joanne enjoys traveling, always seeking out new and interesting places to visit.

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