You might not think a network diagramming tool can make or break your day. But ask anyone who’s accidentally unplugged the wrong router. They’ll tell you it can be the difference between a calm office and total chaos. One small mistake can turn a peaceful day upside down…in the mood for an office uprising, anyone?

So, what exactly is a network diagram? It’s like a map of your network, showing all the devices and how they’re connected. These diagrams are super useful. They help you understand and manage your network, keep an eye on what’s working (or not), and track your network’s devices.

Example: logical diagram in our software netTerrain

Network diagrams give you a deep dive into the specifics of your network devices and how they link to each other. This knowledge is key when you’re trying to fix problems, plan for growth, and keep track of your inventory!

You could always make these diagrams by hand (time for a coffee, right?), but it’s much better to use an automated network diagramming tool. Here’s why: manual diagrams get outdated fast if you don’t keep updating them as things change. And as your network gets bigger and more complex, keeping manual diagrams up-to-date becomes a massive headache. This can lead to management problems and unexpected outages.

Plus, network diagrams can help Network Managers and Enterprise Architects plan for your network’s growth. They make it easy to find and identify servers, routers, and switches in the network.

You can even automate the process of tracking all the network devices using network protocols like SNMP. But what is it that makes a network diagramming tool truly ‘modern’? It’s the ability to do more than just automation! These tools can make a network engineer’s life a whole lot easier. Here’s how:

  • They let you create different views of each network device in various diagrams, like an application view or rack diagram view.
  • They let you add extra data fields for network devices, which helps with tracking maintenance, warranty, and cost information.
  • They can find an IP address in a snap.
  • They let you run searches and save search parameters to create reports, like a list of all the equipment in your network diagram.
  • They let you attach documents to each device.
  • They help you create tasks for things like planning for migration, decommissioning devices, and reserving ports.
  • They can import data from existing CMDB solutions like Remedy or SNOW.

A modern network diagramming tool can streamline and manage many tasks for engineers or network architects. By automating network maps and packing many tools into one, these solutions play a key role in the daily work of network engineers and architects.

Ready to give a modern network mapping tool a spin? Why not test drive out our platform, netTerrain Logical, either on-prem or as a SaaS model? See how it can automate your network maps! This way, you can sidestep any office chaos and enjoy your lunch break in peace.

About Fred Koh

As a seasoned sales executive, Fred Koh serves as Director of Sales and is responsible for Graphical Networks sales and channel partner program, marketing strategy, and operations.