Finally…you’re about to head home. Then…the calls start. Then..the emails. The network is slow…or even worse, it’s down. Troubleshooting takes up so much time compared to […]

How to Win Friends & Influence Bosses (Using Network Diagrams)

Finally…you’re about to head home. Then…the calls start. Then..the emails. The network is slow…or even worse, it’s down. Troubleshooting takes up so much time compared to […]

Finally…you’re about to head home. Then…the calls start. Then..the emails. The network is slow…or even worse, it’s down. Troubleshooting takes up so much time compared to actually fixing the underlying network issue.

How can managers and IT directors help their staff reduce the time it takes to find and fix an issue?

Network diagrams save your company time and, most importantly, money. In this article, we’ll go over six ways to make your work life easier and get management approval for automated network diagram software such as netTerrain Logical:

1. Save money, time, and hassle with real-time, automated network diagram software

When spreadsheets and Visio diagrams are drawn and entered, they become out-of-date…almost immediately. If you’re relying on Visio network diagrams, the more time you take to find what you need, the more it costs your organization money. With netTerrain’s automated network discovery, you can get up-to-date diagrams— and ditch the manual network documentation process for good!

Get real-time diagrams at your fingertips with automated diagram software

2. Improve staff efficiency with real-time, automated network diagram software

When you create network topology maps for troubleshooting, rather than relying on old documentation (which may not have been updated), you can let your network engineers focus on their day-to-day tasks: no more wasting hours troubleshooting a problem when you could have just used automated network diagrams.

3. See how everything is connected with real-time, automated network diagram software

Want to view Layer 2 connections? With automated network diagram software such as netTerrain, that’s no problem. Need to see and run reports on available ports and ports used? Check.

With the introduction of netTerrain version 8.6, organizations have the ability to see how ports are connected through network discovery. More good news? netTerrain will also be releasing its long-awaited CDP and LLDP discovery later this year (2020) too!

4. Bring all of your siloed data together with real-time, automated network diagram software

Need to view all of your network, data center, and telecom rooms data in one place — no jumping through hoops or chasing down wild geese? netTerrain’s Collector, included with any purchase of netTerrain, houses key API connectors to third party applications, such as: AWS, Observium, ServiceNow, Solarwinds Orion, CA Spectrum, and vCenter. When you can grab this data and bring it all into one centralized place, your network engineers save time by finding the right information quickly.

Easily connect to data in 3rd party systems with netTerrain’s pre-built connectors

5. Stop knowledge loss and ensure business continuity with real-time, automated network diagram software

From time to time, I get calls from folks who need network diagrams…STAT. They say their main network guy left the company and no one knows what the network looks like. Access to information about the organization’s networks and systems is critical, especially when bouncing back from the loss of key employees.

6. You won’t break the bank with real-time, automated network diagram software

netTerrain does not cost an arm and a leg: pricing for netTerrain Logical starts at under $2,000 with up to 500 devices and 1 user account included — and under $3,000 for 1000 devices. netTerrain scales to well more than 40,000 devices.

Recently, I wrote an article about how network consultants and MSPs can start documenting client networks at a very reasonable starting price.

Bottomline? Ensure your diagrams and data are up-to-date. With netTerrain’s automated network discovery and built-in ability to leverage your existing data sources, your time-to-implement the software is greatly reduced — you can start to diagram your network in minutes!

To try netTerrain for 14 days, please visit our website: www.netTerrain.com. This is our Cloud site, and you can download the Collector to run your network discovery. netTerrain offers Cloud and on-premise offerings. To speak to a Sales Representative for an on-premise version, discuss pricing, or to schedule a web demo, feel free to reach us at sales@graphicalnetworks.com or call us at 1+240-912-6223.

Fred Koh
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.

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