One of the fundamental requirements for optimum Network Management is the basic knowledge of how a network is operating on a day to day
basis and to be able to recognize any changes. There are often tell-tale indicators and minor symptoms that could alert of
impending problems and unless it is known how the network operates normally, any changes could be over-looked. The best way to
become familiar with what is normal operation is to collect and plot statistical data about the network. This should include a
breakdown of the activity present on the network and profile statistics about the users on the network, often called a network
analysis or baseline report. Once a reference point is established, regular comparing and monitoring of the network will produce
trend analysis and alert to any significant deviations. This will help maintain a healthy network long term.
The Benefits of Network Analysis:
Optimum network performance.
Identification of potential problems before they occur.
Ability to make informed decisions on how proposed new systems will impact on the existing
Focus for additional investment in networking technologies.