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John Olson

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Network Monitoring to Catch Malware

Posted by John Olson on Mar 16, 2017 11:34:22 AM

Break-ins and malware are constant threats to computer networks. It's no longer safe to assume that security software will keep all attackers out. An extra layer of defense is necessary, to catch threats that have started to take root and get rid of them as quickly as possible. It isn't unusual for hostile software to sit in a system for months before it's caught. While it's sitting there, it's using up network resources and landing its host on Internet blacklists. Network monitoring can catch abnormal activity and let administrators remove its source.

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Topics: network monitoring

Cloud Based Network Management is a Hand in Glove Solution for IoT Development Firms.

Posted by John Olson on Feb 27, 2017 9:57:00 AM

In the rough-and-tumble world of IoT development where moves, changes, mergers, and other assorted chaos often rules the scene, adaptability is king.

If your firm is involved in developing a cutting-edge IoT application or device, your network configuration, monitoring, and management system should not take the form of an inflexible behemoth meaning for example, a major software suite with predetermined parameters.  

Cloud based network management makes a heck of a lot more sense.

As with all things cloud, a fine cloud based network management solution is only there as long as you need it and is instantly scalable either up or down.  That's important when your project has to go through a major gear-shifting of one form or another or needs to be scrapped altogether in favor of a whole new, different move.  

In todays' computing world that is so infected with bad actors there is no skimping on IT management as it relates to security.  

Theoretically this means there is potentially no limit on the amount of money that might be spent to ensure IT security.  One thing is sure -- instant scalability is hugely helpful, both in terms of controlling costs and in terms of quickness of deployment.  

Network management through an excellent SaaS solution may be had very quickly and at finely controllable cost.  

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Topics: network management

The Cisco PSIRT OpenVuln API

Posted by John Olson on Feb 23, 2017 9:40:19 AM

Cisco provides a choice of ways to learn about the security vulnerabilities it reports. Users and administrators can check Cisco's security page. They can subscribe to a mailing list, an RSS feed, or a notification service. The most versatile option is the PSIRT OpenVuln API. It's lets organizations run applications to monitor and respond to vulnerabilities in customized ways. They can use existing applications or create their own.

In creating OpenVuln, Cisco is aiming not only to present information in more adaptable ways, but to encourage the development of open security automation standards.

OpenVuln lets a custom application get the latest information through a REST API. RESTful queries are equivalent to HTTP URLs, so an application can use Web-related code libraries to do much of the work. The information can come back in XML or JSON format, following five standards:

  • CVE, Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.

  • CVSS, Common Vulnerability Scoring System.

  • CVRF, Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework.

  • OVAL, Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (only for Cisco IOS advisories).

  • CWE, Common Weakness Enumeration.

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Topics: Cisco PSIRT

We are at MSPExpo - February 8th - 10th 2017

Posted by John Olson on Feb 6, 2017 9:35:02 AM

NMSaaS are delighted to reveal that we will be attending and exhibiting at MSPExpo, this month, February 8th to 10th at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Topics: MSPs

10 Key Server Metrics for Network Monitoring

Posted by John Olson on Jan 24, 2017 12:03:53 PM

Network monitoring provides valuable information about your servers' performance.

To get the most out of it, you need to understand the performance metrics which it reports.

Some metrics apply to any server which provides data; others refer to special server types, such as SQL and Web servers.

General metrics

Any server has maximum rates at which it can send and receive data. This is often called "bandwidth," but a more precise term is channel capacity. (Bandwidth, strictly speaking, is an analog property.) No matter what you do, you won't send and receive data faster than the channel capacity. It's rare that you'll even come close to it.

The highest data rates that you actually achieve are a more meaningful metric. Many factors will affect the practical maximum: the other devices on the network, the quality of the transmission medium, the software in use, the block size, the degree of disk fragmentation, and so on. If data rates decrease over time, it's worth investigating the cause. If the data rate often approaches the channel capacity, the server hardware may be limiting its performance.

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Topics: SaaS

8 Essential Reasons to Track Your Network Monitoring History

Posted by John Olson on Jan 23, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Network monitoring isn't just for telling you how your business's system metrics are doing now, but for getting a historical context.

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Topics: network monitoring

5 Ways Cloud Performance Monitoring Can Help Your Business

Posted by John Olson on Jan 4, 2017 10:42:06 AM

Your goal is always to improve your business, and much of this is dependent upon your IT department and what takes place.

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Topics: Cloud Based Network Monitoring

A Comprehensive Application Performance Checklist

Posted by John Olson on Dec 12, 2016 11:47:43 AM

The optimal performance of web applications and the networks that they are run on is vital to the success of your business.

Consequently, it is imperative that you manage, measure, and monitor these environments completely from the application, through the network, and finally to your end-users.

The ability to understand performance at each point and being capable of quickly rectifying any issue before it has an effect on your end-users is of paramount importance.

The ideal checklist will take into account six crucial areas to assess and monitor for efficient, expeditious application performance, as well as availability.

The application performance checklist outlined below will aid you in gaining insight, ensuring superior end-user experience, and creating seamless application delivery. 

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Topics: Performance Monitoring

9 Must Follow Twitter Accounts for Cisco CCNAs

Posted by John Olson on Nov 7, 2016 7:47:00 AM

 

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Topics: SaaS, Cloud Based Network Monitoring

6 Must Read Blogs on Network Management

Posted by John Olson on Oct 19, 2016 10:15:42 AM

 

Networking is a difficult task, and managing those networks even more so. As it turns out, though, many net-workers are eager to share their experiences with the world, in any fashion they can. Blogging, it so happens, is an easy way for them to do just that.

There are tons of networking blogs that you can follow, allowing you to read the thoughts of others when it comes to technology, their mishaps and helpful advice. The only problem is figuring out where to start, so we’ve decided to help you out and put together a list of the top six blogs that you should be following.

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Topics: network management

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