IDEAL MEDIA NETWORK MONITORING The right system can help broadcasters offer high-quality service to their audiences, in the teeth of growing complexity
onitoring and control are vital aspects of any successful media business.
this will mean presenting the large amount of data being collected by the solution in a browser-based interface. This makes full use of graphical elements, so it can be viewed both on-site and remotely. That helps to reduce complexity, by offering a single interface with which operators can quickly ascertain the health of their network – and identify any current or potential problems. SWIFT TO DEPLOY: No matter the complexity of the network, the monitoring solution needs to be as automatic as is feasible. This allows processes such as network scan and unit discovery to take place as swiftly as possible. Look for solutions that also select the appropriate driver from a built-in library, further accelerating the process. FULLY SCALABLE: Any NMS should be fully scalable, enabling it to serve users who operate on smaller, local infrastructures – all the way up to the globe-spanning networks that interconnect and power the world’s biggest media organisations. Crucially, it should be able to transition between those states, growing with user needs. INTEROPERABLE: The best system in the world is of little use if it does not integrate into existing infrastructure. Platforms should be
But, as ecosystems have grown, the task of managing them is increasingly more complex and urgent. Effective monitoring of rapidly evolving networks is crucial to success. Downtime involving blank screens or network outages leading to significant rebuffering are widely publicised, and the organisations involved suffer considerable reputational damage. A good solution offers predictive intervention, identifying points of potential failure before they break, while also offering the key benefits of maximising equipment uptime. That’s an especially important consideration, given the globally connected, 24/7 media environment. Media monitoring via a network management system (NMS) is a very competitive market, however. Companies looking to deploy a solution need to weigh up the pros and cons of different options, to arrive at the best fit for their own individual use cases.
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open, versatile, and designed with end-to-end integration as a central tenet. This ensures a vendor-agnostic approach – regardless of device type or IP protocol – enabling the solution to be compatible with diverse equipment, networks and brands. REAL-TIME PERFORMANCE: Any successful NMS deployment needs to be capable of delivering real-time performance. This means users should have easy access – via GUIs and dashboards – to a range of data regarding individual devices in the network, from live status indicators, to browsable timelines, detailed readings and more.
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EASE OF USE: An effective NMS is one that can be used by non- technical staff, and accessed by anyone in the company. Typically,
While a solution does not have to tick all boxes, the chances of successful, long- term deployment increase notably as you progress up the scale. And a solution that matches all the outlined attributes will certainly provide the best fit for any media business requiring agility, scale and ease of use – coupled with a powerful feature set that ensures maximum uptime with minimal failures.
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