Standard Applications May Help
HP OpenView Network Node Manager (NNM) provides a widely used application that is found in both enterprise and service provider networks. It provides some useful features, including automatic discovery and mapping of network devices, receipt of notification messages, and the ability to add your own proprietary software. In short, NNM provides a GUI that allows you to see your network. If NNM is available to you, then it may prove invaluable in discovering and monitoring your network. If not, then don’t despair!
The key to effective IT management is selective use of automated tools. If you have access to high-end application software, then use it. As we move into an era of autonomic computing, it will increasingly be the case that systems and software will execute some or all of their own management. Get aboard this bandwagon early by maximizing your use of software solutions in your IT management tasks!