5 Everyday Network Issues Your Business Shouldn't Have
Every day of the week, system administrators work to ensure a smooth business process, with the goal of reducing and preventing malfunctions and failures that result in lost time as well as financial loss.
We’ve found that many IT professionals face the same challenges when it comes to improving productivity and preventing downtimes. Fortunately, there is a simple solution that allows administrators to focus their time and expertise on important IT projects instead of putting out small fires. Whether you’re relying on email and databases or running a website or online shop, network monitoring ensures that you can track the availability of systems, services, applications and bandwidth usage and stay informed of potentially serious issues, before they become a major problem.
Here’s a look at how network monitoring tools can alleviate many of the everyday issues IT professionals face each day:
Early Recognition of Potential Hardware Issues
Wondering why your applications are slow? Unsure of whether you need to update your hardware resources to prevent failures? Your IT infrastructure needs constant review to ensure the health of your system. Whether it’s checking the temperature of your servers or knowing when your hard disks will be full, network monitoring allows you to get precise details and historical reports about all of your components. This data provides insight on broader trends – including when resources are going to run out and warning you in the event of the unexpected such as server outages. Improved access to the most important details of your infrastructure makes it easier to stay on top of your resources and helps you determine whether costly upgrades are necessary.
Poor Web Page Performance
Is your webpage so slow that it turns off potential customers? The availability and loading times of web pages are crucial, not only for e-commerce sites but for any organisation looking to make it easy for customers and stakeholders to connect. If a buying process fails due to technical errors, or browsing items on your page is a horrible experience, you will lose customers and money. Network monitoring tools can alert you to these issues, showing the loading times and measuring performance. It also helps you understand more about your page’s traffic peaks, so that you know when it’s time to allocate more bandwidth.
Unreliable Virtual Environments
Frustrated by virtual machines that keep crashing? Network monitoring offers options to help you keep a close eye on your virtual environments. Sensors (measuring points) can monitor everything from the CPU and memory usage to the network speed as well as the hardware hosting the virtual machine. This allows you to understand immediately where the problem may lie, which means less time spent troubleshooting.
Failing Windows Services and Server Hang-Ups
Problems with Outlook are a fairly common experience for many organisations, which means more headaches for IT professionals. If a service on a server fails, one of the most common fixes is to reboot the server to get the failing service back online. New network monitoring tools allow you the option to reboot the server automatically, even if you’re out of the office, giving you more flexibility and improving the organisation’s recovery time. They also offer numerous types of alert notifications, including by SMS or even within monitoring smartphone apps, to keep you informed of any outages before they become a major problem.
Security Issues in Your Network
How can you be sure that your network is safe? Rather than acting as a front line security tool like a virus scanner, a network monitor is more like a security command centre; overseeing the whole security picture of a network. While it’s important that antivirus scanners are running and the latest updates are installed, it’s also critical that you keep track of unusual activity. Network monitoring makes it easy to detect suspicious usage such as unusual CPU and traffics peaks and runs checks on the network connections. It can keep an eye on your current security solutions, making sure they’re online, as well as keeping an eye out for under-the-radar activity.
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Why Alibaba Cloud is doubling down in Southeast Asia
Alibaba has announced expansion of its cloud business within Southeast Asia, with the introduction of a digital upskilling programme for locals alongside acceleration of its data centre openings.
This doubling down of its cloud business in Southeast Asia comes as the company faces stiff competition at home in China from rivals including Pinduoduo Inc and Tencent and seeks to up its game in a region considered to be the fastest-growing in cloud adoption to compete with leading global cloud providers AWS, Google and Microsoft.
Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and second biggest revenue driver after its core e-commerce business, finally turned profitable for the first time in the December 2020 following 11 years of operation, thanks largely to the pandemic which has spurred businesses and consumers to get online.
Southeast Asia growing demand for cloud
In 2020, there was a noticeable increase in interest towards cloud in SE Asia, with the population embracing digital transformation during the pandemic and SMEs across the region showing increased demand for cloud computing.
Such demand has led to the expectation that Southeast Asia is now the fastest-growing adopter of cloud computing with the cloud market expected to reach US$40.32bn in Southeast Asia by 2025 according to IDC.
And there are plenty of players vying for a slice of the cloud pie. While AWS, the cloud arm of Amazon, is the leading player in Southeast Asia (and across all of APAC apart from China), Microsoft and Google are the next two most dominant players in Southeast Asia with Alibaba coming in fourth.
“There is no doubt that during the past year we have seen the acceleration of digital transformation efforts across all industries,” explains Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia. “Asia now accounts for 60% of the world’s growth and is leading the global recovery with the digitalization of business models and economies. Cloud will continue to be a core foundation empowering the realization of Asia’s ambitions, enabling co-innovation across industries, government and community, to drive inclusive societal progress.”
Alibaba’s commitment to Southeast Asia
At its annual Alibaba Cloud Summit, the Chinese company announced Project AsiaForward, an initiative designed to upskill local developers, small-to-medium-sized companies and connect businesses with venture capital. Alibaba said it would set aside US$1bn over the next three years to develop digital skills in the region, with the aim of helping to develop 100,000 developers and to help grow 100,000 tech startups.
But that’s not all. The company, which recently opened its third data centre in Indonesia, serving customers with offerings across database, security, network, machine learning and data analytics services, also announced it would unveil its first data centre in the Philippines by the end of 2021.
Furthermore, that it would establish its first international innovation centre, located in Malaysia, offering a one-stop shop platform for Malaysian SMEs, startups and developers to innovate in emerging technologies.
“We are seeing a strong demand for cloud-native technologies in emerging verticals across the region, from e-commerce and logistics platforms to FinTech and online entertainment. As the leading cloud service provider and trusted partner in APAC, we are committed to bettering the region’s cloud ecosystem and enhancing its digital infrastructure,” says Jeff Zhang, President, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.
What other cloud providers are pledging in the region
This pledge by Alibaba to upskill both individuals and businesses follows Microsoft’s announcement in April that it was planning to upskill Malaysia’s population and would invest US$1bn over the next five years to build a new data centre centre in Malaysia.
This is the latest in a long line of pledges to the region by the US tech giant, which is fast accelerating the growth of its cloud datacenter footprint in Asia, expanding form seven 11 markets, and recently adding three new markets across Asia – Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan. Back in February, it announced plans to establish its first datacenter region in Indonesia and to skill an additional 3 million Indonesians to achieve its goal of empowering over 24 million Indonesians by the end of 2021.
And recent research by IDC shows that Microsoft’s most recent datacenter expansions in Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan alone are set to generate more than US$21bn in new revenues and will create 100,000 new jobs in the next four years.
Also last month, Tencent announced it has launched internet data centres in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo to add to its second availability zone opened in Korea last year and plans to add an internet data center in Indonesia, and Google has also been pushing into the enterprise space in Southeast Asia for several years now.
Expanding data centers allows cloud providers to boost their capacity in certain countries or regions.