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How To Make Use Of Fault Management To Take Care Of Network Health Modern day computer systems use networks that are ubiquitous naturally. IT administrators manage network health and resources with a wireless home network for complicated business networks. During the majority of network operation, network communications work efficiently, and the bulk of the IT accountability is to add or remove network components in accordance with changing requirements. Nevertheless, in those rare occasions when a fault occurs, IT must respond quickly and decisively to prevent costly downtime. During such a time, IT must have the right tools for fault management in order to maintain the health of their system. Causes of Network Faults Knowing the possible causes of the errors would be the starting point to fault management. For any fault that takes place, there is a closed set of likely causes and knowing these will help the IT technician uncover the problem more effectively. The most likely failure of any network fault is usually a connector problem. This will include looking at the portions of the system with the lowest MTBF. A fault will appear if a connector no longer has a positive connection which generally means it has worn out. Another probable source of a fault for wired systems is destruction to the cable. If a cable is somehow bent or crushed a fault will in the end occur even though cables are usually positioned to isolate them from activity in the facility. An electronic noise source is yet another possible cause of failure. If a high powered motor is located too near a network component or cables, the noise originating from that motor could disrupt the network signal. Whatever the case will be the IT technician would need to instantly locate the cause of the problem and correct it as soon as possible. Correcting the fault, while it might be difficult still requires the IT tech to locate the difficulty and there lies the problem. Once the malfunctioning section is located, the IT tech would change the cable or remove the source of the noise which is basic compared to other issues that can occur. Fault Localization Although a factory installation may involve miles of cables and hundreds of network components, localizing faults can still be easy. The key is to place network components logically so that they can act as gatekeepers. A fault between two components will likely be reported at one and not the other if a problem takes place between component A and component B. In this case, the detecting component will go into alarm and transmit a signal via SNMP to the IT administrator for a remedy. Based on the severity levels and the the area within the facility, the administrator can classify the various signals and alarms appropriately. Fault Correction Fundamentally, malfunctions involving non-critical platforms can be fixed with a simple solution of replacing the cables between specified components and re-testing the system. If this doesn't necessarily correct the condition, alternate cable routing can be another strategy.

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How To Make Use Of Fault Management To Take Care Of Network Health Critical systems will have repetitive routing. This means that a fault in one communications path can be compensated by switching to an alternate path. Without involvement, the switch takes place automatically if set up to respond in that manner. At some time the fault would still need to be repaired appropriately because eventually this could become an issue and the loss at the faulted route would start to impact the communications. Management Software One of the most helpful innovations toward fault management will be the use of visualization software. A map of the premises often is used that is color coded which represents the components and when a problem takes place a flashing signal would activate. It can also indicate the location of the cable associated, allowing even an inexperienced technician to be able to go right to the source. When thinking about basic alarm systems, this new technology is a huge improvement when the professional can be directed to the location rather than having to hunt the problem down themselves which would be very time consuming. Just about the most important parts of a successful management systems is the management software to help find critical problems swiftly to get the system back up and running proficiently. With services like network fault management, Centina Systems has experts that will help you and your company prosper. Make sure you visit Centina Systems by looking at their web page which is centinasystems.com.

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How To Make Use Of Fault Management To Take Care Of Network Health