TOPIC: Network Visibility and Control Project Implementation

I. Industry
Manufacturing Industry – Electric Machineries

II. Problem

The company’s network infrastructure was down for three days due to an internet traffic congestion caused by an internal network loop. Prior to this, the company has already been experiencing bandwidth problems caused by non-productive and non-business related internet traffic usage.

III. Solution
(1)The company needs a way to have visibility over its network infrastructure in order to quickly detect network traffic congestion, physical connection problems, bottle necks and network loops. (2) At the same time, they should be able to monitor & control the outgoing traffic to their Japan headquarters within the available bandwidth.

IV. Value Proposition
Netmarks Philippines Inc. (NMPI) proposed a solution that can monitor the company’s internal network connections and another solution to monitor and control the outbound traffic passing through the company’s Japan headquarters and to the internet.

V. Benefits
With the help of MMPI solution together with the deployment of managed switches in the critical parts of the network infrastructure, the company can now monitor the state of the network – physical connection, bandwidth usage, and traffic utilization -- that are near or in reach of the new main switches.
Also, the company can now know the percentage or rate of different inbound and outbound traffic that are associated with specific user IP addresses and host names. With this new information, policies can be created on the new solution to limit, block, prioritize and/or guarantee bandwidth to a specific or group of traffic.

VI. Overall
The company was able to gain network visibility over their network.  In addition, with the solutions installed, the company’s IT Administrator can use real-time dashboard to monitor and review traffic history, limit the rate, and instantly create customized reports of inbound and outbound internet traffic activity. The IT Administrator can also select applications that will be given priority in case of congested situation.

  VII. Diagram
Before Implementation After Implementation