Law firm Bird & Bird has rolled out a network management device to manage 130 servers across 14 offices from its London head office.
The Mutiny Network Services Monitor is designed to monitor a company's network services and reduce overall costs associated with providing network support.
Three years ago, all server and network monitoring at Bird & Bird was done manually. As the number of servers increased, the company looked at ways of automating the process.
"Mutiny was very straightforward to install and configure, taking less than a day," said Jon Spencer, infrastructure manager at Bird & Bird. The fast installation and quick set-up was due to the fact that unlike some network management tools, the Mutiny application does not require an agent to be installed on individual devices, he added.
Mutiny Network Services Monitor keeps tabs on network traffic, hardware (switches, servers and routers) and the processes and applications that are running, such as Exchange, IIS, SQL Server.
The appliance provides software that can predict when failure is likely to occur and alert network managers via e-mail, text or pager.
The manufacturer said the appliance could also identify weaknesses in the network through the constant monitoring of hardware components and applications. It issues an alert when a fault is detected, enabling the root cause of the problem to be rapidly identified.