Opsview research uncovers businesses failing to backup critical network device configurations

Release Date: 
17 Oct 2013

READING, UK – October 17, 2013 – Opsview, the leading unified services monitoring vendor, today announced new research indicating over a third of companies do not backup their network device configurations and of those that do, 20% of businesses are manually backing up their configurations. The research, conducted by Opsview, looked at businesses and their usage of network performance monitoring software.

The research shows that of the businesses surveyed there were some clear trends in the networking sector.

  • Cisco continues to dominate the networking equipment space with over 70% of businesses preferring Cisco to other vendors.
  • SNMP Traps are now in use by over 65% of businesses, with over 80% of those using SNMPv2.
  • NetFlow is the most widely used *Flow protocol, with 72% of respondents currently using it.
  • 77% of respondents use network monitoring tools primarily to maintain network stability.
  • Over a third of companies surveyed didn’t backup their network device configurations and 20% of those that are backing up, do so manually.

Sam Marsh, Product Manager at Opsview, comments “If a network device fails, over 30% of users won't have a copy of the configuration running on that network device and the 20% of the users backing their configuration up manually may not have the latest copy. This means any configuration changes will be lost and network administrators will have to quickly reconfigure and guess the configuration settings should the device need replacing. Safely storing network configurations and managing change events is a key benefit of Opsview’s recently launched Network Analyzer”.

Marsh continued: “It’s interesting to see that a growing number of users are beginning to make the switch over to SNMP v3, after its reported problems from inception. Almost 25% of users now report that v3 is in use in their environment, which is recognised by Opsview in our latest software releases. Companies with a focus on security and authentication in their monitoring, can be satisfied they have chosen the right monitoring solution with Opsview.”

About The Survey

Conducted in Q3 of 2013, the Opsview study looked at the use of network performance monitoring technologies and standards by I.T. teams around the world. With 257 respondents, the survey covered a number of areas of network performance including syslog monitoring, use of *Flow technologies and reasons behind choice of monitoring tools.

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About Opsview

Opsview is an IT systems management leader with hundreds of global enterprise customers, including blue-chip organizations such as BT, Blue Cross Blue Shield, BSkyB, Allianz, US Army, IBM, Irish Revenue and Yale University. Its flagship product, Opsview Enterprise was first released in 2009 and is in use in over 35,000 companies in 160 countries. 

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