Why IT Pros Must Know the Difference Between the Web and Internet

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Why IT Pros Must Know the Difference Between the Web and Internet

Think the Internet and the World Wide Web are the same? Not understanding the difference can have a huge impact on the health of your IT operations.

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Monitoring and Controlling the Internet Is a Must

Most companies monitor the Web, but not the Internet. Internet latencies and failures can cause significant revenue loss. This is increasingly important as more companies move applications and assets to the cloud, which they can only connect to through the Internet, not the Web.

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Companies Must Monitor the Internet, Not Just the Web, for Threats

Certain cyber-security threats, such as IP hijacking and redirects, happen on the Internet, not the Web. Last year, more than 500,000 domains were affected by unauthorized hijacks and redirects. Monitoring the Web is vital for data security, but a well-developed cyber-security plan needs to monitor the Internet for these types of attacks, including DDoS attacks that take place outside of your firewall. If you're not monitoring for attacks that affect your IP address, your Internet corporate identity is at risk.

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Understand How People Are Using the Web and How Internet Connectivity Is Performing

Delivering a service may be identical at the application layer in new markets, but the Internet connectivity may be completely different. It's essential to understand this and have visibility into Internet performance and Web access in various markets when making investments in content delivery networks (CDNs), cloud service providers and transit companies. There always should be Web and Internet data to back up such investments.

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Your Applications May Rely on Both the Web and the Internet

On the Web, applications can be made more robust by housing services on various servers. If one server or server cluster goes down, a backup server can take over. However, if a group of servers connect over the Internet through the same paths and those paths go down, a monitoring system must be in place to identify and mitigate that issue.

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Know How the Internet Is Performing to Understand Your Infrastructure's Performance

CDNs are extremely expensive, and without monitoring and control mechanisms, the inefficiencies are huge. Using tools to monitor CDN usage can allow you to use multiple CDNs and reduce costs significantly by properly managing those contracts. Additionally, organizations need a business continuity plan in place so they can continue operations if their CDNs are affected by significant performance degradations or service failures. The best way to set up such a plan is to monitor and understand the pathways in which these CDNs operate over the Internet.

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PRTG Network Monitor Unifies Management Tools on Single Platform

Network monitoring has to be one of the most thankless jobs in IT. After all, network monitoring can be a tedious, time-consuming process, using multiple management products often integrated poorly or not at all. That means network managers may not trust the data reports, alerts and action results they are getting. Paessler aims to change the negative perception of many of the currently available tools with PRTG Network Monitor 16, the latest version of the technology. PRTG promises to unify network monitoring into a single management platform that can execute automated actions based on administrator-defined policies. What's more, PRTG offers extensive support for all the common network discovery and traffic-reporting capabilities in use by most network devices today. The product also offers hundreds of sensors fine-tuned to work with popular network products to make sure no important information...
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