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No it is not necessary for a full network assessment on all of your projects. 2 situations that would call for an assessment includes:
1. When embarking on a network refresh, then a network assessment will help in terms of optimizing cost and network efficiency for an optimal total cost of ownership (TCO) of your network infrastructure.
2. when there are constant network breakdowns and failures related to design issues which could cause you to spend more on maintaining your infrastructure.
Network management system (NMS) tools are necessary for a complex environment setting and less important for small scale network upgrade.
NMS are most useful for immediate notification of system problems via automated alerts that are established via threshold settings.
In essence NMS is used for
Each of these fundamental areas addresses specific elements ranging from identification of new devices added to the network via auto-discovery, topological mapping of the network infrastructure linked to the auto-discovery capabilities, fault isolation and grouping for advanced troubleshooting, through to network analysis for real-time performance metrics and asset inventory and management.
Your options would include:
1. In-house. You can hire trained support resources to manage and maintain the infrastructure on a daily basis. This takes a bit of planning as there are several skill sets that needs to be addressed, such as network administrator(s), systems administrator(s), database administrator(s), security administrator(s), application developer(s), end-user support administrator(s), IT manager/director, desktop administrator(s) and document management administrator(s).
2. Outsource the infrastructure management to a capable third-party service provider and all of the above functions would be provided for.
Several situations merit a network refresh. These include:
1. when there is a merger and acquisition of a business,
2. when a department expands significantly,
3. when the existing technology infrastructure becomes obsolete and is no longer supported by the vendor,
4. when the business changes its core technology vendor/supplier and
5. when a technology provider gets acquired by another vendor or goes out of business.