What is a Network Operations Center (NOC) & Its Responsibilities

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What is a Network Operations Center (NOC) & Its Responsibilities

Network Operations Center (NOC) & Its Responsibilities

“The presence of a NOC, whose sole purpose is to react to alerts, was a big selling point for us, and it really completed our managed services offering.” Bruce Campbell

Network Operations Center (NOC)

Network Operations Center, pronounced as Knock, is centralized location from where IT technicians can supervise, monitor and maintain a telecommunications network. The team keeps an eye on all monitored endpoints to maintain optimal network operations across various mediums, platforms and communications channels. It is the main point for network troubleshooting, software updating & distribution, performance monitoring and more.

Large network service providers are associated with NOCs, which facilitates a visual representation of networks being monitored. Television broadcast, Telecommunications and computer networks are controlled by network operations centers.

Typical duties of NOC Personnel

NOC technicians and engineers are responsible for monitoring netflow, server and endpoint attached. They also take care of providing timely response to all performance alerts, outages and incidents. They constantly research activities, amek adjustments and can marshal resources. Additional to this, there role include:

1. Application software installations, troubleshooting and updating

2. Backup and storage management

3. Email management services

4. Policy enforcement

5. Network discovery and assessments

6. Antivirus scanning and provide remediation

7. Video and voice traffic management

8. Report of performance and recommendations for improvements

9. Incident Response

10. Communications management

11. Reporting problems

Apart from all these, NOC personnel may perform extra duties as well like providing back end maintenance, problem resolution and support.

Internet of Things revolution in healthcare IT

IoT revolution in healthcare IT

IoT devices will become even greater targets of opportunity. They are attractive targets because they are always connected, pervasively installed in environments with people and valuable assets and poorly managed. ” – Benjamin Jun

There are many predictions about how the IoT is revolutionizing healthcare by lowering costs and improving quality. Today, wireless sensor-based systems are at work which gathers patient medical data that was not available for analysis. Here are some examples of how IoT is changing healthcare:

Clinical Care:

The patients who require close attention due to physiological status can be monitored by noninvasive monitoring. This type of solution uses sensors to gather physiological information and employs cloud and gateways to analyze and store the information. This data is sent to caregivers for analysis and review. All this replaces the process of having health professional coming at regular intervals of time to check the patient’s vital signs.

Remote monitoring:

Nowadays, powerful wireless solutions, which are connected through IoT, are making possible to monitor the health of patients. This solution is used to securely capture patient health data from various sensors, apply sophisticated algorithms to analyze the data, which is then shared via wireless connectivity with medical professionals.

Early Preventions:

Healthy people can benefit from IoT driven monitoring of their well-being. At the patient level, IoT-enabled wearables which allow doctors to capture health details that would be otherwise unknown.

These are just few examples of IoT-based healthcare, and many more are still emerging. IoT devices are improving the treatment in hospitals, particularly in emergency situations. Thus, Internet of Things play a crucial role in wide range of healthcare applications from managing chronic diseases to preventing diseases.

Data Integration with IoT

Data Integration with iot

Everything that will be automated will be automated. – Robert Cannon

What is IoT ? IoT is a concept which enables dumb devices such as car ignition systems, thermostats, etc. to communicate with other systems outside of those devices. These systems share information and gather information that the devices produce, which is then analyzed to take action. Suppose, motorbike shares and gathers data by using devices that are integrated into the core system of bike including fuel management, ignition and transmission. These devices store and produce data which helps to determine how well the bike is performing, examine forthcoming problems and take preventative actions.

This information is really helpful and can perform few actions. It can send direct message to the core systems of motorbike to proactively fix problems by using predirected processes. It’s handy to have this type of system in motorbike, instead of the day, you reacted to things when they failed.

Coming to the next term ‘Data intergration‘. The data integration issue is same like the integration issue that was tackled with in the old days. IoT devices share data in various formats by using different interfaces. The various instances such as planning for integration, shows how well the devices are in and how well they perform with data integration approach. Nowadays, device vendors deliver APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), those APIs are capable to be proprietary. Thus, there are various interfaces to communicate with IoT devices.

Thus, it’s advisable to assemble data integration strategy. Also, be sure to include IoT devices and how the use of IoT can enhance your efficiency. Because, it’s best time to get started with the IoT!

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