Deep Dive: Best Practices for a Network Operations Center (NOC)

September 11, 2023

In today’s digital-driven landscape, the Network Operations Center (NOC) stands tall as the commander of a company’s online fleet. Properly managed, it can be the differentiator between a business that thrives and one that struggles. In our previous blog, we touched upon the fundamental best practices for running a NOC. If you missed it, check it out here. Now, let us dive deeper into these best practices, understand their significance, and explore real-world scenarios where they are applied.

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Best Practices, Scenarios and Strategies

24×7 Monitoring: 

The digital world never sleeps. Downtime can incur significant business losses, both financially and in terms of reputation. By ensuring round-the-clock monitoring, NOCs can promptly identify and address potential disruptions. 

A sample scenario can be the unexpected traffic spikes that a multinational company may experience due to an international event. With 24×7 monitoring as one of the game changing solutions, the NOC can swiftly scale resources to prevent server crashes. 

Maintaining a consistent quality of service round the clock is a challenge, but success can still be guaranteed through proper use of advanced monitoring tools and solutions that offer real-time insights, automated alerts, and predictive analytics. 

Regular Training and Skill Development: 

With the rapid evolution of technology, threats, and vulnerabilities, NOCs need to stay updated to address and preempt challenges. 

In situations like a new ransomware strain starts affecting businesses– a well-trained NOC team can swiftly identify the threat and implement countermeasures, safeguarding company assets. 

Training resources should be carefully set without affecting daily operations and a NOC can also utilize other training platforms to structure and implement continuous learning programs. 

Implement Tiered Support: 

Tiered support enhances efficiency, ensuring that issues are addressed at the appropriate expertise level. 

A routine password reset request can be quickly handled by a tier-1 technician, while complex network issues are escalated to specialized teams. 

Make sure to develop clear guidelines for categorizing issues and ensure seamless transitions between support tiers. This way, teams can avoid communication lapses and ensure customer satisfaction across all tiers. 

Clear Communication Channels: 

Efficient communication ensures faster resolution times and minimizes errors. 

During a major system update, the NOC needs to coordinate with several departments. Using platforms or tools, like Slack, Wrike or Microsoft Teams, ensures streamlined communication and timely updates. 

Avoid information silos by establishing protocols, investing in reliable communication tools, and training teams on how to effectively communicate. 


Proper documentation creates a knowledge base, facilitates training, aids in analytics, and enhances predictability. 

Say a previously encountered and documented network issue resurfaces, the team can promptly refer to the earlier resolution, ensuring swift troubleshooting. 

Use standardized, accessible, and comprehensible templates and documentation tools. Promote a culture where documentation is prioritized. 

Redefining NOC Standards with Mission Control

A well-functioning NOC is not just about having the right tools but also about adhering to best practices that ensure efficiency, agility, and reliability. 

At Mission Control, we bring over 20 years of experience in NOC and Helpdesk services tailored for MSPs. Trust in our expertise to guarantee that your clients receive unmatched support, and rest easy knowing that every best practice is not just recommended but rigorously upheld. Elevate your client support to unparalleled heights. Reach out today!