Optimizing the Business With Network Analytics


Some network operations teams are discovering that they possess a critical asset that can transform enterprises: network data. As businesses become more digitized, networks are emerging as an ultimate source of operational insight. Finance, healthcare, and retail are just some examples of industries where nearly everything critical to a business crosses the wire. Packets and flows can reveal [...]



ExtraHop Addy applies cloud-based machine learning to network data


IT analytics vendor ExtraHop unveiled a cloud-based service that applies machine learning heuristics to the metadata that its appliances generate from packet stream analysis. The service should give users better visibility into IT service problems and security threats. ExtraHop’s core solution is a series of appliances that specialize in real-time interpretation of packet flows with [...]



The Open Networking Foundation’s New Direction: We Live in a Post-OpenFlow World


The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) recently unveiled plans to redefine itself for the post-hype phase of software-defined networking (SDN). I welcome the ONF’s reset and believe it bodes well for the industry’s future. When OpenFlow Was King The ONF was born six years ago as a nonprofit consortium charged with the standardization and certification of OpenFlow, [...]



Redefining the Branch Office With SD-WAN


Editor’s Note: This blog post is sponsored by Citrix. The ideas and analysis are entirely the authors own. The days of homogeneous branch offices connected to a one-size-fits-all wide-area network (WAN) are over. Enterprises are redefining their branches, and this transformation requires a new approach to the WAN. EMA believes that software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions [...]



Cisco introduces “Digital Building” Catalyst switches for IoT


Cisco recently announced a new series of Catalyst “Digital Building” switches. These Catalyst switches are designed for connecting and powering Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems in smart buildings and other related environments. For example, one design innovation is the use of a separate power plate for Power over Ethernet (PoE), so even when an administrator reboots [...]



Juniper founder steps away to run new startup Fungible: What is Fungible?


What is Fungible, Inc., the new startup created by Juniper Networks’ founder Pradeep Sindhu, working on? Juniper announced this week that Sindhu, its founder and CTO, will be taking a reduced, advisory role at the company and surrender his seat on the board of directors so he can devote more time to his Fungible, a [...]



Why It’s Never Too Soon to Think about IPv6 Network Management


Most network managers are still many years away from turning on Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in their enterprise local area networks (LANs). Private non-routable IPv4 address ranges can happily exist behind a network address translation (NAT) gateway for the foreseeable future. However, things could change. At any time, someone above your pay grade might [...]



By | September 9th, 2015|Featured, IT Management, Shamus McGillicuddy|0 Comments

Know when it’s time to replace open source and freeware infrastructure management tools


Many small and midsized IT organizations rely on a mix of freeware and open source software to manage their infrastructure. These free tools can be effective and economical choices for smaller networks. But how do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a commercial product? Scale is one of the first indicators that you [...]



By | August 28th, 2015|Featured, IT Management, Shamus McGillicuddy|0 Comments

InterMapper Application for Splunk Answers Need for Log Analytics in Network Management


You may not have noticed, but log analytics has become table stakes for network management toolsets. Last year, Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) surveyed network managers about the data sources that have become important to engineering and operations tasks. Log files consistently scored higher than anything else, including flow data, packet analysis, and SNMP metrics. Fifty-nine [...]



By | August 28th, 2015|Featured, IT Management, Shamus McGillicuddy|0 Comments

Cisco’s Big Data Analytics Vision: Some Data Will Be Distributed Forever


Champions of big data analytics extoll the virtues of massive data stores. Enterprises have so much unstructured data that could help them improve operations and generate new revenue, they say. The more bytes, the better. Some might assume that enterprises will simply push every byte they can find into a Hadoop cluster or data warehouse. [...]



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