Preparing Network Management for SDN and NFV


[Editor's note: This blog is sponsored by Infosim®, but the content is entirely my own] As enterprises advance from exploratory mode to actual deployment of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), they need to be thinking about how they will manage these new technologies. Over the last two years, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) [...]



By | February 16th, 2016|Network Management|0 Comments

Early Adopters Define SDN


Greg Ferro recently blogged about how attempts to define software-defined networking (SDN) are a waste of time. He wrote: You can’t define “Software Defined Network” because its not a thing. Its not a single thing or even a few things. Its combination of many things including intangibles. Stop trying to define it. Just deploy it. [emphasis mine] [...]



By | February 1st, 2016|Network Management, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Network Managers Should be Monitoring Servers


Editor's Note: This article was originally published by HelpSystems on February  2, 2016. Network monitoring is about more than just the network. The network management team needs visibility beyond switches and routers to ensure infrastructure health and performance. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) research has found that 25% of IT organizations experience server- and storage-related service outages [...]



By | January 29th, 2016|Network Management|0 Comments

The Benefits of Leveraging MSPs for Performance and Security Monitoring


[Author's Note: This post is sponsored by Edgeworx. The content is entirely mine.] One of the benefits of using a managed services provider (MSP) is the ability to add and subtract services as needed. MSPs typically have multiple areas of expertise that an IT organization can lean on. For instance, the organization could start by using the [...]



By | January 27th, 2016|Network Management|0 Comments

The Creeping Terror: Crowded Tool Belt a Headache for Network Managers


This blog post is sponsored by SevOne. However, the thoughts and ideas expressed here are entirely my own. How many management tools do you use to measure bandwidth utilization trends? How many tools do you use to correlate a bad interface on a switch with an application performance problem? If you answered “one” to either [...]



By | September 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Not just another app: Real-time UC applications require network assessment


[Author's Note: This post is sponsored by Edgeworx. The content is entirely mine.] Voice over IP (VoIP) and IP video have become commonplace in schools,  universities, enterprises and households, and many people view these technologies as just another application on the network. An enterprise architect might be tempted to assume that a high-performing, highly available network will [...]



By | September 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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


Editor's Note: This article was originally published by HelpSystems on September 8, 2015. 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, [...]



By | September 9th, 2015|Network Management|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|Network Management|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|Big Data, Network Management|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. [...]



By | June 12th, 2015|Big Data, Network Management, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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