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

Open network management is the focus on spring ONUG meeting


The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) is a community of IT executives that are using their combined buying power to influence the networking industry. Members hail from companies such as Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Fidelity Investments. ONUG’s goal is to specify requirements and reference architectures for products that are open, more affordable and [...]



By | May 21st, 2015|Network Management|0 Comments

SDN and Network Management at ONUG


As an analyst who focuses on network management research, I am particularly intrigued by software-defined networking (SDN). As SDN architectures are deployed in data centers, local area networks and WANs, network management practices will have to evolve. For instance, SDN may make it easier for cloud administrators to provision network services and connectivity for a [...]



By | May 8th, 2015|Network Management|0 Comments

Docker acquires SocketPlane for multi-host container networking


Docker Inc. acquired networking startup SocketPlane today, indicating that Docker wants to accelerate the development of networking APIs and software that will help network managers operationalize production Linux containers. Docker is a suite of open source software that helps developers and admins manage and scale their use of Linux containers. Containers offer the same resource [...]



By | March 4th, 2015|Mergers & Acquisitions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A new analyst on the block


Hello world. I am the new senior analyst for the network management research practice at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).  My name may be familiar to some of you. Prior to 2015, I led the news team for TechTarget's networking and telecommunications publications for seven years. Now I'm making the transition from journalist to analyst. The [...]



By | February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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