The Internet of Things will Drive Network Management Evolution


EMA research has determined that network managers will need to upgrade, expand, and adapt their network monitoring and management tools and practices if they are going to support the Internet of Things (IoT). EMA recently surveyed 100 IT professionals who are (a) directly involved in enterprise networks and (b) supporting their organizations' IoT initiatives. We published [...]



By | July 26th, 2017|Internet of Things, Network Management|0 Comments

How Network Infrastructure Teams Support the Internet of Things


[Editors Note: This blog post is sponsored by Infosim®, but the ideas expressed here are entirely my own] The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new phenomenon, at least not in practice. It describes a network of everyday objects (or “things”) that have sensors, controls, and network connectivity. While technology companies only recently coined [...]



By | September 21st, 2016|Network Management|0 Comments

Cisco DNA is Marchitecture, But Also a Shift Away From CLI


The industry has seen plenty of marchitectures from Cisco and its peers over the years. Its newest one, Digital Network Architecture (DNA), feels different, especially after I spent a week at Cisco Live 2016. DNA is different because underneath all the slideware and demos is an apparent commitment to changing the way enterprises do networking. [...]



By | July 14th, 2016|Network Management, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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
Load More Posts