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April 01, 2015

The cloud monitoring market has been on fire in the early part of 2015, between acquisitions and a VC spending spree. The money is truly flying fast in Silicon Valley and beyond. But money isn’t everything, and while cloud monitoring has its place, it’s not a panacea ...

March 24, 2015

With the proliferation of composite applications for cloud and mobility, monitoring individual components of the application delivery chain is no longer an effective way to assure user experience. IT organizations must evolve toward a unified approach that promotes collaboration and efficiency to better align with corporate return on investment (ROI) and risk management objectives ...

March 19, 2015

While most companies believe virtualization technology is a strategic priority, there are still clear risks that need to be addressed, according to a new report by Ixia entitled The State of Virtualization for Visibility Architecture 2015 ...

March 18, 2015

As March Madness continues to be a digitally driven event with a large US following, IT knows the business network will be put under additional stress and employee productivity will decline amid the tournament frenzy and all-consuming bracket. This is especially true during the first two days of the tournament when early round games take place during peak work hours. To help better prepare organizations for the oncoming flurry, we've put together our own "Final Four" list of actions every IT team can take to ensure networks don't come down with the nets ...

March 17, 2015

March Madness is basketball ecstasy for college hoops fans. But it's network agony for the organizations and IT managers forced to deal with severe strains on the network and threats of poorly performing applications. Of course, ever-increasing cloud usage and bring your own device (BYOD) policies only heighten the challenge for IT. With a little bit of proactive planning and with the right performance management tools in place, IT Ops can accurately monitor, identify and address application and network performance issues before they can impact the business. Here are a few tips to make sure administrators stay sane during March Madness ...

March 16, 2015

The phrase "The customer is always right" is ubiquitous in the business and retail world and one that companies should extend as a matter of course to refer to their employees. For IT teams, they are usually known as the "end user". It is a company’s employees who keep it running and when a network problem gets in the way not only is the end-user frustrated and annoyed, but productivity can quickly be driven to a halt ...

February 18, 2015

For a successful application rollout, it is vital to assess the user experience appropriately and have an understanding of how the new app impacts your already deployed apps and infrastructure. This requires a great deal of preparation across various IT functions, from network to application teams. To put your team on the path to a successful rollout, take the time to consider the following points before the wide-scale launch ...

February 06, 2015

As network managers, engineers, and operators strive to protect the integrity and performance of enterprise networks, they are faced with an onslaught of data and metrics. They must wade quickly and carefully through this deluge in order to perform monitoring, troubleshooting, and planning. With recent trends moving technology toward software-defined and programmable infrastructure, as well as the parallel convergence of IT operations across multiple technology domains, network log data is being increasingly both used and appreciated. But proper and effective use of network log data is not without its challenges ...

February 04, 2015

IT is full of acronyms – so why should you care about Application-Aware Network Performance Management (AANPM)? Put simply, because it can save your organization time and money; help you manage your network, applications and services more effectively; and minimize downtime. The following are five reasons why AANPM matters in today’s enterprise networks ...

January 29, 2015

The Super Bowl may be the sports highlight of the year in the United States – an unofficial holiday of sorts – but it’s also big business for the advertising world. The average advertisement cost for the 2015 game is expected to be approximately $4 million per 30 second slot with more than 50 commercials set to air. While the game is the headline event, there is considerable attention paid to the advertisements that will run throughout. So what does this have to do with system administrators or your corporate network? A great deal more than you might think ...

January 26, 2015

eG Innovations released key predictions for the Application Performance Management industry in 2015 ...

January 23, 2015

Historically the network has been considered as a separate, well-defined entity, making it relatively straightforward to write tools to understand and analyze its performance. These fall into two categories: Network Management Systems (NMS) and packet capture and analysis tools ...

January 20, 2015

Application traffic flows have become less deterministic, and infrastructure architects can no longer rely solely on centralized appliances to provide necessary application delivery and security services. New deployment models are emerging to help enterprises with this transition, and Gartner predicts that by 2018, at least three consolidated network service offerings will emerge with feature sets that span application delivery, global traffic distribution, optimization and security functions ...

December 22, 2014

In its second annual “Happy Holidays?” survey, Ipswitch surveyed more than 200 IT professionals to gauge the impact of their job on the ability to enjoy the holiday season. To the surprise of no one, IT pros, yet again, are getting scrooged by some of the most common network issues or “grinches.” Taking a deeper dive into the data reveals ...

December 01, 2014

We are a society on the verge of something new – The Internet of Things. “IoT” is a growing concept that is being taken seriously by the IT industry. For me I see IoT changing the way society interacts with not just each other but with our everyday devices and appliances. The backbone of this potential new world is the internet or the network and understanding the connectivity and how applications and will perform on the growing number of devices and appliances can only gain in importance ...

November 24, 2014

According to an October 2014 Emulex survey of more than 1,600 US and European IT professionals who provided insight into their enterprise data center networking environments, 57 percent of respondents have adopted hyperscale networking environments. What are the ramifications of this?

November 13, 2014

APMdigest asked experts from across the APM industry for their opinions on how to best prepare for the challenges of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Holiday Shopping Season. The second set of six technologies presented here includes tools for network operations and development ...

November 10, 2014

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, online retailers need to start preparing for an increased volume of website visitors and transactions. And, with more and more people turning to the Internet each year to purchase their goods and services, e-tailers must brace themselves for the biggest avalanche yet of online holiday shoppers. Remember the Target, Kohl’s and Walmart website crashes of holiday seasons past? Based on those incidents, e-tailers know they must ensure that downtime, performance issues or denial-of-service attacks don’t impact their service on those initial major holiday shopping days, and well into the holiday season, as that could hurt their bottom line or their business reputation ...

November 05, 2014

There are a lot of apps being developed and hosted in the cloud, and those teams have a significant need to monitor and manage app performance. But what about the customers of those apps and services – IT and business operations teams that purchase and maintain portfolios of cloud apps for their organizations? They still support users who expect them to maintain high application service levels regardless of where the app runs. Unfortunately, most APM solutions on the market today aren't well suited to their needs. This is why many organizations who already have a myriad of systems management and monitoring tools are seeking alternatives able to help them manage their cloud-based apps. It's this gap – and emerging IT business operations customer base for APM – that will define the APM landscape in the years to come ...

October 24, 2014

Traditional network vulnerabilities are causing more business impacts than most realize, resulting in revenue and job loss, according to a survey commissioned by Avaya ...

October 20, 2014

Adopting an Application Performance Management (APM) strategy will help you manage the quality of the customer experience. The challenge is that APM has evolved into a mosaic of monitoring tools, analytic engines, and event processors that provide many solutions to different problem sets ...

October 02, 2014

Our connected world continues to transform into a mobile one. The network is a constant and fascinating companion, which grants us 24/7 access where communication is instant and takes place across an array of devices, unconstrained by physical barriers. As a result, the IT infrastructure is more critical than ever for business operations. Companies and organizations are calling upon a variety of technologies that are changing the face of today’s network — from mobile devices, to cloud services, to web-based applications ...

September 24, 2014

Through offering enterprises greater efficiency, connectedness and flexibility, Unified Communications (UC) software has become one of the most readily adopted technologies of the past five years. However, the allure of connectedness and high definition video-conferencing technology comes at the cost of huge strain on the business network, often to the extent that many networks are simply not equipped to deal with the demands ...

September 02, 2014

Doug Roberts, Director of Enterprise Products at Fluke Networks, discusses Application Aware Network Performance Management (AANPM), how it works and what benefits this solution delivers ...

August 29, 2014

Doug Roberts, Director of Enterprise Products at Fluke Networks, discusses Application Aware Network Performance Management (AANPM) and its relation to — and difference from — Application Performance Management (APM) and traditional Network Performance Management (NPM) ...

August 19, 2014

Significant changes in the structure and use of IT, including such seismic trends as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), virtualization and cloud computing, have introduced new challenges to IT administrators and staff. Added layers of complexity require new skill sets and knowledge bases as well as tools to effectively run a modern enterprise network. This raises a few questions about how IT teams are coping with the changes ...

August 15, 2014

“It must be the network!” Network administrators hear this phrase all too often when an application is slow, data transfer is not fast enough or VoIP calls drop. But it is not always the network that is to blame. The database, hardware and operating system are also common culprits. And a major cause of poor application performance can be the application itself. As a network administrator, though, try telling this to the application developer or systems administrator and you’ll find yourself engaged in an epic battle ...

August 11, 2014

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) released its newest EMA Radar Report titled EMA Radar for Enterprise Network Availability Monitoring System (ENAMS).

July 23, 2014

At the Interop conference in April 2014, Riverbed conducted a short survey to determine whether and how application performance problems might affect an organization’s business. 80% of respondents indicated that slow business-critical applications negatively affect business performance ...

July 14, 2014

The wireless landscape has changed dramatically in a very short period of time. Not only is there greater capacity demand, but wireless networks themselves have become infinitely more complex because of growing interconnectedness, new technology innovations, and shifting patterns of user activity. All of these factors mean that capacity planning models also have to change. There are more variables to monitor and more scenarios to consider. At the same time, the consequences of not being able to accurately predict bandwidth demand loom larger than ever. Capacity planning has to be a strategic priority, and capacity planning models have to reflect the new realities of network evolution in 2014 ...

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