I live in a pretty congested area. For those in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. You know how difficult the DC beltway can be to navigate during peaks time. The Application Economy has created the same congestion on our world’s enterprise networks as more apps, workloads and services are provisioned to keep up with user demand.
Did you know that video will make up more than 80% of Internet traffic by 2020? It would take more than five million years to watch the amount of video that will traverse the internet by this time. IDC states that by 2025, there will be 80 billion IoT devices connected to the internet. That's a lot of traffic and devices competing for network bandwidth.
Vernon Turner, SVP of Enterprise Systems at IDC says “If you don’t have scalable networks, you won’t be able to connect. Our networks are going to have to be able to handle it."
To keep up, many organizations are looking to modern technologies like software-defined networking (SDN). In a recent survey 56% of IT organizations surveyed expect to transform their networks with SDN-based, flexible networking to connect diversified IT environments and facilitate new data flows. Modern network architectures like SDN are fundamental to the success of competing in the application economy.
But there is a problem. According to Shamus McGillicuddy from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), “The advent of cloud computing and software-defined data center architectures for modern application delivery has made networking more sensitive than ever before. Enterprises need monitoring tools that can fully support cloud, SDN and legacy environments without adding operational complexity.”
He continues by stating that “Approximately two-thirds of data center SDN Adopters say their network performance monitoring tools do not fully support SDN.”
Because very few enterprises will perform a wholesale rip-and-replace of existing infrastructure, SDN and legacy network technologies will coexist for years, which means that network infrastructure teams will be managing SDN and legacy networks simultaneously.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To prevent customers, employees and suppliers from getting stuck in a network traffic jam, organizations need proper assurance through modern network performance monitoring that guarantees their networks – local and wide area – have sufficient availability and elasticity to cope with fluctuating demand from today’s digital consumers.
A comprehensive and integrated network performance monitoring approach is essential because network operations teams tend to be less effective when they use a larger set of siloed network monitoring and troubleshooting tools.
With end-to-end visibility of legacy and modern network architectures along with the user experience, organizations can detect issues with poor device availability. They can prevent bottlenecks in network bandwidth. And they can keep the network highways flowing.
Jeremy Rossbach is Sr. Principal Product Marketing Manager at CA Technologies.
CA Technologies has launched a new network performance monitoring comic series featuring Kip and Gary to bring a little fun and laughter to the everyday challenges network operations teams face with traditional network performance monitoring along with implementing and managing modern network architectures like SDN.