September 22, 2016

Network performance monitoring (NPM) has been around a long time. Unlike APM, NPM is still in the process of catching up to cloud realities. In May of this year, Gartner published a research note entitled Network Performance Monitoring Tools Leave Gaps in Cloud Monitoring. It's a fairly biting critique of the NPM space that says, essentially, that the vast majority of current NPM approaches were largely built for a pre-cloud era. As a result, network managers are left in the lurch when trying to adapt to the realities of digital operations ...

August 23, 2016

What is needed to create a next-generation network management tool? Nothing less than the development of a sophisticated network-aware orchestration engine that is able to detect any interdependencies, resolve them and deploy network policies automatically over the network ...

August 22, 2016

The challenge today for network operations (NetOps) is how to maintain and evolve the network while demand for network services continues to grow. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) promises to make the network more agile and adaptable. Various solutions exist, yet most are missing a layer to orchestrate new features and policies in a standardized, automated and replicable manner while providing sufficient customization to meet enterprise-level requirements ...

July 21, 2016

One of the most common problems network monitoring tools are employed to solve are problems with bandwidth. Availability is critical for IT departments of all sizes, and slow bandwidth creates productivity problems and even outages that have a real effect on businesses. Identifying the problems behind bandwidth drains can be difficult, so to help, I’ve put together a list of the five most common causes of sudden traffic spikes ...

July 12, 2016

By participating in identifying and implementing tools that fill employees needs while providing quality experiences, IT departments can support employee productivity rather than hinder it. At the same time, they’ll be able to more easily and securely govern the plethora of consumer applications inundating the enterprise. Here are examples of software characteristics and user experience best practices that can provide workers with efficient workflows yet also meet the functionality requirements of IT administrators ...

June 17, 2016

The demand for real-time collaboration has introduced new performance requirements for enterprise networks to deliver a great user experience. A recent study conducted by BT and InfoVista, Meeting the Network Demands of Changing Generations, found that 90 percent of today’s workforce is unsatisfied with the application performance on their employer’s network overall ...

June 15, 2016

Network communications are a top priority for DevOps teams working in support of modern globally-distributed systems and microservices. But basic network interface statistics like received and sent traffic aren't as useful as they once were because multiple microservices may share the same network interface. For meaningful analysis, you need to dig deeper and correlate network-traffic metrics with individual processes. This is however just the beginning ...

May 31, 2016

As if the traditional security vulnerabilities presented by modern technology weren’t challenging enough, the widespread adoption and use of IoT devices have ushered in more potential security traps and new performance challenges that were not concerns a few years ago. Maintaining network performance, reliability and connectivity while minimizing network latency is difficult for IoT devices. The number and nature of these devices, the amount of information they send over their networks, the number of connections and the 24x7x365 nature of their activities present unique challenges, including ...

May 03, 2016

APMdigest asked experts from across the industry – including consultants, analysts and the leading vendors – for recommendations on the best way to ensure application performance in the hybrid cloud. Part 2 covers BTM, NPM and ITOA ...

April 15, 2016

Enterprises are aggressively deploying hybrid cloud infrastructure today, and the majority of them are deploying new network performance management software to support it. Performance monitoring is a critical technology for enterprises that are deploying or operating hybrid clouds, according to the Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) network management megatrends research report, Network Management Megatrends 2016: Managing Networks in the Era of the Internet of Things, Hybrid Clouds and Advanced Network Analytics ...

March 03, 2016

Enterprise networks are as complicated as they have ever been. A host of factors are coming together that are creating previously unimaginable complexity, which in turn is the underlying cause of performance issues and cybersecurity flaws. Network administrators are bombarded with change at a rapid pace, with enterprise mobility, machine-to-machine traffic, virtualized infrastructure, encrypted traffic and more turning their infrastructure upside down. These trends put network performance and security at risk by creating blind spots ...

February 25, 2016

Gartner has published the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics.

February 25, 2016

Increasingly diverse demands from next generation technologies is changing the role of network professionals, according to the 2016 Network World State of the Network study by IDG’s Network World ...

February 09, 2016

SDN is not expected to truly catch on in 2016, according to some experts on APMdigest's 2016 predictions list, however a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast says: the worldwide software-defined networking (SDN) market — comprising physical network infrastructure, virtualization/control software, SDN applications (including network and security services), and professional services — will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 53.9% from 2014 to 2020 and will be worth nearly $12.5 billion in 2020 ...

February 04, 2016

It’s hard to define software-defined networking (SDN) as one thing, given that it is applied to so many different areas of networking: Data centers, enterprise campus, the WAN, radio access networks, etc. And each vendor that introduces an SDN product to the market is working from a definition that fits into its own strategy. But … what do those people who deploy SDN have to say? ...

February 01, 2016

ExtraHop expects to see the network emerge as a critical nexus of business over the next twelve months, with significant integration between network and security, demand for operational support of connected devices, and the ability to mine all data-in-motion for correlated, cross-tier and cross-team insights ...

January 15, 2016

According to Brocade, moving into 2016, more businesses are expected to leverage smart machines and transformative technologies to give them a clear competitive advantage. Brocade outlines the top transformative technology trends in networking to watch for in 2016 and beyond ...

January 14, 2016

New Year's resolutions aren't always the easiest to keep, but for IT workers, we have a few suggestions that will work wonders in 2016. Network and systems administrators do important work that keep businesses operating, yet are often overworked and overlooked. But this year, if they resolve to monitor their networks, they'll improve performance, productivity and perhaps even work a little less. Here are five easy ways IT can solve common problems with network monitoring in 2016 ...

December 21, 2015

Industry experts — from analysts and consultants to users and the top vendors — offer predictions on how APM and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2016. Part 4 covers networking and NPM (Network Performance Management) ...

December 10, 2015

The network is the unsung hero of any business; transporting information — actually, business value — to and from every resource, application, and employee, functioning quietly and invisibly in the background. Until there is a problem. The central network used to be the IT professional's primary concern. Now, remote and edge networks are a vital part of every organization. Savvy businesses monitor network performance and security all the way to the edge, giving them key insights on how to optimize business and improve operations. Let's look at 10 key insights worth monitoring from remote networks ...

November 05, 2015

Return on Investment is a tricky term. It is quite simple to take the total cost of software and amortize it over a period of time. But in the case of network monitoring, that analysis ignores what the software actually does. Put simply, network monitoring gives IT visibility and insight into their infrastructure, helping spot problems before they start, and ensuring uptime and availability. Calculating ROI for such software without acknowledging its impact would be akin to amortizing the cost of a sales enablement tool without considering if it increases sales. A more forward-looking approach that accounts for the software’s impact is necessary, but the analysis is not without its issues ...

October 29, 2015

All companies rely on having a fast and efficient network. Ensuring optimal network performance is no easy feat for IT teams that are tasked with keeping networks running efficiently and effectively around the clock. A new report from Ipswitch proved that this is a major concern for IT teams coping with increasing complexity – when asked what their top challenge would be in 2016, IT infrastructure and application performance monitoring was the second-leading response ...

September 10, 2015

The importance of mobile Internet performance for smartphone owners is increasing, with expectations at an all-time high, according to Vasona Network’s annual survey of smartphone owners ...

August 03, 2015

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has discovered that application performance data is extremely valuable when enterprises apply big data analytics to IT monitoring data, and it might be helping in the area where you least expect – Infrastructure capacity planning ...

July 24, 2015

Mobile apps are serious business, and mobile app performance is key. With this in mind, APMdigest asked industry experts – from analysts and consultants to the top vendors – to recommend the best ways to ensure mobile app performance. Part 4 of the list, the final installment, covers more production solutions such as NPM and ITOA ...

July 13, 2015

Your enterprise network — and all the applications running on it — is the foundation for how every single employee gets his or her work done. E-mail, VoIP, CRM, ERP and every other custom or off-the-shelf application runs on your network. In order to provide these applications to end-users, more enterprises are adopting a hybrid enterprise model that incorporates a mix of on-premises and cloud-hosted apps, and of networks comprised of private, public Internet infrastructure. This makes monitoring applications and network performance a lot more challenging, more time-consuming and therefore costlier for IT. A key question you must ask yourself when determining whether you have the necessary visibility into your network and all the applications running on it: Do I know what I need to monitor? ...

July 06, 2015

For more than half of Federal IT decision makers, it takes a day or more to detect and fix application performances. That is why there is a federal network visibility crisis. Poor application performance directly impacts federal agency productivity and the costs associated with network outages can be staggering. Today the average cost of an enterprise application failure per hour is $500,000 to $1 million ...

June 08, 2015

Remote monitoring and automated management reduce the time to troubleshoot faulty networking devices by 75%, according to Dimension Data’s annual Network Barometer Report ...

April 16, 2015

True Application Performance Monitoring cross-cuts many IT tiers: network infrastructure, physical and virtual infrastructure, databases, mobile devices, etc. An ideal Application Performance Monitoring solution provides visibility over any infrastructure, for any app and any audience ...

April 14, 2015

Part 2 of this series identifies some of the hang ups of adopting Fault Domain Isolation (FDI), as well as best practices ...

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