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July 10, 2019

Monitoring of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) infrastructures has become a key concern over the last several years. Modern versions of these systems need continual monitoring to stay energy efficient and deliver satisfactory comfort to building occupants. This is because there are a large number of environmental sensors and motorized control systems within HVAC systems. Proper monitoring helps maintain a consistent temperature to reduce energy and maintenance costs for this type of infrastructure ...

June 24, 2019

The modern enterprise network is an entirely different beast today than the network environments IT and ops teams were tasked with managing just a few years ago. With the rise of SaaS, widespread cloud migration across industries and the trend of enterprise decentralization all playing a part, the challenges IT faces in adapting their management and monitoring techniques continue to mount ...

June 11, 2019

Given the incredible amount of traffic traversing corporate WANs, it's not surprising that businesses are seeing performance issues. If anything, it's amazing applications work as well as they do ...

June 10, 2019

Are your business applications sluggish? Choppy? Prone to getting hung up or crashing at the most inopportune times? If these symptoms sound familiar, you might be suffering from the heartache of … poor application performance. Stop me if any of this sounds familiar ...

June 05, 2019

As network transformation initiatives like SD-WAN, edge computing and public/private clouds are adopted at increasing rates, hybrid networks are quickly becoming the new normal for IT and NetOps professionals.Without visibility into these hybrid network environments, NetOps are unable to troubleshoot the business-critical applications every organization relies on today. Here are four ways IT and NetOps teams can gain better visibility into complex, hybrid networks ...

May 22, 2019

For application performance monitoring (APM), many in IT tend to focus a significant amount of their time on the tool that performs the analysis. Unfortunately for them, the battle is won or lost at the data access level. If you don’t have the right data, you can’t fix the problem correctly ...

May 15, 2019

When it comes to network visibility, there are a lot of discussions about packet broker technology and the various features these solutions provide to network architects and IT managers. Packet brokers allow organizations to aggregate the data required for a variety of monitoring solutions including network performance monitoring and diagnostic (NPMD) platforms and unified threat management (UTM) appliances. But, when it comes to ensuring these solutions provide the insights required by NetOps and security teams, IT can spend an exorbitant amount of time dealing with issues around adds, moves and changes. This can have a dramatic impact on budgets and tool availability. Why does this happen? ...

April 03, 2019

Though you may be forgiven for thinking that 5G is just another generation of communication technology, the truth is that it will usher in a world of difference in terms of performance and operations ...

March 26, 2019

APM is important regardless of what platform you run your applications on. However, cloud environments can be particularly difficult for two reasons. First, there is an attitude that everything is taken care of for you. While some functions are taken care of for you, other functions will be "add-ons" that you need to purchase and append to your cloud instance ...

March 20, 2019

Network performance issues come in all shapes and sizes, and can require vast amounts of time and resources to solve. Here are three examples of painful network performance issues you're likely to encounter this year, and how NPMD solutions can help you overcome them ...

March 18, 2019

Network Packet Brokers play a critical role in gaining visibility into new complex networks. They deliver the packet data and information IT and security teams need to identify problems, recognize security issues, and ensure overall network performance. However, not all Packet Brokers are created equal when it comes to scalability. Simply "scaling up" your network infrastructure at every growth point is a more complex and more expensive endeavor over time. Let's explore three ways the "scale up" approach to infrastructure growth impedes NetOps and security professionals (and the business as a whole) ...

March 06, 2019

IT teams have been grumbling about how much time they spend troubleshooting the network for years, but new research suggests that their complaints are more than just casual venting. In order to better understand the networking issues that modern IT teams face, LiveAction recently commissioned a survey of IT and network professionals at large enterprises ...

February 28, 2019

The education sector is undergoing significant change. National enrollment for higher education has declined. In one effort to respond to decreased admissions, many colleges and universities are focusing on a student-centered experience. However, implementing this new digital technology is not enough. Colleges and universities also need to ensure appropriate network and application performance for their remote distance learning feeds ...

February 19, 2019

This is a classic scenario which continues to plague Network, Application and IT leaderships teams. The toolsets tell a good story showing "green" yet the complaints keep coming. Lots of questions, very few answers ...

February 07, 2019

Having the right tools and good visibility are critical to understanding what's going on in your network and applications. However, as networks become more complex and hybrid in nature, organizations can no longer afford to be reactive and rely only on portable diagnostic tools. They need real-time, comprehensive visibility ...

February 06, 2019

When building out new services, SaaS providers need to keep in mind a set of best practices and "habits of success," which cover their organization's culture, relationships with third-party providers and customers, and overall strategic decisions and operational know-how. If you're a SaaS application provider, here are five considerations you need to keep in mind ...

February 01, 2019

An application on your network is running slow. Before you even understand what the problem is, the network is blamed for the issue. This puts network teams in a dangerous position — guilty until proven innocent. Even when network teams are sure an issue doesn't stem from a network problem, they are still forced to prove it, spending sometimes significant amounts of time going through troubleshooting processes, looking for a problem that doesn't exist ...

January 31, 2019

Tap and SPAN. It's the same thing, right? That answer would be wrong. Some network engineers may not know the difference, but there are definitely clear and distinct differences between these two types of devices. Understanding these differences will help you elevate your game when it comes to network performance monitoring and application performance monitoring ...

January 29, 2019

As networks incorporate new technologies like software-defined networking (SDN) and public and private clouds, network visibility becomes a significant challenge if IT doesn't have tools designed for a hybrid network environment. That lack of visibility can lead to major problems at network edge locations that frustrate users, reduce worker productivity and cost the business money. What are some of the visibility challenges facing these modern networks? ...

January 14, 2019

APMdigest invited industry experts to predict how Network Performance Management (NPM) and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2019 ...

November 02, 2018

APMdigest asked experts from across the IT industry for their opinions on what IT departments should be monitoring to ensure digital performance. Part 4 covers the infrastructure, including the cloud and the network ...

September 24, 2018

The financial industry is experiencing a massive wave of change over the last several years. Digital disruption has been truly disruptive to this industry. For instance, a mobile-centric world demands optimization of mobile applications and content delivery to provide the best possible customer experience. To this end, there are several ways to go about monitoring the network and its applications to collect the necessary performance data and deliver the requisite customer quality of experience ...

August 28, 2018

The hardest part of managing and resolving an incident on the network is that users or customers know about incidents before they do, according to 30.1% of survey respondents participating in The 2018 State of Network Management report from Kentik ...

August 20, 2018

You need insight to maximize performance — not inefficient troubleshooting, longer time to resolution, and an overall lack of application intelligence. Steps 5 through 10 will help you maximize the performance of your applications and underlying network infrastructure ...

August 17, 2018

As a Network Operations professional, you know how hard it is to ensure optimal network performance when you’re unsure of how end-user devices, application code, and infrastructure affect performance. Identifying your important applications and prioritizing their performance is more difficult than ever, especially when much of an organization’s web-based traffic appears the same to the network. You need insight to maximize performance — not inefficient troubleshooting, longer time to resolution, and an overall lack of application intelligence. But you can stay ahead. Follow these 10 steps to maximize the performance of your applications and underlying network infrastructure ...

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