NPM

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 ...

April 13, 2015

For many organizations, the task of quickly identifying root cause has become paramount to meeting Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and preventing customer churn. Yet, according to the Emulex Visibility Study, 79 percent of organizations have had events attributed to the wrong IT group, adding confusion and delays to the resolution of these issues.This two-part series will explain a more fact-based, packet-analysis driven approach to Fault Domain Isolation (FDI), which is helping organizations troubleshoot and resolve network and application performance incidents ...

April 10, 2015

Speedier network pipes that carry more information faster than ever before can be a windfall for enterprises looking to derive more business value from their underlying infrastructure. But there's a nefarious lining in there – when things speed up, they can get harder to manage. Packets carrying crucial application information and content whizzing by in a blur can pose real visibility challenges IT pros haven't encountered before. Network and application performance management is undergoing sweeping changes thanks to not only faster networks but also migration to the cloud. And the implication for application and performance management are huge. For the Network Instruments State of the Network Global Study 2015, we recently surveyed more than 300 CIOs, IT directors and network engineers, to get their take on how the migration to higher capacity and faster networks has affected their day-to-day duties monitoring application performance. What we found is ...

April 09, 2015

Business networks today seemingly have more intense loads placed on them every day. And nowhere is this more evident this time of year than the annual March Madness NCAA basketball tournament. What was once a small-screen, low-resolution video is now available in full HD, potentially taxing network resources. With employees from all over the organization wanting to stream the games online, organizations run the risk of their business-critical applications suffering in performance. To determine corporate attitudes toward the situation, Riverbed surveyed employees about who in their organization will be streaming games and what their policies are toward the situation. The survey uncovered that employees of different age and seniority level had varied attitudes about this use of company resources ...

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 ...

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