Vendor Forum

April 29, 2014
Tom Molfetto

It is not uncommon that we hear from a prospect some variation of “We already have a tool that does discovery.” However, as of yet, we haven’t run into a situation where this wound up being true ...

April 25, 2014
Kevin McCartney

Application (App) Hugger: Someone who is obsessed with application availability, particularly from the end user perspective — in the same manner that the “server hugger” focuses on infrastructure monitoring ...

April 21, 2014
Anand Akela

Tolerance for application downtime is decreasing, the cost of service slowdowns and interruptions is increasing, and the resources dedicated to manage the entire, complex, heterogeneous environment are flat at best if not shrinking. You don’t need a crystal ball to see that this is a recipe for disaster ...

April 18, 2014
Jay Botelho

Enterprises are relying more on their networks than ever before, but the volume of traffic on faster, higher bandwidth networks is outstripping the data collection and analysis capabilities of traditional network analysis tools. Yesterday's network analyzers can't handle the increased amount of traffic, resulting in dropped packets and erroneous reports. WildPackets surveyed network engineers and IT professionals to better understand how network forensics solutions were being used within the enterprise ...

April 15, 2014
Tom Molfetto

Helping data center personnel and enterprise IT professionals translate their data into information by isolating causal versus derived events is really relevant to businesses these days. In most of my explorations, I have discovered that organizations are using a best-of-breed approach to monitoring, in what has resulted in a sort of Balkanization of the data center ...

April 11, 2014
Ennio Carboni

During the past several weeks we’ve had some fun debating what our experts viewed as 16 of the most damaging, costly and basically annoying issues network administrators deal with on a daily basis. We were inspired to put this together based on the infamous “bracket” that everyone is obsessed with this time of year for the NCAA Basketball Championships ...

April 09, 2014
Aruna Ravichandran
CA Technologies

For IT organizations and businesses as a whole, there's tremendous pressure to deliver innovative mobile apps to market faster with a best-in-class user experience that boosts employee productivity or enhances customer engagement. The trickledown effect is this puts pressure on developers and architects to shorten application lifecycles in order to deliver these applications quicker ...

April 04, 2014
Mike Heumann

A lack of network visibility (i.e., ability to capture, record, search and visualize network traffic) negatively impacts the ability of IT staff to identify and resolve critical application performance issues, leading to substantial losses in business productivity and revenue, according to a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting ...

April 01, 2014
Praveen Manohar

A major chunk of communication in an organization happens via email and any downtime in email can impact productivity and revenue. This is why availability and performance of Microsoft Exchange is vital for an organization that uses it. Here are some issues that can affect your exchange server performance and the parameters that need to be monitored to avoid those issues ...

March 28, 2014
Brendan Reid

According to a recent survey of networking personnel from midsized enterprises and education institutions, 65% of respondents expressed that current WAN optimization solutions are not sufficient to handle the growing complexity presented by networks which increasingly span multiple devices, geographies and cloud infrastructures ...

March 27, 2014
Sridhar Iyengar

In Part 2 of this article series, we will look at the rising popularity of Application Performance Monitoring (APM), the resurgence of BSM, and how APM and BSM are converging to achieve the goal of IT and business alignment ...

March 26, 2014
David Hayward
CA Technologies

The world is full of paradoxes. To solve them, you have to look at the facts in a different, even nonconventional way. You have to step outside your bubble ...

March 25, 2014
Sridhar Iyengar

Interest in Business Service Management (BSM) is resurging as companies strive to make their IT departments more responsive to their business needs. Simultaneously, APM has also emerged stronger in the last few years to encompass a broader scope in IT management. This two-article series looks at the evolution of BSM and APM, the key drivers for both technologies, and how we're seeing them converge to fulfill the promise of aligning IT with business ...

March 24, 2014
Tom Fleck
OC Systems

Projects collect lots of metrics that they do not need. Here are some observations on why we collect too many metrics, and how we can avoid it ...

March 21, 2014
Paul Ellis
CA Technologies

A recent study conducted by CA Technologies, The Changing Role of IT and What to Do About It, provides both a wakeup call and some guidance for CIOs and IT leaders not wanting to follow the path of the dinosaur to extinction ...

March 18, 2014
Sai Sundhar

Are you sponsoring the NCAA basketball tournament in March? Well, maybe not directly. But you might be doing just that if your employees stream it on the company’s network through their desktops and, lately, their mobile devices as well. The result? Traffic spikes and strangled bandwidth. Here are eight things that IT teams can do to ensure that the network is well guarded and productivity remains untouched during March Madness ...

March 14, 2014
Ivar Sagemo
AIMS Innovation

Today's businesses are far more dependent on IT services than ever, and that's true whether you're talking about internal IT services used to drive strategic operations, or external IT services used to satisfy client and customer demand. Among the more daunting long-term potential consequences of downtime to the organization are these ...

March 12, 2014
Tom Molfetto

You've probably seen a couple of statistics that support of service-centric mapping: 80% of unplanned business service downtime is due to change, and that more than 50% of unplanned downtime is the result of human error ...

March 10, 2014
Oliver Cole
OC Systems

I have been in the performance engineering business for about 30 years. I get involved early on during system development and move off as the systems move to maintenance. I have noticed some similarities between the various projects that I have worked on ...

March 07, 2014
Patrick Hubbard

To remain relevant to business' overall goals, today's IT professionals must adopt new skillsets and be prepared to help their companies make informed, strategic business decisions, according to the New IT Survey conducted by SolarWinds ...