Vendor Forum

May 28, 2014
Sridhar Iyengar

Almost half of IT professionals describe the current capability of their departments to do their jobs as "stretched" or "overstretched" according to a new survey by ManageEngine ...

May 23, 2014
Ennio Carboni

To get a clearer picture of what the future holds for the network, Ipswitch conducted a survey on the impact of bring your own device (BYOD) on college campuses. Based on the poll of higher education students, the enterprise had better be prepared or it could be in trouble a few years down the line ...

May 21, 2014
Mike Heumann

The complexity of modern enterprise networks is increasing due to data center consolidation, server virtualization/private cloud, compute layer virtualization, new application architectures, and the shift to dense 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) or higher network speeds, and these factors necessitate deeper levels of network visibility to aid in the management and troubleshooting of these networks, according to an Emulex study ...

May 16, 2014
Kevin McCartney

Here is a brief summary of the most common approaches to application recovery since the mid-1990s, along with an overview of the limitations we’ve run across most frequently ...

May 15, 2014
Brad Reinboldt
Network Instruments

It is no surprise that in this year's State of the Network annual survey of network professionals, Software-Defined Networks (SDN) was the prevailing topic. Yet in 2009, it wasn't even on the radar ...

May 14, 2014
Mike Marks

The Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) market is undergoing rapid change, in response to enterprises focusing on mobile to increase customer satisfaction and workforce productivity. Mobility programs like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) require the enterprise to develop policies that treat corporate mobile apps separately from the personal apps that employees run on their devices. In response, the lines have blurred between Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) vendors, as they evolve their product portfolios to provide more fine-grained control of mobile apps ...

May 13, 2014
Anand Akela

The customer-facing applications that we as consumers rely on every single day have grown very complex. APM software addresses these challenges in the complex, dynamic, and interconnected application environment. However, monitoring complex applications, business transactions and ensuring exceptional end user experience 24x7, generates a big pile of data ...

May 07, 2014
Eran Kinsbruner

The day has come where developers are required to create mobile applications guaranteed to work on multiple platforms. In the coming months, development and test teams will be facing a bigger mobile app testing challenge now that Windows Phone 8.1 will be making an appearance on all Windows devices within 30 days. Developers will now be required to ensure equally high quality experiences for iOS, Android and now Windows Phone ...

April 30, 2014
Mike Heumann

In February, the Supreme Court effectively killed “Net Neutrality” for most US households by ruling that cable companies, who are not “common carriers” within the scope of the FCC’s definition, do not have to provide equal treatment of all Internet traffic ...

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 ...