Taking the Right Steps to Build a High-Performance Network

Taking the Right Steps to Build a High-Performance Network

Building a network that ensures high performance and reliability is more important than ever for modern businesses. Today’s users have very low tolerance for poor performance, and they expect their business applications and services to run as well as the consumer services they use in their everyday life. Combine these expectations with an increasingly complex IT infrastructure, and companies that are more distributed across locations than ever before, and you have a tough environment for managing network performance. For example, 43% of businesses have seen an increase in Total Cost of Ownership for networking solutions over last year, and 51% of companies expect to see an increase in their network performance budget in the next year. But these challenges aren’t insurmountable. Aberdeen Group research has shown that successful organizations are able to break through these barriers and build network infrastructures that are reliable, responsive, and high-performing. They do this by breaking away from the limited tools of the past, and embracing technologies that give them deep visibility into their network and applications, and the ability to quickly detect and respond to potential problems. With these technologies, leaders are building their way to the next generation of network and application infrastructures. To be a leader in network and application performance: Understand your network infrastructure. Best-in-Class businesses know where their network is succeeding and where it is coming up short. Respond quickly. The longer a performance problem lasts, the bigger its impact on user satisfaction and a company’s bottom line. Get deep visibility, monitoring, and reporting. And finally, prepare for disruptions. Applications today are more dynamic and use more cutting-edge technology. Being...
Stat of the Week: Top Networking Barriers to App Testing

Stat of the Week: Top Networking Barriers to App Testing

In a recent TechPro Essentials chat with mobile software tester and frequent industry presenter Daniel Knott, it was mentioned that “users expect an app to start or load within two seconds. Otherwise? They will remove it.” It’s fair to say mobile users are pretty unforgiving, and won’t tolerate a less-than-flawless experience that’s been tested — and tested well. But how the heck can you be sure your apps are actually going to work in the wild, especially if they can’t get out of the lab because of compromised, shoddy testing? In this new Stat of the Week, we zero in on the biggest network-focused challenges affecting app testing organizations today. Be sure to also check out our previous Stats of the...
Defining True Hyperconvergence

Defining True Hyperconvergence

Hyperconverged infrastructure is a data center architecture that embraces cloud principles and economics. Within a true hyperconverged infrastructure, the operational headaches associated with the rigidity of server, storage and datacenter appliance islands are eliminated. That, combined with ease of scale and increased data efficiency, creates performance rates and capacity savings that until now were impossible. These are just some of the perks associated with hyperconvergence, but with so many different definitions of the term, it is difficult to determine what true hyperconvergence is. Guest article by Jesse St. Laurent, VP of Product Strategy, SimpliVity To gain a better understanding, let’s walk through the key components. Single Vendor Software Solution – a truly hyperconverged infrastructure’s software is developed, delivered and supported by a single vendor to streamline acquisition, deployment, management and support. At the same time, it reduces complexity, interoperability issues and operating expenses (OpEx). Single Shared Pool of x86 Resources – a hyperconverged infrastructure consists of a single pool of shared x86 resources that seamlessly combine all IT/services “below the hypervisor” to process data once and manage it with a single policy engine versus simply running traditional appliances as virtual appliances on the same platform. This also eliminates CPU and memory resource islands and the need for discrete components, such as data replication appliances, backup to disk appliances, cloud gateways and backup software, and reduces costs to enable “cloud economics.” Ease of Scale – in the context of a single resource pool, a hyperconverged environment easily scales by adding x86 building blocks to provide elasticity to meet changing business demands. The collective pool can expand and contract by taking a...
Are You Ready for the Next Wave in Networking?

Are You Ready for the Next Wave in Networking?

When it comes to the networks that all of our businesses rely on to connect our applications, infrastructure and people, we are currently in the biggest time of change and innovation that enterprise networks have ever seen. From SDN, to cloud computing, to mobile first infrastructures to big data to the Internet of Things, new trends and technologies are completely altering what a network is, how it is deployed and managed, and how organizations get the most out of them. But while these exciting new technologies are bringing lots of opportunities and new capabilities, they are also making the job of managing and monitoring networks much harder, especially for businesses that are still stuck with older tools and processes. In this dynamic and transformative time of change, organizations that want to be leaders in networking and information technology need to take the right steps to prepare for the next generation of enterprise networks. To find out more about how organizations are preparing for these network transformations, read my report Catching the Next Networking...
Don’t Let the Super Bowl Sack Your Network

Don’t Let the Super Bowl Sack Your Network

In the course of the year, there are dates that network admins circle on their calendar as potential danger points; Cyber Monday, March Madness, the Olympics and other live events that occur during the workday. These admins understand that on these days, they’ll need to be ready for increased traffic and demand on their networks and will have to work to ensure that this traffic doesn’t impact vital business applications and services. But there’s one major event that they may be forgetting to add to the list, namely the Super Bowl, and those that forget may find their networks facing a full on blitz next week. I know what you’re thinking “How can the Super Bowl affect network traffic? It happens on a Sunday night.” But the problem isn’t traffic from the game, it’s all the follow-up traffic that it generates. You see this every year. Starting on Monday morning, workers will be sharing clips of the funniest commercials that debuted during the big game. And of course there will be video clips of key plays and moments from the game. Also, let’s not forget the halftime show. If Katy Perry has any kind of wardrobe malfunction on Sunday night, a flood of Internet traffic is sure to follow. So yes, IT and network administrators need to make sure that their networks are ready for Monday, and possibly most of next week as well. Just as one would prepare for Cyber Monday, you need to be sure your network and Internet connection can handle extra traffic, or be prepared to limit the consequences of unwanted recreational traffic. Smart organizations...
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