network monitoring

Joining the dots

17 July 2018

When asked exactly what should be monitored on the network, many specialist vendors say the answer is simple: everything. For example, ExtraHop claims its platform uses real-time analytics to auto discover and classify every asset in the enterprise, map all connections and dependencies, and monitor traffic flow at up to 100Gbps.

When asked exactly what should be monitored on the network, many specialist vendors say the answer is simple: everything. For example, ExtraHop claims its platform uses real-time analytics to auto discover and classify every asset in the enterprise, map all connections and dependencies, and monitor traffic flow at up to 100Gbps.

When it comes to network visibility, a good monitoring platform should start with the needle and not the haystack, according to one specialist firm we spoke to. RAHIEL NASIR finds out more.

Many network managers have a lot more than usual on their plates at present. 

As well trying to lasso networks that seem to be carrying a non-stop supply of traffic fed by an ever-growing number of devices(both authorised and unauthorised), there’s the never-ending quest to keep on top of security issues, facilitating ongoing digital transformations as well as other projects, and all while dealing with day-to-day issues and trying to please the taskmasters.



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SD-WAN

Looking for the promised WAN

21 June 2018

Many IT managers are said to currently have very little control and visibility over their networks or applications – that’s where SD-WAN comes in.

Many IT managers are said to currently have very little control and visibility over their networks or applications – that’s where SD-WAN comes in.

SD-WAN has been described as the biggest trend in enterprise networking today. So should you now migrate and, if so, what do you need to look for? RAHIEL NASIR seeks expert advice from some of the biggest names in the SD-WAN field. 

When asked what makes SD-WAN so special, two words repeatedly come up: visibility and agility.

Many companies that have traditionally specialised in WAN optimisation technologies are now currently in the SD-WAN vanguard – Riverbed Technology is one of the key players here. 

It believes SD-WAN represents the new generation of intent-based networking, giving the modern enterprise an agile platform that can be adapted quickly to business requirements. 

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storage

In the dark about data storage?

01 May 2018

Expert vendors such as Micron say there is an ongoing challenge in optimising solution architectures due to the fact that more options are now available for compute, storage and networking. PHOTO: MICRON

Expert vendors such as Micron say there is an ongoing challenge in optimising solution architectures due to the fact that more options are now available for compute, storage and networking. PHOTO: MICRON

 

Flash. On-premise. Cloud. Hybrid. With a variety of different storage options now available, JAMES HAYES helps enterprise and data centre managers see the light when it comes to making the right choice.

Data centre veterans will recall the days when the specification of data storage provision was a relatively straightforward task.

This was the era when storage repositories simply had to soak-up (or back-up) enterprise data on a relatively limited range of device formats.

Back then, RAID promised to meet all their data storage needs for the foreseeable future, and ‘silo’ had yet to become a dirty word in the IT lexicon.

 

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