Network opacity and clarifying the muddy waters of hybrid IT

04 January 2018

Destiny Bertucci, ‘Head Geek’, SolarWinds

Destiny Bertucci, ‘Head Geek’, SolarWinds

The benefits of hybrid IT have been well documented – agility, scalability, greater potential for ROI, cost efficiency, just to name a few. However, many IT professionals find it difficult to adopt hybrid IT.

Hybrid IT is an entirely new way of managing an IT environment, requiring IT pros to handle applications and services across on-premises and cloud deployments. Perhaps the greatest barrier to consumption is the opacity that results from hybrid IT adoption.

Insight into the network is a vital tool to identify and address any issues that occur, from downtime to latency, and to ensure the needs of end-users are met. This insight is proving harder to achieve when some services are distributed in the cloud, and thus fall under the cloud service provider’s remit.

While some organisations may feel that these challenges are insurmountable, many others understand that the benefits hybrid IT represents make it worth persisting with. The key to realising these benefits is to gain single-pane-of-glass visibility across the network, which is only achievable with the right tools. 

Lack of availability or downtime can be catastrophic for a business and have a real impact on end-users, which is why gaining insight into the network is so important. This is widely understood in the IT community, and yet far too many tools are implemented that offer visibility, but no real insight. 

This is why professionals require a comprehensive monitoring and management tool – one that is as sophisticated as the network devices now permeating the enterprise. For those looking to address the challenges of hybrid IT and maintain clear network visibility, a single dashboard that visualises the critical functions of a network device can help resolve problems and mitigate threats faster than ever before.

IT pros should update their monitoring tool to one that can handle the complexity of modern technology and the ever-growing demands of organisations – a tool that can clarify network issues as well as the muddy waters of hybrid IT.