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Is your network management ready for the hyperconnectivity juggernaut?

Connectivity strength signal

As I noted in my last post, increases in both computing devices and IP traffic volumes put new demands on enterprise networks — and alters what’s required to manage those networks effectively. This juggernaut of hyperconnectivity is already underway:

  • By 2018, the average person will have five network-connected devices and networks will host four times more data traffic than they do now
  • By 2019, global per capita Internet traffic will stand at 37 gigabytes, up from 15.5 GB per capita last year

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Fast, cheap connectivity opens up network/application management options

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As 2013 begins, I notice plenty of commentary about mobile devices but less talk about the implications of mobility and other current events on business network and application monitoring and management requirements.

I see two key trends impacting network and application monitoring and management in the coming year: Fast, cheap connectivity and virtualization/cloud services. In this post, I’ll focus on the first of those — connectivity, which is most apparent in the current push toward (you guessed it) mobility.

Chicken or egg: Mobility ↔ connectivity
These days, your employees’ desktop functions are shifting to increasingly powerful mobile devices. At the same time, cloud services make the connectivity of those devices pretty much ubiquitous. So the value of much of your traditional infrastructure diminishes because it costs too much, is too complex, takes up too much space — and, too often, it doesn’t get the job done anymore.

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6 signs of network performance problems

In my experience, poor network performance can cause outages that cascade unpredictably through the business and cost you plenty. Are you experiencing any of these signs of trouble?

  1. Network-dependent applications have become sluggish — and your employees, customers, and suppliers are letting you know how unhappy they are.
  2. Network administrators struggle to isolate the cause of poor network performance.
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