Weekly Packet: IT Daydreams and Cloud Buzzkills
September 23, 2016 by

Industry Insights

We came across a new IT buzzword this week: immutable infrastructure. The concept is that infrastructure components get replaced wholesale—essentially a new build or deployment whenever a change or fix is needed. So, no patching needed! It’s a way to move toward easier infrastructure automation, and cloud computing can allow it room to really develop.
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New Home for TraceView
September 20, 2016 by

Company News

What happened with TraceView? On September 1st, 2016, SolarWinds acquired AppNeta’s TraceView product & technology along with the core development and support teams who joined SolarWinds as full-time employees. SolarWinds provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. The addition of
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Weekly Packet: IT Gets Busier, Downtime Gets Pricier
September 16, 2016 by

Industry Insights, Network Performance Management

Welcome to Friday, and may yours be pleasant and relaxed, even in light of this piece of news: IT may need to add User Awareness and Adoption as something to consider along with the rest of its big to-do list, according to a recent Nemertes Research webinar based on its research. The “UAA” acronym refers
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How the iOS 10 Update Engulfed Our Corporate WiFi
September 13, 2016 by

Company News, Industry Insights, Network Performance Management

The latest in mobile operating systems from Apple—iOS 10—hit virtual update shelves today. What it means for consumers is clear: new features as well as updated core apps like Maps and Messaging. What it means for wireless networks in your office is a different story. The Lowdown on the Update Weighing in at over 1GB,
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Weekly Packet: User Experience and Networks Both Need Schooling
September 9, 2016 by

Network Performance Management

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It’s back-to-school time, and we’re doing our homework on the latest in application and networking news. This week, we came across this really strong argument in favor of putting user experience at the top of enterprise and website priority lists. This Harvard Business Review piece explores the technical inefficiencies behind poor
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Firefighting at Scale
September 7, 2016 by

Application Performance Management, Industry Insights

As many of our customers have discovered, constant firefighting of performance issues is not a sustainable plan for growth. It’s a common predicament, though. In many data centers now, older legacy applications are running some business functions, while newer SaaS and web-based apps are running others. They’re on different networks, with entirely different architectures. But
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Weekly Packet: Let the Robots Do the Work
September 2, 2016 by

Industry Insights

It’s the Friday before Labor Day weekend in the U.S., which is a day to specifically not labor at all. But here’s a fun fact: Labor Day was created not as a day of rest for workers but actually as a day to honor the contributions workers have made to the well-being of the U.S.
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The Network Plays Catch-Up
August 30, 2016 by

Network Performance Management

A company’s network is its transportation system, essential to daily work getting done.  It’s gotten more complex through the years, but the underlying technology used to move packets of data from place to place hasn’t evolved much. In that time, though, applications have moved from on-premises data centers to hosting via the web, or delivered
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Weekly Packet: What’s Gonna Work? Teamwork!
August 26, 2016 by

Industry Insights

Happy Friday! Today we’re thinking about teamwork, after watching all those soccer players and relay teams kicking butt in the Olympics. I came across a recent IT trends survey, sponsored by Dell, that breaks out the views of IT decision makers vs. business decision makers. The survey results found that the two groups aren’t that
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Improve Mean Time to Happiness
August 23, 2016 by

Application Performance Management, Industry Insights

Modern IT metrics encompass a lot of measurements, from throughput and latency to capacity and error rates. In a complicated technology world, the question of which metrics to track has gotten more complicated too. It’s just one more challenge in a challenging IT environment. And businesses and their IT teams can’t spend all their time
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