A Truckload of Excitement for IT This Season
December 2, 2016 by

Industry Insights

In re:Invent 2016 news this week, Amazon Web Services announced Lightsail, its easy-to-deploy virtual private server service that hides all the underlying complexity from users. Did you think deploying cloud instances was easy already? Now it’s even easier and even more do-it-yourself, and at only $5, may make shadow IT purchases even more prevalent. We’ll
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Slow Business Apps: What’s the Worst That Can Happen?
November 30, 2016 by

Application Performance Management, Industry Insights, Performance Management Tech

The closer the relationship between an application and your revenue, the easier it is to measure the impact of poor performance. This is why, for example, researchers found that an e-commerce site experiences 7% lower conversion rates for just a 1-second delay in page responses. Companies often invest heavily in performance monitoring for their business-to-customer
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Cloud-Native Apps Will Rule the World
November 28, 2016 by

Network Performance Management

We’ve come across a lot of talk about “cloud-native” apps lately. (They even have their own foundation!) Developers build these apps specifically to run on a cloud-based infrastructure, with the kind of user interface we all expect from our apps now. Cloud-native applications are scalable, usable and flexible, usually packaged using containers. It’s a step further
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Quiz: Do You Know Your Network Acronyms?
November 22, 2016 by

Industry Insights, Network Performance Management

Acronyms rule the IT world, and the networking field is no exception to this. We’ve collected a few of the acronyms that we come across often in our performance monitoring world. Do you know what they all mean? If you tweet us or leave a comment with your score, our CMO promises to do a pushup
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Weekly Packet: Public Cloud, Big Data Rule the Roost
November 18, 2016 by

Industry Insights

Watch out for lock-in, and consider a cloud broker. These are some tips on using public cloud that came out of discussions with a group of reps from large enterprises who have been working with the Open Networking User Group. There are some concrete tips on negotiating pricing and ensuring security—all very useful advice now
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Take Cyber Monday Off Your List of IT Fears
November 16, 2016 by

Network Performance Management, Performance Management Tech

IT’s job today is to keep user productivity high by providing a good app experience and well-running networks. There are plenty of challenges that can get in the way: shadow IT bringing in mystery SaaS apps, capacity planning and DDoS and other attacks. Not long ago, an event like Cyber Monday might have thrown yet
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Weekly Packet: Cloudy with a Chance of Innovation
November 11, 2016 by

Industry Insights

Cloud adoption just keeps increasing, with more to come, according to this recent IDG cloud survey. They found that the average company has 45% of their IT environment in the cloud, and that by the end of 2017, the average company expects it’ll be closer to 59%. With all those numbers in hand and other
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How to Build a Business Case for SaaS
November 9, 2016 by

Performance Management Tech

SaaS has some great benefits, such as hands-off management, user self-service and reduced dependence on hardware. It also brings some business considerations that are different from the ones of the past, when IT was run very differently. For example, off-premises apps command monthly subscription fees rather than a multi-year investment. They’re run entirely off-site, cutting
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Weekly Packet:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find Out What It Means to IT
November 4, 2016 by

Industry Insights

This week brought a few great stories about IT gaining more respect as a critical part of business success. First, this Forbes story takes a detailed look at IT jobs and the cloud to delve into how IT’s role is becoming more clear. It’s a reminder that we’re moving past the initial “cloud will take
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Weekly Packet: Ghosts, Ghouls and Graveyards
October 28, 2016 by

Industry Insights

It’s Halloween weekend! Do you have any ghost issues in your IT infrastructure? Those are the ones that are hard or impossible to reproduce, and usually take the most time to find and fix. Performance monitoring will help you sweep those lurkers right out the door, so you won’t be scared to walk the data
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