Put Metrics Into the User’s Context to Make Them Meaningful
September 19, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Metrics are meaningless. Well, that’s not quite true. Raw metrics, when it comes to IT monitoring, are just numbers that don’t tell you anything. A number may seem high, but not result in any problem visible to end users. Another number may seem low, but not be as low as SLAs require. The only way
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Tame Your Mobile Traffic for iOS 11 and Beyond
September 18, 2017 by

Industry Insights, Networking Technology

Apple’s latest OS—iOS 11—launches tomorrow. With half to two-thirds of device users running iOS 10, reflecting the huge base of iPhone users, this is no small event for corporate networks. Users bring their devices to work as a matter of course, whether they use them a little or a lot for actual work. So while
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Why It Matters That Unified Communications Aren’t Actually Unified
September 13, 2017 by

Industry Insights, Performance Monitoring

Is it time yet to acknowledge that unified communications (UC) is more of a buzzword than a real business solution? We’ve been hearing about the promises of UC applications for upwards of 20 years—ever since messaging and real-time communication started coming together. But the real temptation of UC was that all of your communications needs—voice,
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Synthetic Monitoring, Using Scripting That’s Built for Humans
September 11, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Scripting a web browser to imitate a human (otherwise known as automated synthetic web transactions) is awesome. Seriously—it’s an amazingly flexible and useful tool. Web developers can script against an application for testing purposes. For those figuring out how to scale a web application, you can use scripts to bring massive amounts of load to
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The Road to Better Performance Is Paved With Networking Technology
September 8, 2017 by

Industry Insights, Networking Technology

We always like to hear the stories of those IT early adopters for a new technology. In this story, it’s several heads of IT who’ve adopted SD-WAN. For both, their companies needed a better way to provision and manage branch office infrastructure. For one, the Bay Club Company, using SD-WAN is actually helping IT drive
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7 Reasons AppNeta Is the Best Solution for Application and Network Monitoring
September 7, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Here’s a bold statement: AppNeta is simply the best solution for monitoring modern web applications and the networks that deliver them. The simple truth is that traditional monitoring tools aren’t designed to provide visibility into applications delivered via the WAN, whether they are internal or third-party SaaS apps. But AppNeta was designed from the ground
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Why Capacity Matters More Than You Think
September 5, 2017 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

There are plenty of varieties of network monitoring these days, and various ways it’s used. The reason for using it, however, is fairly singular: to see and improve end-user experience. Network monitoring can ensure that the network has been running well, is running well currently and will continue to run well in the future, regardless
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The SD-WAN Adoption Curve Brings IT Choice
September 1, 2017 by

Industry Insights, Networking Technology

The adoption curve for technology (what Gartner calls the Hype Cycle) is interesting to watch for various products. As SD-WAN matures, we start to see differentiation between products and types of deployment. This story has a useful breakdown of the SD-WAN choices IT teams can make, whether they install it on-premises only, in a cloud-enabled
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AppNeta Sees Into VMware on AWS and Everything in Between
August 31, 2017 by

Cloud Computing, Industry Insights

The partnership between VMware and AWS is good for both VMware and AWS—but it’s also good for IT. Any IT team managing a virtualized environment with VMware, which is a solid majority of IT teams, can move those virtual workloads to the AWS cloud without reengineering anything. Previously, VMware-heavy IT shops were locked into their
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How Big Data Causes Big Problems for the WAN

Industry Insights, Networking Technology

Who doesn’t love data these days? For business leaders, the more data you can collect, the better. Some might resist certain technologies in digital transformation, but it seems everyone can agree that big data analytics makes business life easier. Everyone except IT leaders, that is. While business leaders add ever-increasing data inputs with IoT sensors,
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