The advantages of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) versus on-premise deployments are well known. Among the most notable from an IT perspective are:
- Remote, hassle free upgrades and maintenance, shorter deployment time and no configurations (minutes vs. months for a phased implementation)
- Cost savings in infrastructure and human resource requirements
- Reduced business risk due to lower upfront costs and faster implementation
But even beyond these awesome benefits of cloud computing, there are three specific reasons why a cloud-delivered network performance management solution yields greater return on investment and shorter time-to-value than competing alternatives:
1. Anytime/anywhere, uncompromised access to performance data via any device
SaaS offers one benefit that could outweigh all others when it comes to meeting the challenges of managing today’s mega distributed networks: global accessibility. Because they are cloud-based, SaaS applications are ubiquitously available via the Internet – natively, just like at the office, on any device that can run on a web browser.
That’s great for executives who need the flexibility to work from mobile devices while on the move. And, it’s great for IT teams who need access to performance data from the perspective of a remote site end user. Cloud-delivered network and application performance is becoming more and more critical for network engineers who need to monitor and troubleshoot the performance of today’s sprawling WANs, serving ever-more remote users in fast-growing numbers of remote offices.
2. Centralized management
Centralization of IT resources away from remote sites is a driver for both cost and efficiency, making it one of the key trends in the modern datacenter. A network performance management solution needs to be fully functional in the central datacenter where the applications are hosted as well as monitor the performance of those applications from the perspective of the remote sites.
Today’s network engineers want to manage the network from a central console – and take that console with them wherever they go! What could be better than to enjoy complete network visibility across all the network paths, both within and beyond your network, on your iPad?!
A cloud-based network performance management solution can deliver that experience seamlessly, with no extra costs or resource requirements. You can immediately start to save valuable time and stop running around chasing down performance problems!
3: Cost-effective, on-demand scalability
The costs and challenges of managing the performance of distributed networks become prohibitive with traditional technologies that don’t scale up to meet today’s business requirements. Today, networks infrastructures are being developed rapidly to handle volumes of data that never existed years ago when the networks were designed a few years ago. And while capacity and performance are business-critical, cost considerations are often paramount.
In a global business environment where tight budgets and multi-tasking IT administrators are the norm, network management tools that require installation, upgrades, configuration or expensive hardware don’t fit the bill. What defines scalability in a network performance management solution is instant deployment and minimal administration going forward – no matter how big the rollout gets. A cloud-based service is ideal for delivering those benefits.
PathView Cloud from AppNeta is the leading cloud-based network performance management solution. Delivering end-to-end visibility, on-demand scalability and seamless manageability with a zero administration, cost-effective SaaS model, PathView Cloud meets the network performance management needs of organizations from global enterprises to SMBs.
For more information or to sign up for a free trial, visit www.appneta.com.