A Day to Remember
April 1, 2011 by

Industry Insights

Think back to February 3rd, 2011. For most of us, it was a day much like any other.   The headlines were full of news about an Egypt in turmoil as it struggled with its eventual march to Democracy, and there were massive demonstrations and violence in Yemen. One seemingly tiny bit of news that wasn’t
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A Video Conferencing Home Run
March 30, 2011 by

Performance Monitoring

As a pre-sales engineer, I see a lot of interesting network performance management scenarios while working with future customers on product trials.  I’ve seen everything from a managed switch that had a rogue 10-meg port to a problematic WiFi access point, located in the basement of a hospital! On a recent trial , I was
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If You Thought You Couldn’t Afford Netflow Analysis – Think Again
March 28, 2011 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Thanks to multiple snowballing trends like cloud computing, SaaS, virtual desktops, IP storage, mobility and Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C), more and more companies are delivering critical, network-dependent IT services to more and more remote users. The adoption of Cloud Computing has resulted in even the users at your corporate headquarters are now likely “remote”
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Rolling out a video conferencing system? Are you sure your network can handle it?
March 22, 2011 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

High-definition video conferencing from your computer or mobile device out to anyone, anywhere has arrived. While all tiers of the video conferencing and telepresence marketplace are experiencing strong growth, the biggest leaps are happening with low-cost, desktop- and browser-based “single-codec” systems.

Path Comparison for the Win!
March 18, 2011 by

Performance Monitoring

“Can you give me a use case where you created some value for a customer?” As a systems engineer at Apparent Networks, we get this question a lot. A few months ago, I was working with a managed service provider (MSP) attempting to provide virtualization as a service for a housing association with 6 locations.
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The Unified Communication Way or the Highway
March 16, 2011 by

Performance Monitoring

Particularly in technology, this consolidation can be witnessed in the jump in virtual desktops and virtual servers, both of which leverage resource sharing and economies of scale to save on space, power and ultimately, cost and complexity. At the same time, we are seeing more and more technologies standardize their protocols and use of network
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Why Every UC & C Strategy Should Include Remote Performance Management
March 15, 2011 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

The move to Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) is accelerating rapidly as technologies mature and early adopters reap competitive advantages like reduced costs, simplified IT infrastructure, better customer service and improved business performance. The growing availability of UC&C-as-a-service means that companies of all sizes are embracing the trend. UC&C encompasses the convergence of telephony, messaging,
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Bandwidth Info is Great…but What is Using my Capacity at the Remote Site?!
March 14, 2011 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Sound familiar? I know this is a question many of you ask yourself regularly, if not daily. There aren’t too many people that would debate the value provided by understanding flow data: the ability to get deep and near real-time insight into the applications and users that are consuming resources on your network.  Flow analysis
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New Feature: Tracelytics Page Guide
March 7, 2011 by

Company News

Web apps are always getting more complex and distributed, so it’s important that Tracelytics both lets you cut right to the heart of your data and is also dead-simple to use. We’re always pushing the envelope on consumable, insightful data with innovative visualizations, customizable interfaces and timely delivery of information, so it’s good to take a step back and
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Feeling busy? Check This Out
March 4, 2011 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

I speak with IT Outsourcers and Managed Service Providers every day, and I am always amazed at how busy they are, but I’m realizing that I shouldn’t be. According to AMR Research, 80% of companies are increasing or maintaining their current level of IT outsourcing in the current year. IT Outsourcing doesn’t just mean organizations
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