Achieving the Value of Cloud Services: Guest Post from Analyst Jim Metzler
April 29, 2011 by

Industry Insights

One of my concerns about the use of public cloud computing services is the tradeoff that IT organizations typically have had to make. On the positive side of the tradeoff, by using a public cloud service companies lower their cost and gain access to functionality that they normally would not have access to. Those are both
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What’s in a Name? Instant-Value Network Performance Management
April 27, 2011 by

Company News

Today marks the launch of AppNeta. Born of the best of the technology and team of Apparent Networks, AppNeta has a bold vision to bring the benefits of cloud-computing to the world of performance management. The transformation to AppNeta started in concept nearly two years ago, gained its first traction with the launch of PathView
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The Myths Of Bandwidth
April 19, 2011 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Santa Claus.  The Easter Bunny.  Good tasting, fat-free snack foods.  Myths?  Maybe so. But one absolute myth that is 100% untrue, and that 99% of the vendors of network performance solutions have been perpetrating for years (and whose users have been gobbling up like zero calorie french fries…) is the myth of bandwidth; more specifically,
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Want to Know Who’s Streaming Netflix on Your Network?
April 14, 2011 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Listening to the radio at work used to be just about keeping the volume down. But with the skyrocketing popularity of Pandora, Vevo.com, Shoutcast, SoundCloud and other Internet radio services, the issue has become one of exhausting scarce bandwidth on overtaxed corporate networks. Employees are accustomed to enjoying Internet radio services at home, and many
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How to Solve the Network Performance Challenges of Remote Offices
April 5, 2011 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Telecommuting in all its forms has been on the rise for years. Today the trend is accelerating dramatically as affordable, cloud-based technology, rising gas prices, and pressure to reduce facilities’ operating costs all converge to make telework more attractive for all—and the enterprise more distributed than ever. Whether they’re checking email on their iPhones or
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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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