The challenges of Cloud and Digital Transformation at ONUG Spring 2019
by Seth Differ Seth Differ on

Last week, the AppNeta team traveled down to Dallas for ONUG Spring 2019, where we met with other leaders in the enterprise networking space to discuss the challenges and solutions organizations face as they put connected technologies front-and-center.

The agenda for the event zeroed in on Digital Transformation in particular, which, as a concept, can be loaded. As we’ve discussed before on the blog, defining what Digital Transformation actually entails is variable, as different companies prioritize different tasks (and require different approaches) to measure success.

But one trend that all enterprises have to reckon with as they transform is the move to cloud; specifically, the challenges of building out a Hybrid or Multi-Cloud Infrastructures.

Seth Differ, Mike Mattei and Mark Riendeau representing AppNeta at the Onug Spring 2019.

This is a topic we’re more than familiar with as businesses across industries partner with us for their move to the cloud. It’s our belief that for any cloud migration or Digital Transformation initiative to succeed, active and passive monitoring is essential at all stages of the process. Baselining performance before a migration and measuring success after one is required is essential so that teams have their fingers on the pulse of the network at all times -- and can take immediate steps to resolve issues should that pulse start getting irregular. This includes leveraging network performance monitoring to:

  • Baseline business critical app performance prior to network overhaul
  • Using those baselines to help shape and form network policies
  • Validate policies are correctly deployed (and deliver expected results)
  • Optimize and improve as you modify the network and adopt new apps/workflows

Increased complexity as teams move to the cloud

While hybrid multi-cloud infrastructures are rapidly becoming the gold standard for Digital Transformation, the expertise required to successful deploy them is often beyond the reach of many organizations. In fact, many enterprises are still only just discovering that a cloud transition is even possible for their networks, let alone aware of all the work migration might entail.

The level of network, infrastructure, and application assurance required today is growing and essential for IT to own when considering the consumption of SaaS apps, the increasing scale of deployments, shifting architectures (e.g., SD-WAN), and emerging cloud dependencies. That’s why it’s critical for teams to take a 4-Dimensional approach to network performance monitoring that accounts for the essential data IT needs to take action: path data, packets, webs synthetics and flow data.

To help us drive the discussion, AppNeta actually has a seat on ONUG’s Monitoring & Analytics working group, where we’re working with other vendors to create a reference application that will help pair networking teams with the partners they need to effectively map out their digital transformation.

To learn more about AppNeta’s comprehensive approach to network performance monitoring -- and how we’re the perfect partner for any organization’s digital transformation -- download our whitepaper, “The Four Dimensions of Performance Monitoring.”

And if we didn’t catch you at ONUG, we’re planning on having a huge presence at Cisco Live 2019 in San Diego starting June 10. Be sure to book some time ahead of the event or stop by booth #3115 at the show to see AppNeta in action.

Filed Under: cloud computing, Industry Insights, Networking Technology

Tags: cloud , cloud computing , cloud migration , digital transformation , network performance , network performance monitoring , network performance monitoring and diagnostics , ONUG , ONUG Spring 2019