YAO (Yet Another Optimization)

Sure – you’ve heard of WAN optimization, server optimization, and even storage optimization, but the need for optimization also applies to your management technology -- especially packet-based network, application, and security...

Riverbed Meanders Into User Experience Monitoring

This week Riverbed announced the latest release of their Cascade performance management solution. Version 8.4 marks one of the most significant expansions in functionality since Riverbed acquired Mazu Networks and launched the...

Silver Linings to HP/Microsoft Cloud?

HP and Microsoft made an announcement last week about their intention to work closely together to advance technological integrations between them, addressing the needs of the industry for mature Cloud solutions. There are a lot of...

Seven Resolutions for Network Management in 2010

The last few weeks have seen many “top ten lists” for the past year and decade as well as predictions for the coming year. After reading my forty-seventh such list, I’m left feeling a little unfulfilled. Hindsight is 20/20, of...

Net Management and the Cloud

EMA has just recently completed the data gathering phase of our Responsible Cloud research initiative, and there are some interesting results around the roles being played by network management and networking teams in terms of cloud...

Internet = InterNOT @ Interop

I was in New York last Wednesday, 11/18 for a one-day whirlwind tour of the Interop show floor. Sorry to say I did not have time to attend the keynote presentations, but my schedule only afforded enough time to catch up with the...

Proactive Strategies for Pandemia

It seems my last post was timely regarding network access during and through a pandemic. Gartner Group came out the next day with their list of concerns, which were quite similar to mine. They also mentioned a strategy which I had...

Networks and the Pandemic

I was talking yesterday to a colleague about the potential impact of H1N1 and business continuity planning, and in particular the impact on network operations. And today I saw an article on the topic, in which the US Federal...

Another Light to Shine on Virtual Performance

Earlier this month, NetScout Systems announced their nGenius Virtual Agent to add visibility for performance troubleshooting and monitoring into the virtual network elements that exist within the realm of virtual servers. This new...

Naturally Blogging

Techie diversion today on something that I've been thinking about doing for a while. I'm writing this blog entry as my first experience with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, from Nuance Software. I have had a couple of colleagues sing its...

IP SLA - Hidden gem for proactive management?

At EMA, we spend a lot of time talking about how to shift gears into a more proactive, preventative approach to manage the IT infrastructure. Whether you are looking at the lower layers of the stack and device health or up the stack...

Net Management Shake-up: CA Acquires NetQoS

Just when it was looking things had quieted down on the network management acquisition/consolidation front, CA dropped a bombshell today by announcing their intent to acquire NetQoS in an all-cash $200 million deal. This year has...

A Better Idea for WOC PoCs?

When having conversations with IT and network practitioners who are considering WAN Optimization Controller (WOC) solutions, the number one question inevitably comes down to “which one should I use?” Each vendor/product has its...

State of VoIP/Video Management - Part I

EMA recently conducted a survey of IT practitioners, looking to understand current practices for managing real-time IP communications like VoIP and IP Video Conferencing technologies such as telepresence. Remember why these are so...

Network Management in the World of Virtualization

Previously, I posted on some of the reasons why network managers should care about the rapid adoption of virtual systems (see http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/40013). The concepts I covered there still apply, and the...

End=Lean IT; Means=Service Assurance

Yesterday, I wrapped up a nine-city national series of seminars sponsored by Network World on “Lean IT.” Throughout, my role has been to advocate a couple of key positions that EMA (Enterprise Management Associates) believes are...

Your Voice on managing Voice (and Video)

Enterprise Management Associates is mid-way through collecting input for a research project to study how IT teams are deploying and managing latency/loss-intolerant IP communications, including VoIP and Video technologies such as...

Service Assurance on Parade

For the past two weeks, and for the next two to come, I’ve had the opportunity to tour the country, on behalf of Network World and CA, talking to IT professionals about strategies, practices, and technologies for making the move to...

IP Video Conferencing: No guts, no glory

A couple of months back, I blogged on the interesting challenges that deploying IP video conferencing technologies poses to service quality and service assurance – especially when it comes to network capacity and performance. Since...

Service Assurance – A Term Whose Time Has Come?

Integrated service management, or ITSM, is the holy grail of IT management. Those of us who have been watching this industry for many years have long understood this potential, and have watched patiently as the technology and...

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