Just because you don’t see something, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. For companies with a large employee base who are utilizing applications throughout the network to complete important business-related tasks, it is crucial that they have access to a solution such as network packet broker (NPB)in order to see exactly which actions are occurring within their infrastructure and what is taking up the most amount of bandwidth.
As more and more parts of enterprises IT and communications infrastructure become virtualized— to lower costs, optimize resources already being utilized and drive efficiency, the need to upgrade existing network management capabilities to achieve more desirable and critical visibility is becoming a priority. It is a challenge for which network packet brokers (NPB) are being recognized as an important solution when architecting networks to be future ready. They help provide better visibility when enhancing network management capabilities so that they be proactive as well as reactive.
According to a recent posting on Virtualization Review, “IT organizations would love to have complete visibility into their networks and applications so that they can quickly identify where the problem is occurring and resolve them, preferably before they impact the business. Unfortunately, with traditional network management solutions, IT may only become aware of an issue once a user calls the help desk, and by the time they identify its source and set about fixing it, user frustration is often running high.”
“The visibility problem is exacerbated for many organizations that have adopted virtualization or private cloud deployments. While virtualization can bring many benefits to the organization with improved resource utilization, higher availability, and capital savings, it also brings a management complexity that threatens to diminish the benefits, especially with added operational costs,” the report added.
Hence, in order to overcome network obstacles that can quickly slow down connectivity for all employees proactive network management is increasingly being leveraged. Based upon application-aware performance management (NPM), this next generation solution seamlessly integrates analytics in order to see exactly what is performing well and more important what isn’t which enables firms to much more rapidly pinpoint performance issues within the business before they wreak havoc on overall operations.
Analyst firm Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert) recently released findings that highlight once a company decides to begin using a network performance management tool including a network packet broker or a NPM, they can:
- Reduce IT infrastructure costs by nearly $12,047 per 100 users
- Drive IT staff productivity improvement, saving around $5,497 annually per 100 users
- Significantly raise the bar on end-user productivity, equating to a savings of $26,057 annually per 100 users
Truly comprehending what applications are overburdening an enterprise network can enable any company to see many advantages including being able to access whatever they need at any time without any type of slow down. NPBs are emerging as a preferred path for not just seeing problems in real time, but also in being able to anticipate them to mitigate the risk of problems before rather than after they arise.
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli