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Wireless Network Analysis Rapidly Becoming a Must for Businesses

Offering free Wi-Fi can be a huge asset to business establishments like hotels, coffee shops, bookstores and anywhere else people want to connect. But for guest Wi-Fi to be beneficial to a business, the connection has to work—and it has to work well.

Organizations that advertise free Wi-Fi service and offer only a slow or broken connection can actually do themselves more harm than good. Customers who come to these establishments expecting a strong connection—particularly those planning to do job- or school-related work—may grow annoyed, take their business elsewhere, and perhaps even take their frustration out on online reviews—doing further damage to the business.

A wireless network analyzer can mean the difference between retaining customers and forfeiting revenue. A top-flight wireless network analysis solution like WildPackets’ OmniPeek manages the entire life cycle of a network, including both wired and wireless segments simultaneously, ensuring optimal performance at all times. The product significantly reduces network outages by monitoring performance 24×7, 365 days per year.

Of course, OmniPeek is a game-changer for mission-critical operations within a company as well. With more companies using wireless as a primary medium for data service, a wireless analyzer that can manage both wired and wireless segments of a network to ensure the entire ecosystem is operating at capacity becomes critical. Just as customers grow frustrated with unstable Wi-Fi, employees are bothered by underperforming applications they need to do their jobs effectively.

A lackluster Wi-Fi network can adversely affect your business—but tools to avoid this issue are readily available. The bottom line is that a wireless network analyzer can save you time, money and frustration. Isn’t that worth an investment?

Adoption of High-Speed Networks Keeps Growing, as Does Need for Network Monitoring

One of the most impactful ongoing trends in the IT space is growing adoption of 10G, 40G and 100G networks. As businesses continue to utilize more video, emphasize mobile communications and deploy complex cloud-based applications, they are confronted by the reality that 1G networks simply don’t have the capacity to meet these new demands.

Upgrading network capacity was traditionally an expensive investment, particularly for SMBs with limited resources. But just as happens in all markets, with technology maturity comes falling prices, and such is the case for high-bandwidth networking. In fact, Crehan Research Inc. recently released a report that predicts that competition and other factors will result in lower price points in the coming years for 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet switches, leading to increased adoption of these technologies, and resulting in relatively stable overall Ethernet data center switch average selling prices.

“Aside from continual cost reductions and port-density improvements, price drops are being driven by factors such as increased competition in the data center switch market (including numerous recent entrants), low-priced white box and merchant operating system offerings, and the price negotiating power of some of the very large, hyper-scale public cloud vendors,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research, in a statement regarding the report.

More affordable high-speed networking is certainly good news for businesses with increasing traffic demands, but adoption does come with obstacles. Higher rates of data transfer can obscure a complete system view for network engineers, making troubleshooting problems more difficult. As a result, the increased traffic flying across the network—and the applications that rely on that traffic—may suffer.

To combat network visibility problems, organizations can adopt network monitoring solutions designed specifically to handle 10G, 40G and 100G speeds. Top-shelf network analysis and recording tools capture network traffic that makes data available simultaneously for real-time examination. If a performance problem arises, the network administrator is immediately alerted and can tackle the issue. Additionally, network recording tools allow for forensic searches that pinpoint specific network faults or breach attempts and produce benefits like:

  • Network and security data that is captured 24/7
  • Reduced mean time to resolution (MTTR), achieved by eliminating the time-consuming step of having to reproduce problems before they can be analyzed, and responding to issues in real time
  • Greater understanding of service-level compliance within an organization
  • Compliance with government regulations and human resources policies achieved by auditing and tracking all network activity
  • Elimination of brute-force analysis across disparate data sources that is replaced by nuanced graphical reports and application performance scoring

Network monitoring solutions should be factored into the design of these high speed infrastructures otherwise there is a high likelihood of reduced or complete loss of visibility. So the question is: Does your business have what it needs to make the most of a faster network?

Click here to download our white paper, “Real-Time Performance Visibility in 10/40 GbE Networks”

Remote Office Visibility with Distributed Network Analysis

Organizations run on their networks. In nearly every industry, productivity depends on Internet access, email, file sharing, Web applications, and VoIP, not to mention business services and custom applications. Combine this with a widely distributed workforce and the accompanying widely distributed network infrastructure of most modern companies, and the challenges of real-time network management and troubleshooting seem overwhelming.

When networks become large and complex, spanning multiple locations and data centers, this real-time understanding can be achieved only with a distributed, intelligent network analysis solution that also includes your remote offices.

Join us on August 20th for a webinar to see how WildPackets is leading the charge on providing enhanced visibility across your entire network with a single, distributed, and cost-effective network analysis and troubleshooting solution.