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Don’t Let Legacy Tools Get You Down

Most business owners and tech experts will tell you that we are in the midst of an exciting business technology revolution that is giving enterprises access to many tools that are pushing the industry forward in ways previously unimaginable. Between cloud computing; increasingly fast networks; and unified communications platforms that converge multiple platforms into a single system, business are discovering both enhanced capabilities and new technical complexities.

One of the major problems that IT managers and network engineers across various industries are encountering is the adoption of high-speed networks, which brings along with it a sharp increase in bandwidth demand, leaving the networks’ legacy monitoring and analysis equipment unable to handle the increased traffic speed . In the sixth annual “State of the Network Global Study,” conducted by Network Instruments, half of survey respondents said that they expected bandwidth demand to increase by 50 percent over the next two years. While some businesses are still looking to switch from a 1G to 10G network, others have already or are planning to move up to 40G in the next 12 months.

Unfortunately, in many cases, network engineers only have access to legacy tools designed for 1G rather than 10G or 40G, which can cause major problems. In a Wildpackets survey, 92 percent of IT managers and network engineers said that their companies have at least 10G networks, but a little less than half of the companies that employed such networks were still using legacy tools for analysis.

If your company isn’t giving your engineers the tools they need to monitor attacks or network slowdowns, increasing your bandwidth won’t necessarily solve any of your problems. Upgrading your speed alone isn’t enough—your IT team has to be able to keep it running fast. So if you are one of the many businesses that has moved—or is moving—to 10 or 40G, make the investments necessary to get the most out of your network. Don’t let legacy tools get you—or let you—down.

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