Life in the Fast Lane: Are You Ready for 40G and 100G?

Just as network managers were starting to get a grip on ensuring reliable 10G network performance, faster networks are beginning to hit the mainstream. Businesses across numerous verticals are adopting 40G to meet the continued demand for bandwidth being generated by data flow and complex applications. And ratcheting up the ante, in April, Verizon deployed 100G technology on its metro network for similar reasons Inflatable Ball.

Although these faster speeds will allow companies to lean more heavily on their networks, they can also decrease visibility for IT managers and engineers tasked with monitoring. Network monitoring tools developed for 1G or even 10G simply do not have the capacity to collect the data necessary to prevent problems like downtime, poor voice quality, faulty transactions or security breaches on 40G and 100G systems.

So what can businesses do to stay competitive when deploying faster networks is rapidly becoming critical? Is the only choice to sacrifice security and reliability for speed? No, because network forensics helps keep systems up-and-running, even at 100G. Network forensics lets engineers drill down to the source of any performance problem. Top-of-the-line solutions offer:

  • Comprehensive data collection: Gather hours or even days of network traffic—anything that crosses the network, whether email, IM, VoIP, FTP, HTML, or some other application or protocol—in a single system and store it in a common, searchable format.
  • Flexible data collection: Collect all data on a network segment for future inspection or focus on a specific user or server.
  • High-level analysis: Eliminate the need for brute-force analysis across disparate data sources; access expert analysis, graphical reports and application performance scoring.

The bottom line is that faster networks are quickly becoming a fact of life and companies need to be prepared. Is your company ready for life in the fast lane?

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