Network speeds are increasing faster than legacy analysis tools can keep up with – so much so that 100G will account for 25% of ports by 2015 and over 33% of all data center switches will be 40G by 2017.
As these networks grow in capacity and speed, it’s important that enterprises have the tools available to monitor, track, and analyze activity. Advanced deep packet inspection and analysis can give organizations the granularity that they need in order to make sure that their networks are in top shape and that no productivity is lost to downtime.
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Big data is perhaps the ultimate double-edged sword for businesses. On one hand, the ever-growing volume of information produced by contemporary technology contains valuable data companies can use to improve operations. For that reason, a wide array of verticals—from healthcare to financial services—are launching big data initiatives. On the other hand, the data needs to be stored somewhere and transmitted on the network. In fact, a recent report from Enterprise Management Associates revealed that “increased traffic load due to big data storage/backup” is the most common change observed to network behavior by respondents.
To meet these traffic and storage demands, many businesses are increasing their bandwidth, moving from 1G to 10/40 or even 100G networks. And although this makes them better-equipped to handle more information, the higher speed involved can make the network engineer’s job more difficult, as troubleshooting grows more complex.
Fortunately, organizations increasing their bandwidth now have access to tools that ensure excellent network performance. These network monitoring solutions help make certain that no packets are lost between the network and storage, and that network engineers have all the data they need for fast, accurate analysis. Data is available in real time for analysis and can also be recorded for post-capture network forensics that help engineers re-create disruptions or attacks and prevent similar incidents in the future.
By now, many executives understand full well the possibilities big data offers. But because networks are now the backbones of so many organizations, decision makers may feel that even valuable, actionable information isn’t worth risking network health. But with the right solution, businesses no longer have to choose between getting on the big data bandwagon and feeling confident about their networks.
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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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