If you’re a retailer that has upgraded to a 10G—or faster—network in anticipation of the holiday season, congratulations are in order because you’ve made a wise decision. Between streaming videos on your website, offering multichannel service in your contact center and running your company’s usual slew of bandwidth-intensive applications, high-speed networks are rapidly becoming a priority for retailers.
But although a faster network will certainly increase your capacity, it also makes monitoring more difficult. After all, a higher rate of data transfer can make it more complex to troubleshoot network issues, and if the network suffers an extended outage or subpar performance, the speed you added speed is essentially useless.
The holiday season can make or break an entire fiscal year for a retailer, so the last thing your company can afford is downtime between now and the New Year. So, to ensure your high-speed system runs smoothly as temperatures get colder and business heats, you need a solution that increases network visibility and ensures optimal high speed network performance.
Best-in-class high-speed network analysis solutions offer end-to-end monitoring and data capture for common applications like Web, Email, IM, and VoIP. Our products ensure that data packets don’t go missing and that your network engineers can quickly view all the relevant information they need to analyze any section of the network. Armed with this data, these engineers can:United States
- Rapidly resolve network issues in real-time, before they become major problems
- Optimize network and application performance
- Baseline the entire network
- Mitigate security threats
- Improve overall end-user productivity
Don’t leave your 10/40/100G network’s performance up to chance this season. Want to learn more about how network management tools giving you greater visibility on high speed networks? Click here to download WildPackets’ Success Kit.
If video did indeed kill the radio star, then it won’t be long before videos do the same to many other types of online ads and content.
Businesses are using more video than ever before, employing it to reach consumers where they spend a great deal of their time: online. In March of last year, a study found that 85 percent of US Internet users viewed online videos. What’s more, video ads accounted for 25 percent of all videos viewed online. In the year since the report, the pace and frequency of these videos’ production and viewing has only quickened.
Video, however, consumes a lot of bandwidth. As a result, businesses and consumers alike need ever-greater bandwidth to support and consume all the video content being generated. Along with a need for greater bandwidth comes the need for better tools to guarantee high performance and ease in troubleshooting application problems.
Most users are viewing videos on 1G or 10G networks. Even 10G network performance isn’t quite enough to competently serve many modern videos. With users consuming greater amounts of bandwidth, having visibility into the network becomes increasingly important. This issue is very much top of mind for IT organizations. In fact, 20 percent of the participants in a recent survey stated that they thought real-time network analysis was no longer an option, even at 10G speeds.
Another pressing concern for businesses is visibility within these varied bandwidths. In the aforementioned survey, almost half the participants said they noticed limited or no network visibility as part of 10G network performance.
The solution, then, is a combination of different technologies. Businesses must do their best to optimize the performance of whatever network they’re working on and be sensitive to the fact that users may not all enjoy unlimited or optimized bandwidth. Shorter, lighter videos and tools that enhance slower networks are vital to ensure their content, often a significant investment in its own right, can be seamlessly viewed by the customers for whom it is intended.
One the biggest challenges contemporary businesses face is creating a flexible network atmosphere that responds to application or traffic needs in real time. In looking for solutions to this problem, organizations are transitioning from traditional, inflexible hardware-based networks to software-defined networks.
Software-defined networking (SDN) allows an entire network to be managed from a central control point. Programmability of the network from a single location enables automation, where the system can self-monitor and scale in real time based on need. The ability to make real-time adjustments is the most valuable aspect of SDN, because it ensures companies never get caught without the network resources they need.
But with the added flexibility SDN provides comes new challenges as well. In the past, when applications or services were deployed, engineers had significant time to test the network’s ability to handle the changes. While SDN provides companies with greater flexibility, real-time configuration changes make it much more difficult for IT managers to stay on top of everything that is happening across dynamic networks.
Best-in-class network monitoring tools, however, help engineers improve network performance, reduce latency and weed out security risks by keeping tabs on the entire network, 24/7/365 even as things rapidly change. These products also make the entire virtual network visible to engineers and alert them to any small disturbances before they become major problems. Particularly in cases where companies are migrating from 1G to 10G speed or higher for SDN deployments, the increase in speed and complexity of applications necessitates the adoption of performance-monitoring solutions.
Like many emerging technologies, SDN offers major benefits for businesses but also comes with potential pitfalls. For companies considering overhauling their network infrastructure, network monitoring solutions are akin to protecting an investment.
And that’s always good business.
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