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.
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.
Check out the infographic below for some stats and figures on the rise in high speed networking, and feel free to reach out to us if interested in learning more!
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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