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The Top Challenges for Network Engineers in 2015

In 2014, IT professionals faced myriad challenges on a number of fronts; unfortunately, these employees are unlikely to get a rest in 2015. The job of network engineer seems to grow more difficult each day, as these employees continue to see an increasing number of complex tasks land on their desks. Still, solutions do exist that can help lighten the load for these IT professionals. With that in mind, here’s a list of some of the high-priority obstacles engineers will face in the new year and the products that can help them meet those challenges:

Handling More Traffic on a Similar Budget

Worldwide IT spending is on the upswing as businesses across all sectors try to meet customer expectations. Still, global IT spending rose just 2.1 percent overall in 2014 according to Gartner, less than earlier predictions of 3.2 percent. At the same time, some analysts predict network traffic will double in 2015. So, although some IT engineers will see modest budget increases, they may not get enough money allocated to hire new personnel, meaning they will have to adopt or make better use of high-speed network monitoring solutions to handle increased traffic.

Ensuring QoS With Increased High-Bandwidth Traffic

Organizations are being forced to ramp up bandwidth to support more complex customer-facing applications and increased use of enterprise video, VoIP and other high-bandwidth internal traffic. This shift to network speeds of 10G or higher, however, can present a problem for engineers because it becomes more difficult to monitor traffic at those greater speeds. If engineers can’t see the network traffic, they can’t troubleshoot in real time, and network performance suffers both for employees and customers using the organization’s applications. As a result, network and application performance monitoring solutions will become critical to keeping systems running smoothly.

Dealing With Increasingly Frequent and Complex Security Threats                  

Unfortunately, 2014 was a banner year for hackers and a trying year for IT security and C-level executives. Businesses in a wide variety of sectors experienced malicious hacks and data breaches that had a profoundly negative impact on the infiltrated companies’ public image and fiscal health. Considering that hackers have successfully breached government agencies and large banks, the frequency of attack is likely to grow in 2015. Spending on cybersecurity is already rising, with the research firm MarketsandMarkets predicting the global market will reach $155.75 billion by 2017, up from $95.60 billion in 2014. As more businesses look to adopt high-quality cyberattack analysis and network forensics solutions, those numbers may grow even larger.

Will Your Engineer Be Ready?                                                                                               

Your network engineer is going to face some serious issues in 2015—that is not in doubt. What remains to be seen is whether that engineer will be able to handle these challenges, which will depend largely on the tools at your organization’s disposal. WildPackets offers a wide range of products and services that enable network engineers to do their jobs more efficiently with pin point accuracy.

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Add Network Monitoring Deployment to Your New Year’s Resolutions

With 2015 coming quickly, most businesses are carefully re-examining their goals and objectives in light of new technologies that have proven successful in their industry during the past year or two. If for your company this includes upgrading network speed to support more complex applications—or if you’ve made the change already—deploying network monitoring and network forensics should top your list of New Year’s resolutions.

Moving to 10G or 40G network speed significantly improves your ability to support video, web browsing, email, instant messaging, and other internal and end-user applications. At the same time, however, increasing bandwidth and allowing more traffic to traverse your network makes it more difficult for your network engineer to keep an eye on all activity 24/7.

Best-in-class network monitoring solutions like WildPackets’ OmniPeek Network Analyzer help you tackle this visibility issue with features such as a network traffic dashboard, which allows IT to quickly drill down to the details of any single node. With OmniPeek, your IT team has access to Interactive real-time monitoring of key network statistics, can easily view application vs. network latency, and can instantly drill down to packets.

Additionally, OmniPeek offers sophisticated notifications that alert your IT team when performance drops below a predetermined level. These warnings ensure your engineers can quickly address a small network issue (e.g., like an occasional dropped packet) before it becomes a bigger problem (e.g., significant latency or even a full-fledged outage).

Last but not least, network forensics functions help you avoid or quickly detect and deal with data breaches, cyber attacks, HR violations and other network security issues. Network forensics can capture days or even weeks worth of traffic and give your team 24/7/365 access to all this information for review. These solutions go a long way toward ensuring your organization doesn’t become the next JP Morgan, Target, Home Depot or P.F. Chang’s by providing capabilities such as:

  • Comprehensive data collection: Hours or even days of network traffic—anything that crosses the network, whether email, IM, VoIP, FTP, HTML, or some other application or protocol
  • Flexible data collection: All data gathered on a network segment for future inspection or focus on a specific user or server
  • High-level analysis: Expert analysis, graphical reports, and application performance scoring

Perhaps the best thing about putting network monitoring adoption on your list of resolutions is that you don’t have to rely on your willpower to get it done. Instead, you can put top-notch security measures in place and rest easy all year knowing your network is secure.

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See The Whole Truth with Advanced Deep Packet Inspection

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!