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Protect Your High-Speed Network this Holiday Season

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.

More Data, More Problems?

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.

Click here to download our white paper, “Managing Networks in the Age of the Cloud, SDN and Big Data: Network Management Megatrends 2014.”

Adoption of High-Speed Networks Keeps Growing, as Does Need for Network Monitoring

One of the most impactful ongoing trends in the IT space is growing adoption of 10G, 40G and 100G networks. As businesses continue to utilize more video, emphasize mobile communications and deploy complex cloud-based applications, they are confronted by the reality that 1G networks simply don’t have the capacity to meet these new demands.

Upgrading network capacity was traditionally an expensive investment, particularly for SMBs with limited resources. But just as happens in all markets, with technology maturity comes falling prices, and such is the case for high-bandwidth networking. In fact, Crehan Research Inc. recently released a report that predicts that competition and other factors will result in lower price points in the coming years for 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet switches, leading to increased adoption of these technologies, and resulting in relatively stable overall Ethernet data center switch average selling prices.

“Aside from continual cost reductions and port-density improvements, price drops are being driven by factors such as increased competition in the data center switch market (including numerous recent entrants), low-priced white box and merchant operating system offerings, and the price negotiating power of some of the very large, hyper-scale public cloud vendors,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research, in a statement regarding the report.

More affordable high-speed networking is certainly good news for businesses with increasing traffic demands, but adoption does come with obstacles. Higher rates of data transfer can obscure a complete system view for network engineers, making troubleshooting problems more difficult. As a result, the increased traffic flying across the network—and the applications that rely on that traffic—may suffer.

To combat network visibility problems, organizations can adopt network monitoring solutions designed specifically to handle 10G, 40G and 100G speeds. Top-shelf network analysis and recording tools capture network traffic that makes data available simultaneously for real-time examination. If a performance problem arises, the network administrator is immediately alerted and can tackle the issue. Additionally, network recording tools allow for forensic searches that pinpoint specific network faults or breach attempts and produce benefits like:

  • Network and security data that is captured 24/7
  • Reduced mean time to resolution (MTTR), achieved by eliminating the time-consuming step of having to reproduce problems before they can be analyzed, and responding to issues in real time
  • Greater understanding of service-level compliance within an organization
  • Compliance with government regulations and human resources policies achieved by auditing and tracking all network activity
  • Elimination of brute-force analysis across disparate data sources that is replaced by nuanced graphical reports and application performance scoring

Network monitoring solutions should be factored into the design of these high speed infrastructures otherwise there is a high likelihood of reduced or complete loss of visibility. So the question is: Does your business have what it needs to make the most of a faster network?

Click here to download our white paper, “Real-Time Performance Visibility in 10/40 GbE Networks”