According to the latest semi-annual report from Enterprise Management Associates Networking Megatrends report, nearly 53% of respondents invest in network performance management tool updates and improvements. As digital transformations involving software-defined networks (SDN), cloud migrations, colocation additions, and the adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and unified communications-as-a-service applications ( UCaaS) have increased, the complexity of the networked application environment and the task of troubleshooting end user issues have also become more difficult.
Digital transformations and migrations, including those listed above, reveal gaps in performance management visibility. New technologies mean new transition points, or domains, for application communications. Problems can arise at any time as traffic streams move from customer edges in remote homes or offices to Internet and Wide Area Network (WAN) circuits and eventually reach their application servers in data centers, co-los or public cloud peripheries. Troubleshooting issues can now involve multiple vendors and service providers, making monitoring the service edge and identifying issues more difficult than ever.
Extending Tools = Fractured Data
Over time, IT organizations have added more tools to their network and application performance management arsenal. In fact, around two-thirds (63%) of Megatrend survey respondents said they have more than 11 different tools in their portfolio. The overlaps, gaps, vendor-specific solutions, and fractured data in this age of tool proliferation lead to negative outcomes when IT organizations attempt to address performance-related issues. Ultimately, problem resolution times lengthen unnecessarily. Consolidating network management tools is a solid strategy in this case.
In many cases, silo-specific application and network performance management tools have become obsolete due to vendor consolidations or vendor end-of-life decisions. This has left many NetOps organizations with tools that cannot be upgraded or extended to support their organizations’ digital transformations without a drastic upgrade, if at all.
Strategy is key
As enterprises face one or more of the challenges discussed here, developing a solid network and application performance management strategy can be the key to a smoother digital transformation.
Recently, a major international financial bank implemented several critical IT projects, including the adoption of SaaS applications for standard business operations and the migration of key applications to the AWS cloud. Simultaneously, however, one of its network performance management tools was retired by the vendor, leaving IT staff to reassess their network and application performance management strategies and needs.
Learn more about how this The IT organization researched new network and application visibility alternatives for performance management to support Smart Edge Monitoring for today’s and tomorrow’s digital transformation projects. And how it achieved tool consolidation with support for packet monitoring and NetFlow data sources.
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