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Harvesting business intelligence with network monitoring tools
Network technologies and architectures are rapidly changing due to a wide range of innovations from software-defined networking to gigabit wireless. It can be difficult for IT managers to know when to invest. The first step is to investigate the technology to determine if it will improve business processes and whether current network technology can easily be migrated. Network managers will also need to determine whether there are associated management tools and whether their engineers have the skills to handle the new technology.
In this issue of Network Evolution, we address some of these issues with an in-depth look at network monitoring and management for the next-generation network. We also explore the emergence of 802.11ad gigabit wireless and how it could improve BYOD connectivity. Finally, we hear from CIOs on what it will take for them to invest in SDN.
Features in this issue
As network architectures become more complex, users need network monitoring tools that provide performance data and business intelligence.
CIOs are taking SDN plans seriously, especially for virtualization and the cloud, but they’re waiting for the technology to mature.
The new 802.11ad standard offers 7 Gbps of throughput and can supplement existing wireless networks, but it’s got technical challenges.
Columns in this issue
New technologies like SDN and gigabit wireless are exciting, but how do you know when they’re mature enough for a network technology investment?
As siloes break down in the IT organization, there is demand for a new job role—the virtualization engineer, who manages across converged resources.