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October 2017, Vol. 8, No. 8

IT pros seek better methods to manage application performance

About a decade ago, network managers' jobs were fairly predictable. They connected employee desktops via a wired Ethernet network. If employees worked from home, the managers would connect them to the office using a secure VPN tunnel that IT could control. Those days are gone. Today, employees may have three or four devices they use for work, which they access from multiple locations. Increased use of mobile devices in the enterprise combined with more dependence companies have on their networks have made network management more complex -- and the need to manage application performance is now even more important. Users care about access to applications, and they expect the network to be available, whether it's on home Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G wireless broadband, or an external mobile network at an airport or a customer site. Tools from vendors like Dynatrace, Riverbed, Nyansa, AppDynamics, NetScout, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Aruba are making it possible for network leaders to manage application performance through a single console ...

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