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Network analytics: New ITOA tools stop downtime before it happens
When it comes to improving network performance, big data alone isn't enough -- network managers need IT operations analytics (ITOA) to make sense of it all. Now, cutting-edge, "smart" ITOA tools do more than just use network analytics to diagnose existing problems. They also automate fixes and identify percolating issues before they have the chance to pick up steam.
In this edition of Network Evolution, we explore this next generation of ITOA tools -- also known as algorithmic IT operations platforms (AIOps). AIOps' network analytics capabilities give organizations real-time visibility into their own networks, while offering managers unprecedented control. In addition to uncovering and diagnosing major irregularities, the next generation of ITOA tools can sniff out smaller inefficiencies that would otherwise pass unnoticed, but ultimately take a toll on overall performance. Gartner analysts predict use of AIOps network analytics will increase more than 400% by 2019.
Also in this issue, learn why some IT leaders have welcomed shadow IT into the light, especially when it comes to workers' use of collaboration applications such as Slack and Unify Circuit. We also take a look at the diminishing popularity of in-house network testing labs, and explore how some organizations now test network changes instead -- if they test them at all.
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IT operations analytics tools are growing up and offering unprecedented insights into network behavior, allowing managers to automate fixes before problems occur.
Workers unhappy with available collaboration platforms increasingly bypass IT and download apps such as Slack and Unify Circuit, then convert their colleagues into users too.
In the era of cloud integrations and frequent network changes, fewer organizations are building in-house network test labs, relying instead on virtual and third-party tests.
From containers to CDNs, About.com is embracing change. Director of operations Matt Landolf shares how he's seen the outlook of one of the web's oldest properties evolve.
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Next-generation ITOA platforms turn big data into action. These network analytics tools of tomorrow sniff out issues before they become problems for users, and even automate fixes.
Jedadiah Casey had been studying for the CCIE exams for months when he found himself asking whether the certification is even relevant in the SDN era. His answer: Absolutely.