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Enterprise network management undergoes transformation
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of Special Edition, July 2017, Vol. 1, No. 3
Tried-and-true enterprise network management is undergoing a seismic shift as virtualization, software-defined architectures and other networking technologies transform how businesses keep tabs on their networks. Traditionally, enterprise network management focused on two areas associated with physical network connections -- availability and performance. Vendors including BMC, CA, Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Juniper Networks offered tools that monitored how quickly and efficiently the network processed information. By stationing software management agents and other probes at network entry and exit points, enterprises could identify trouble spots as they appeared. But evolving networking trends -- among them virtualization, the internet of things and cloud -- are dramatically changing how infrastructure functions. Typically, an application is basically hard-wired to network routers. The goal of emerging technologies, however, is to free workloads from specific hardware. Rather than being tied to distinct connections, ...
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Traditional enterprise network management is shifting in the face of new virtualization and software trends. Managers need to be aware of how technologies change their monitoring techniques.
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Clarity is crucial to all enterprises. As networks undergo technology shifts, managers are finding new network visibility tools to gain a clear look across the organization.