Networking blogs: Virtualization hobbles network oversight, study says

This week's Networking blogs details a study investigating network management applications and highlights the birth of a new acronym: AANPM

TRAC Research released the first installment of a two-part series examining network performance monitoring and among the results is this nugget: The network is increasingly viewed as a strategic asset. According to the study, which polled more than 500 IT pros, 53% of organizations say their top goal is to ensure their networks can support new technology rollouts. To that end, network performance is having a major impact on all key business processes. The study also revealed the issues managers say they face when it comes to overseeing their networks. Among the biggest: the inability to troubleshoot problems in a virtualized environment and the difficulties associated with managing 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networks.

Get a sampling of some of the other results from TRAC's survey here.

What Washington should do about cybersecurity
Jon Oltsik, Enterprise Strategy Group's senior principal analyst, recently wrote a post discussing the need of the U.S. government to do something about moving along stalled cybersecurity legislation. This week, Oltsik discusses the steps enterprise security professionals believe Washington should take to address the current threat landscape. Among the suggestions: the feds should find better ways to share federal security information with the private sector. And the government should provide some type of incentive to organizations that improve cybersecurity.

Take a look at some of the advice security pros would give Washington lawmakers.

Welcome to a new acronym: AANPM
Chris Greer writes that a new acronym is on the scene, but for a change, this one—AANPM—could have important implications for network administrators. AANPM, for application-aware network performance management, represents a new way to monitor, troubleshoot and analyze both network and application systems. The framework, Greer says, enables network administrators to accurately measure an end user's application experience. If problems occur, engineers have all the information they need through AANPM to track down the root cause, regardless of where they may emanate.

Are you ready for AANPM? Read Greer's analysis.

OpenStack takes another step forward
OpenStack is becoming more enterprise-ready with each release, says Enterprise Management Associates' Torsten Volk, citing developments in the weeks leading up to next month's OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong. Of note to enterprises: more big-name vendor support, from the likes of Cisco, Dell, IBM and HP. What's more, organizations such as eBay and Concur are now beginning to deploy OpenStack, implying that the protocol has the scalability and reliability required for enterprise use. That said, Volk writes that OpenStack backers still have some work to do before the standard gains real traction.

Get Volk's take on OpenStack and the steps still needed to make the standard fully enterprise-ready.

This was first published in October 2013
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