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Meet network management goals with new tech and techniques

Meeting network management goals is not optional. Learn what tech and techniques are out there now that can make this essential task easier.

Introduction

Networking is on the cusp of transformation. A crop of new, and more advanced, technologies is now being introduced, allowing IT pros to set and meet major network management goals.

Many tech advances -- among them AI and machine learning--are being evaluated by organizations interested in applying them to the enterprise network. Analytics tools, meantime, are now beginning to help network pros make sense of the vast vats of data collected, while automation turns the knowledge gained into action by taking care of routine manual tasks and allowing personnel to focus on more complex functions. Most recently, there has been an increasing focus on concepts like software- and intent-based networking. What do these terms mean, exactly -- and what do they mean for the future of network monitoring and management?

The articles and stories below were selected to not just help network professionals learn about new ways to tackle old problems like visibility, but also to help them understand evolving challenges ahead. This essential guide on network management and monitoring helps network pros gain that critical edge required to meet 21st-century challenges and empowers them to meet their network management goals.

1Network analytics-

Analytics among the new techs arriving to aid networking pros

New technological advances promise better tools to help enterprise teams meet their network management goals. These technological improvements include the application of machine learning and automation to network management tasks. The latest products also apply analytics to the vast amounts of data networking tools collect. With analytics and other tech advances, networking pros can better juggle the increasing number of complex functions they oversee.

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Can network analytics deliver the needed operation insight?

Learn what leading bloggers have to say about network analytics, new vulnerabilities and the adoption of 25 GbE switches. Continue Reading

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IT operation analytics becomes AIOps

IT operations analytics tools are evolving into algorithmic IT operations, offering unprecedented insights into network behavior. Continue Reading

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AI and analytics aid end-user monitoring

Networking pros have a lot of balls to juggle in their question to monitor application and network performance. New tools employing AI and analytics are here to ease the complexity of vital network management tasks. Continue Reading

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Coming soon to a network near you: smart products, with automation

In coming months, networking managers will be able to consider an array of smarter network management products, a leading analyst predicts. Continue Reading

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The transformation of enterprise network management

Fueled by AI and machine learning, advanced network analytics has the potential to slow down or even eliminate the flood of alerts overwhelming many network operators now. These tools also allow IT to understand how efficiently traffic is flowing through their networks. Continue Reading

2Intent-based networking-

Intensions redefine network management and monitoring

The advent of intent-based networking -- using automation and policies to tell the network what to do -- could dramatically redefine how enterprise teams reach their network management goals. Learn what intent-based networking can and cannot do and what steps you should take when considering it.

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Network validation, intent-based networking's cornerstone

Network validation is an important first step when considering an intent-based networking architecture. Unless you know how things really work, you won't succeed. Continue Reading

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Today's complex networks need intent-based technology

Experts weigh in on how intent-based networking systems can deliver better management to networks that connect data center, public clouds and IoT. Continue Reading

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Network technology reaches new heights

Script management systems and intent-based networking are changing how networking systems are managed as they drive the future of configuration management tools. Continue Reading

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With intent-based networks, what is hype and what is real?

Intent-based networking systems promise to redefine how enterprise networks are managed, but promises aren't enough. Learn what this technology can really deliver. Continue Reading

3Unified network management-

Model or myth? In search of unified management

Unified management is a worthy network management goal, but it can also feel something like the Holy Grail -- desirable but possibly also a myth. The section dives into whether there really is a model for unifying the management of wired and wireless networks and where the cloud can, or can't, aid in the effort.

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What tools and tech best aid wireless network management?

Managing wireless networks efficiently requires knowledge of the best tools available. Here's what network pros must know now. Continue Reading

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Truly unified network management doesn't just happen

Achieving unified networking management -- through unifying the wired and wireless networks -- requires a combination of tools and tactics. Continue Reading

Clear skies for network management, thanks to cloud

Greater simplicity has been an elusive network management goal but now it seems there are services and tools to make it happen. Welcome to unified network management's new stage. Continue Reading

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Move to cloud revives idea of unified network management

Truly unified network management system is often thought to be a myth, but the age of cloud computing has led to the emergence of a viable framework. Continue Reading

4New approaches-

New approaches to meeting network management goals

News about ways to improve the management and monitoring of corporate networks is everywhere and it can overwhelm even the most stalwart networking pro. This selection collects some of the most interesting and important news on key developments, from hyper-convergence to software-based networking.

Opinion

Legacy and clarity issues arise from new visibility tools

New network visibility tools and analytics might be able to come to the aid of network managers, who are monitoring so many varied traffic patterns across far-flung regions that they are losing sight of the laptops, tablets, smartphones and other devices plugged into their enterprise networks. Continue Reading

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Software-based networking could liberate network managers

Software-based networking and network automation promise to free network managers from time-intensive manual tasks; can they deliver? Continue Reading

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Network system management advances through hyper-convergence

The latest advancement in network system management comes through hyper-convergence, though the best results still require careful planning and execution. Continue Reading

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Meet network management goals with new smart tools, automation

The coming months will deliver a new crop of smart network management products that will make enterprise networks more proactive, according to a leading analyst. Continue Reading

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