Network management and monitoring

  • Better management = increased value

    As our networks become more complex and network traffic continues to increase, network professionals need comprehensive data analytics, management and reporting skills. This column explores three converging trends that will force network managers to...  Continue Reading

  • Performance management -- making it relevant

    Network engineers struggle with data overload. So much so that it's impossible to analyze the avalanche of available network data to provide meaningful information for business management. In this column, Richard Ptak offers four suggestions to help...  Continue Reading

  • Network test plan: Checklist for architecture changes

    For every change you make to your network architecture, you should have a test plan and a backout plan. In this tip, learn how to build a test plan and review a sample checklist of things to include.  Continue Reading

  • WAN acceleration scalability: Part 2

    Dr. David Hughes continues his discussion of the top considerations for scaling a WAN acceleration appliance. Here are numbers three through six: performance under load, hardware acceleration for encryption, breadth of application supported and QoS.  Continue Reading

  • Measuring network hardware utilization

    Monitoring your network goes beyond just keeping tabs on your servers. You also need to monitor your hardware, such as routers and switches, to tell not only that these types of devices are functional, but also that they are not being saturated by ...  Continue Reading

  • Staging labs for network engineering

    Making changes to your network is less scary with adequate planning and staging, and go even more smoothly if you have a staging lab. In this tip, Tom Lancaster explains how and why such labs can be useful, then provides advice for designing and ...  Continue Reading

  • Network cabling documentation

    Network cabling documentation with dedicated documenation software can keep your cables from becoming a big mess.  Continue Reading

  • Network engineering overview: Detailed design considerations

    Implementing architectural concepts and dealing with detailed network designs must be second nature to the network engineer. In the conclusion of our tip series on things network engineers need to know to be effective, Tom Lancaster provides some ...  Continue Reading

  • WAN acceleration scalability: Part 1

    As WAN acceleration becomes more critical to business operations, the average size and scope of deployment is steadily increasing. This creates a variety of questions pertaining to product scalability. What happens when new applications are deployed...  Continue Reading

  • Network engineering overview: Policy and process

    Policy and process may seem like dull and superfluous activities, but they exist to improve communication between different departments of your company. In the third installment of his series on things network engineers need to know to be effective,...  Continue Reading

  • Duplex mismatch

    What is duplex, and what is the difference between half and full duplex? What is a duplex mismatch? How can autonegotiation help or hurt your network? How can you resolve duplex conflicts? In this tip, David Davis helps networking engineers and ...  Continue Reading