Extending Network Visibility by Leveraging NetFlow and sFlow Technologies

NetFlow and sFlow are traffic reporting mechanisms that manufacturers have embedded into enterprise-level switches and routers. Until recently, analysis vendors have viewed these technologies as a competitive threat rather than an opportunity. But now that NetFlow and sFlow support are appearing in commercial analysis tools, IT administrators can better leverage this free visibility lying latent in their switches and routers.

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The Need to Rethink the WAN

Technological advances have evolved at an exponential rate over recent decades—we’ve seen the advent of the Internet, cloud computing, virtualization, and several other technologies. But the wide area network (WAN) technologies that are currently in use in most branch offices have changed little since the 1990s.

Business environments today are experiencing unprecedented growth and change, and IT departments are losing visibility and control. Traditional WAN technologies are a mismatch for modern branch networks that need to be up and running quickly. The demand for adaptability, awareness of costs, and the need to run and monitor business-critical processes are indicating the necessity for a new WAN technology paradigm.

New WAN services based on the latest technologies have not been deployed by traditional service providers, primarily because they require an initial financial outlay which companies are not prepared to make. But they are poised to succeed multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), and are the most viable alternative for supporting application performance while dealing with increased network traffic and the connectivity demands of cloud computing and mobile access.

In this white paper, the characteristics of WAN technology and the limitations of traditional WAN technology, including complexity, are explored. This paper also discusses some new approaches, such as a hybrid WAN, which are better suited to supporting fast-changing business and technology environments.  Read More

Application-Aware Network Performance Management for Dummies

Organizations depend on their networks and applications for the success of their business. Traditionally, networks and application performance were monitored separately, but they are increasingly interdependent. When a user experiences network difficulties, it doesn’t matter to the user where the problem lies—it matters only that he or she get the service expected.

Application-aware network performance management (AANPM) is a new, integrated approach to monitoring service. This e-book explores the need for an integrated approach for visibility into your network and the concept of AANPM. You’ll discover the use cases for AANPM and the building blocks for an effective AANPM solution.

With AANPM you’ll improve diagnostics so you can monitor your network proactively and strengthen your physical and virtual infrastructure. With end-to-end visibility, AANPM will help to correlate and analyze performance data across the network to better support business-critical applications. Read More

Extending SharePoint with Enterprise Business Process Management

Enterprises of today are faced with a key question: How do you justify the investment in an enterprise BPM suite when an investment in Microsoft SharePoint has already been made? This document examines how SharePoint can be extended with an enterprise BPM suite and determines how both these technologies can co-exist. It also looks at how Skelta’s SharePoint Accelerator extends BPM and workflow features to the Microsoft SharePoint platform, allowing broader adoption of native SharePoint capabilities. Read More

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Extending COBOL to SOA, Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective

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Extending the SAN for SANbox 9000 Core Switches

The enterprise environment continues to evolve and change. Regardless of technology breakthroughs and system designs, storage area networks (SANs) continue to provide IT with severe administrative challenges. But by implementing a cost-effective and robust core-to-core solution, system administrators can reduce the management burdens and provide greater access to network resources. Read More
 
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