New Years Resolution For Network Managers: Don’t Get Fired For Sticking With The Status Quo
New Years Resolution For Network Managers: Don’t Get Fired For Sticking With The Status Quo
/ Jan 9, 2017 0 COMMENTS

In IT circles we have all heard the popular expression “you never get fired for buying X” where X is your established incumbent vendor. In some ways the phrase excuses the complacent decision maker who would rather make the safe choice of buying the market share leader or incumbent vendor rather than taking a risk…

Network Engineers Should Leverage SD-WANs To Keep Their Skill Set Current
Network Engineers Should Leverage SD-WANs To Keep Their Skill Set Current
/ Dec 14, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Earlier this week I wrote this post on the reasons why it is important for network managers to embrace automation. My argument revolved around the fact that network changes can be made much faster and far more efficiently through the use of automation vs. trying to manage the network a device at a time. This…

Network Managers Must Embrace Automation, Not Fear It
Network Managers Must Embrace Automation, Not Fear It
/ Dec 12, 2016 1 COMMENTS

When discussing the value of an SD-WAN, many points enter the discussion. Cost comes up as SD-WANs are certainly cheaper. Delivering a better and more predictable user experience is another reason to adopt an SD-WAN, since users will certainly experience better application performance and, in turn, become more productive. But a third element that’s not…

SD-WANs Solve the Internet Access Conundrum
SD-WANs Solve the Internet Access Conundrum
/ Dec 1, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Merriam-Webster defines the word “conundrum” as an “intricate and difficult problem”. This word can most certainly be used in a business context to describe the challenges associated with providing Internet access to branch and remote office workers. Legacy networks provided Internet access to users through a hub-and-spoke architecture — Internet connectivity came into the hub…

It’s OK For Network Managers To Give Up Their Security Blanket
It’s OK For Network Managers To Give Up Their Security Blanket
/ Nov 8, 2016 0 COMMENTS

In the popular comic strip Peanuts, Linus was always seen carrying his blanket.  Clearly, the blanket gave the young lad a sense of comfort and security even in the face of his sister Lucy calling it a “stupid blanket” and constantly urging him to ditch it.  To Linus, knowing the blanket was there was far…

The 7 Scariest Things About Legacy WANs
The 7 Scariest Things About Legacy WANs
/ Oct 31, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Happy Halloween! It’s that time of year again when we go out in the dark and dress up with the sole purpose of scaring one another and collecting treats! For network managers though, there’s no need to dress up as something scary like an orc, goblin or millennial to get a fright, as there are…

The Importance of Setting Network Baselines
The Importance of Setting Network Baselines
/ Oct 27, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The networking industry is in the midst of a transition to the digital era. The network plays a critical role in the success of digital businesses as many of the digital building blocks, such as IoT and the cloud, are network-centric. This is one of the reasons why there is currently so much focus on…

Service Providers Need To Embrace The Rise Of Managed SD-WAN
Service Providers Need To Embrace The Rise Of Managed SD-WAN
/ Oct 18, 2016 0 COMMENTS

About a month ago I attended an analyst session with Michael Dell at VMWorld. During the event, Mr. Dell stated that he learned many years ago that when things are good for businesses, customers are going to do it, with or without the vendors’ help. He cited Dell’s initial resistance to virtualization as an example….

SD-WAN Can Make Network Management Impactful To The Business
SD-WAN Can Make Network Management Impactful To The Business
/ Oct 10, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Navigating By The Dashboard Lights Every network operations center I have been in always has a big dashboard in the middle with a bunch of red and green lights. Sometimes it’s a simple display showing the layout of the network and other times its something more extravagant like a big spinning globe with a bunch…

Don’t Just Monitor Your Applications – Control Them!
Don’t Just Monitor Your Applications – Control Them!
/ Oct 10, 2016 0 COMMENTS

How’s Your Productivity? Businesses spend billions of dollars annually on initiatives to make workers more productive. In fact, ZK Research found that in 2015, organizations spent in aggregate over $12 billion on technology to increase the agility of their organization. The new initiatives are great but what about existing applications? Another interesting data point from…