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What Network Management Could Learn from Google Maps

Pete Welcher of NetCraftsmen comments:

I’ve been enjoying working with a fairly large company with some excellent staff, reviewing network and UC management tools, processes, and gaps. All that network management tool immersion has triggered some high-level questions in my brain, and I’d like to share some of those with you.

The immersion means I’ll likely have more to say on network management tools in future posts.

Those of you who have been following my blog posts know that I find Network Management tools intensely frustrating, basically because in 25+ years they seem to have evolved so little. I comprehend the economics behind network management products; it is a small market compared to Servers and now Security, so budgets cap R&D. Even so, I’m left feeling that surely we could do better, a lot better!

Sometimes we can look at things that are simple and successful and draw lessons to make other more difficult things in our lives better. Pete’s take on Google Maps here is spot on.

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Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a networking professional, blogger, and speaker on advanced technology topics. He is also an organizer for networking and wireless for Tech Field Day.  His blog can be found at

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