Tom Hollingsworth leads a discussion around how important sensors are for analytics and data. Is network monitoring enough? What about something in software? Or is the added expense of a dedicated out-of-band physical sensor the price you have to pay? The roundtable is pretty evenly split on the subject, and discusses where each approach works best.
At some point in our lives most of us come the realization that making the lowest cost choice doesn’t always mean you are going to realize the best value possible. These kind of decisions are common in enterprise IT as well.
Network analytics shouldn’t be a hard problem to solve. With the right application of hardware and software you can get the data you need to make informed decisions about your network operations. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at the Extreme Networks SLX platform and how it is making analytics easier for network professionals to collect and manage.
Wireless analytics are waiting for you to discover them. But you shouldn’t be paying for a dedicated solution to find out what you don’t know. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at Mojo Networks from Mobility Field Day 2 and their inventive solution of putting a third radio in every AP they sell.
Ethan Banks made an excellent point in his post about Ixia’s network visibility portfolio. It’s no longer enough to simply make an enterprise IT product that works as intended. For an analysis tool, ease of deployment and simplicity of operation are just as valuable as raw functionality. Otherwise that analysis just becomes another bottleneck to solving a problem. I was thinking about a recent product briefing from Komprise, and they seem to share a similar sentiment about storage.
Monitoring of the data center is critical in the enterprise. The problem isn’t necessarily that monitoring data is unavailable, but rather that it’s hard to manage. It’s hard to troubleshoot issues, or even know how to provision your data center is you can’t tell the signal from the noise in all your monitoring data. This brings the issue up of too much abstraction. Enterprise IT is necessarily complex, these are multifaceted systems that are used in production. Any monitoring solution needs to strike a balance between gathering all the needed information, presenting it in a consumable manner, but provide analysis to give you meaningful insights. Uila seems to offer a solution that nicely strikes this balance.
Hans de Leenheer of @hansdeleenheer comments: Actually I’m playing with you here as the title of this post is just a rip-off of Luigi Tiano‘s post: Why I think Big Data is NOT “the new style of IT”. In essence Luigi tell us that, although the commercial value of “collecting, analysing and mining data” the […]
In this post, Iâ€™ll be discussing some of the analytics features of the 7000 arrays and how the rich data it offers provides customers with added insight into getting the best performance for their money.