Five IT Trends That Will Change Your Monitoring Habits

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Companies are continuing to migrate their server infrastructure to the cloud. While the cloud is great for many reasons – slashing CapEx while reducing OpEx and increasing access – it can pose a challenge for admins. The cost of cloud doesn’t stop at migration, because, while cloud providers provide data center uptime, the burden of uptime for your service still falls on you.

If your company makes the shift to a public cloud, your visibility in the company may increase, but your visibility into your service infrastructure will decrease. Cloud usually means giving up control of the network, instead trusting the orchestration layer to get it right. However, you can monitor the network directly from your cloud-based servers in an IaaS environment, and there are several companies and products emerging to restore the management abilities you lose in going to cloud.

IT continues to change to address needs of businesses and employees. The consumerization of IT has uncoupled users from the desktop, and virtualization and cloud have added to the agility of servers. While the attention and appreciation of our often under-recognized industry is welcomed, for network administrators these new methodologies can add complexity while trying to monitor a corporate network.

Some of the growing trends that we have seen in 2013 are BYOD, cloud migration and a continued growth in VoIP, which dives a bit into more technical territory. Accepting these trends while shifting your network monitoring strategy to accommodate them can be difficult. Jim MacLeod of WildPackets, an international provider of network monitoring tools and equipment, provides top trends in the IT industry, and how best to monitor your network while still enjoying the benefits of IT consumerization and virtualization.


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