Five IT Trends That Will Change Your Monitoring Habits

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The whole “BYOD” phenomenon has spread to Bring Your Own Network and Bring Your Own Application (BYON and BYOA), and who knows what the next four-letter acronym in line with this trend will be. The bottom line here is that in this BYO era, you’ve got to have a way to manage your business’s data, even when it’s not on your equipment.

While MDM has been covered in many places, what’s often overlooked is that consumer-grade equipment is designed for consumer-scale networks. The autodiscovery protocols that make it easy to link devices together are fairly chatty, and their multicast nature means that they use a disproportionately large amount of local network bandwidth. Segmenting these devices isn’t just good for the security of your data, it’s good for the health of your network.

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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