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13 Jan

10 Key Factors in Your Network Performance Management Selection

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Maintaining optimal network performance is critical in today’s business climate, with the convergence of all business applications and communications on the same network infrastructure, for both enterprises and service providers. Network managers are facing increasingly dynamic, convoluted, and multi-tenant environments, with end points going mobile, server and application infrastructure being virtualized and distributed, and the introduction of cloud-based applications. This demands that ever-closer attention be paid to network performance in order to cost effectively and proactively deliver and ensure service levels and application delivery.

Selecting the right Network Performance Management (NPM) solution can be a very challenging exercise. The incumbent or legacy solutions have been built via acquisition and integration of separate products, which have disparate operating systems, databases, and even separate user interfaces. Many of the new solutions add application response time via packet capture and inspection, but they don’t scale across your network.

With both enterprise and service providers in mind, here are 10 key factors that organizations need to consider when selecting an NPM solution.

1. Architecture for scale – can the solution scale across your entire network for both collection and reporting?

2. Ease of deployment – what does it take to deploy, maintain, grow and upgrade the solution?

3. Ease of use – how quickly and accurately can one troubleshoot, isolate, and hand off problems? Can you easily certify and add new device types?

4. Real-time visibility at scale – can you get complete visibility across your entire network with no compromises?

5. Automated baselines – can you establish an automatic and granular baseline of normal behavior?

6. Monitoring efficiency – does the management and reporting costs decrease as the implementation scales?

7. Integrated workflows – can you quickly navigate from high level status to detailed views across data sources?

8. Consolidation of tools – does the system uniformly support all multiple networks and all device types, with multiple roles and workflows, across multiple tenants?

9. OSS Integration – does the solution deploy and integrate effectively for data collection and reporting, and provide an open architecture for upstream integration?

10. Future proof solution – solutions that are easy to deploy and use, easy to maintain and support new devices, and have proven scalability are the best investment for meeting your future needs.

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