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23 Apr

Deployment Model as a Network Performance Management Feature

NetworkManagementSoftware.com recently published an article describing deployment model as an often overlooked “feature” of network performance management (NPM). The premise being that poor deployment can devalue even the most beneficial of NPM features. For example, the deployment model must address the solution or platform, not just initial software deployment, because there are many factors that affect lifetime cost of ownership. Additionally, everyday benefits and disadvantages of some deployment models may not apply for NPM, such as software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployments requiring agents, which negate many of the general SaaS benefits.

SevOne’s Deployment Model and Value

The article on networkmanagementsoftware.com gave SevOne a nice mention as having ”the most compelling deployment model advantages in the current NPM environment.” We appreciate that, and wanted to elaborate on the value that derives from SevOne’s all-in-one on-premise appliance and virtual appliance deployment models.

Speed of Deployment

SevOne’s all-in-one appliance, the PAS, supports all basic network performance management capabilities (defined here as SNMP+IPSLA+traffic flows) in a single appliance, preconfigured for the customer and requiring only power and an Ethernet connection to begin monitoring the network.

Scalability and Speed of Reporting

SevOne delivers a patented database architecture based on the concepts of distributed computing. It does not rely on a centralized database model, which forms a bottleneck as your monitored domain expands. This unique architecture allows you to monitor millions of elements without sacrificing reporting speed, regardless of the number of appliances in a cluster.

Upgradability

SevOne assists with all customer upgrades as part of the maintenance plan. Because the software does not require additional SevOne agents, upgrades avoid the complexity of maintaining widely dispersed and varying agent types. In addition, SevOne’s single code base makes platform upgrades less fragile than competing vendors who have strewn together multiple code bases and versioning.

Data Security

SevOne provides your business with the best options for data security. An all-in-one on-premise appliance offers physical security to your data. Most SevOne customers take advantage of that and backup data on-site, even with multi-site SevOne Cluster deployments. If cloud or other off-site backup is preferable, SevOne offers that, too. Additionally, SevOne is an agentless solution which limits vulnerability. Gartner recently noted that agents introduce additional attach vectors and that hundreds of agent-based vulnerabilities have been found in leading NPM solutions in recent years.

Up-Front Cost

The article ties cost model to deployment model, which is important. SevOne provides an all-in-one on-premise Appliance solution, and SevOne offers cost models which reduce your up-front cost. Most appliance vendors charge you for the appliance plus what is on it, and then charge exorbitant professional service and maintenance fees over time. SevOne offers your choice of subscription or per-object licensing. Having this choice can reduce the amount that your company pays up-front and bases pricing on what you need as you deploy.

Lifetime Cost of Ownership

SevOne’s deployment model and cost structure offer the best in lifetime cost of ownership. SevOne’s approach blends its cost models with virtual and physical appliance offerings to allow for a “pay as you grow” approach, optimizing both performance and lifetime cost of ownership. You do not have to worry about hardware refreshes, a database administer, additional server or security licensing, and other costs typical of maintaining a solution from a software-only vendor. In addition, SevOne’s dense monitoring capacity limits your data center footprint, power consumption, and cooling costs.

Integration

Often overlooked when considering a SaaS solution is the value that an on-premise appliance has in integrating with other platforms. SevOne’s all-in-one on-premise appliances include an API that enables close integration with other platforms, such as configuration and fault management solutions.

Summary

Deployment model, which is somewhat of a by-product of product solution and cost model, is an important consideration for network performance management solutions. The deployment model can clearly affect the value of the product features claimed by vendors, or it can enhance them. SevOne understands this and strives for the deployment model to enhance product features, reduce lifetime cost of ownership and enhance customer value.

Written by Rick Stuby
Product Marketing Manager

Rick Stuby is a product marketer for SevOne. A strategy, marketing and business development professional with 28 years of global technology experience in networking, telecommunications, semiconductors, renewable energy, and defense covering hardware, software and service solutions, Rick holds eleven United States patents. He has written many technical and marketing publications.

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