Now that we’re in a new year, there’s a growing sense of optimism among many of us. Out of the chaos of 2020 and the fundamental changes we had to make in our operating models and IT environments, new opportunities have emerged. Among them: accelerated digital transformations, increased business agility and responsiveness, and more opportunities to lower operating costs without hits to our effectiveness.
These opportunities come with requirements and conditions, however. Perhaps the biggest one underpinning them all is the need for highly effective network performance management capabilities. We’ve evolved our networks in amazing ways and in the process, advancing how we deliver core network services and applications. To maximize and lock-in the benefits of our changes, we need network performance management (NPM) capabilities that are equally advanced.
Why Reassess Your NPM Capabilities and Why Now?
It’s easy to assume that things are okay with your old, legacy NPM tool. And they would be if all you wanted to keep your eyes on were the older segments of your network. The thing is, that’s not where the action is today. With new network realities, such as cloud architectures, software-defined networking, mobile first access, and Wi-Fi everywhere, we need to manage network performance differently, more intelligently, and with more automation.
Trying to manage these newer resources in our evolved IT environments with legacy NPM tools is like having a shade-tree mechanic work on a Formula One race car – a total mismatch.
So, what should you do? The answer is that you should conduct a thorough evaluation of your existing NPM capabilities with an eye toward what’s required given the changes you’ve made to your IT environment and network infrastructure.
That may seem like a chore to get to when you have time, but it’s not. Performance issues can crop up fast in our new, dynamic networks. If you and your team can’t find, diagnose, and fix them quickly, those issues can turn into full-blown business crises, with all the negative fallout.
A Smart Way Forward
Here at SevOne, we work with our customers worldwide on the management of very large and highly complex networks every day. Together we’ve learned what it takes to effectively manage network performance. Using this hands-on experience, we’ve developed 5 Steps to Turbocharge Your Network Performance. Customers and prospects can use it to quickly measure their present network performance management capabilities against what is actually required in modern IT environments.
5 Steps to Turbocharge Your Network Performance
- Step 1: Run a Report with Thousands of Network Interfaces in Seconds Can you produce performance reports covering hundreds (or thousands) of devices and their thousands (or tens of thousands) of interfaces – and do so in seconds, not in minutes or hours?
- Step 2: Easily Understand What’s Normal and What’s Not Do you know what all the normal activities are in your network, and can you instantly spot things that aren’t normal and quickly respond to them?
- Step 3: Plan More Effectively with Simple Device-based Licensing When planning for growth or change, do you often get bogged down with overly complex NPM feature licensing models that force you to architect nearly every aspect of your network before you’ve even started to budget for it?
- Step 4: Collect and Analyze ALL of Your Metric and Flow Data With your evolving network and the new and different types of performance data it’s producing, can you confidently collect and analyze all your flow and metric data, or are you forced to compromise and collect a small subset?
- Step 5: Stop Report Bloat – Build Reports Once and Leverage Dynamic Filters Do you have the capability to leverage timely and accurate out-of-the-box performance reports, and improve operational consistency and then easily customize or repurpose them across multiple teams?
Following these steps will help ensure that the evolution of your network doesn’t get too far ahead of your performance management capabilities. These steps can also serve as the beginnings of a roadmap or project plan for upgrading and improving your network performance management posture.
During 2020, you made great strides in evolving and upgrading your network. Don’t let those advances get cast in a poor light due to issues you could have easily handled with the right performance management capabilities.
Get a clear-eyed perspective of where your shop stands, network performance management-wise. Download your free copy of 5 Steps to Turbocharge Your Network Performance Management in 2021 today.