Yesterday we announced our exciting new award received together with our partner, CA Technologies – the Enterprise Management Associates’ coveted Networking Innovation award for the First Half of 2017. This award recognizes products and services that demonstrate true innovation in the IT industry and address the most critical challenges IT organizations face today. Netrounds active testing and monitoring combined with Network Operations and Analytics from CA addresses critical end user experience visibility problems and network operations blind spots that enterprises experience today due to a number of factors, such as the use of hybrid cloud services and public access.

As Shamus McGillicuddy, senior analyst for EMA, puts it, “The solution from Netrounds and CA provides network managers with much greater insights and allows them to identify blindspots, find and fix problems significantly quicker, cut down on troubleshooting time, and ultimately focus on driving more value for their organizations.”

In his article on the Innovator award and associated research that went into choosing the winner, Shamus wrote that “the combined CA-Netrounds solution is an ideal example of how two vendors can deliver true innovation to the industry by integrating their complementary products. EMA believes the combination of CA Technologies and Netrounds helps network operations improve their service assurance capabilities.”

For your convenience, we have compiled a roundup of all the Netrounds and CA Technologies Predictive Network Analystics materials that you might be interested in below:

 

Active testing with network monitoring is a recipe for success

Use real-time testing of virtual, physical and logical components to safeguard the user experience and boost your network monitoring software

Written by Jeremy Rossbach, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Network Operations and Analytics at CA Technologies

As seen on the CA Technologies blog here.

When I make my truly amazing spaghetti sauce, I always get an exceptional result when I continuously test the flavor throughout the cooking process to make sure everything is working as planned.

Testing during rather than at the end of a process is just as important when it comes to network operations. It gives organizations the opportunity to address blips in network behavior before they impact the user experience or application performance.

Tried and tested

Active testing and the ability to react quickly on any network anomalies or degradations are particularly valuable resources given the dynamic nature of today’s networks. Thanks to advances in technology, such as SDN and cloud computing, the network has become a simmering hotpot of physical, logical and virtual components that are subject to constant change.

Each small change or update that is made to the new networking stack has the potential to disrupt your customers’ experience. Keeping one step ahead of these potential disruptions – and quality degradations – can be the difference between the success or failure of your new business initiatives, customer transactions, or digital services.

With active testing, organizations can not only validate individual changes to the existing stack but also validate the deployment of new technologies and network services in production, before customers begin using them.

Essential ingredients for success

Active testing delivers the best outcomes when used in conjunction with live network monitoring software and real-time analytics. These three components enable organizations to establish a network performance powerhouse that extends well beyond the datacenter rack – all the way to an individual user’s mobile device.

For example, the combination of active service data and passive infrastructure performance creates a comprehensive end–to–end view of network service quality from the end–users’ perspective, based on predictive network behavior as well as inventory, topology, faults, flow and packet analysis. All of these elements can be then converted into actionable intelligence for network operations, providing them with an unrivaled view of current customer quality of experience, service performance and future network behavior.

Lower admin, greater agility

To make the most of active testing, organizations need to establish the right processes and platforms to empower their network operations teams. Best of breed network monitoring software should not only allow organizations to easily implement test agents at remote, strategic end point locations, but also in core, high traffic areas as multi-tenant test agents that can perform tests, capture active monitoring results and use reflection technology to extend your network visibility – all of which help to reduce the administrative burden on the networking team.

A solution that identifies ongoing network performance behavior is not enough even today; network operations teams also need help in accelerating their response to data that can be used to predict future behavior. Rapidly resolving and proactively preventing issues is paramount for safeguarding the user experience. Automated alarms and triggers, as well as test cases, can help network operations teams gain valuable time when searching for a problem’s root cause.

Monitoring, predicting and analyzing network behavior and performance are prerequisites for today’s modern network architectures. By ensuring all the ingredients are working in harmony before, during, and after a new application or service goes live, organizations will be able to cook up a masterpiece in the digital age.

About the author

Jeremy is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager for a variety of Enterprise Management solutions at CA Technologies. Prior to joining CA, he spent over 15 years working in IT, across both public and private sectors, managing data centers for startups, healthcare, financial and federal system integrators. His previous roles as a data center administrator, engineer, architect and manager provided him invaluable insights into the challenges and goals of IT consumers.

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