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What’s New in Performance Management & Monitoring in Today’s Networking Environment?

What's New in Performance Monitoring & Management

In this video (7:01, click link above to play), we ask and answer the important question driving much of activity in the service provider community today. Namely, why is performance management & monitoring so important today? 

This was an interesting discussion that occurred between a number of us on one of our Roundtable calls, and involved Chris Woodfield (Twitter), Gordon Bolt (Opnet), Ning So (TATA), Seth Higgins (ADVA), Vikas Trehan (InfoVista), Geoffrey Holan (TELUS), Cengiz Alaettinoglu (Packet Design), Aamer Akhter (Cisco), and your’s truly!

vWhat’s New in Performance Monitoring & ManagementSo, what is driving the change in how we think of performance management today vis-à-vis what middle-mile operators have been doing for over two decades?

The answers lie in 4 trends that we outline  in the video (again, the goal is to lay out the thoughts, and stimulate futher discussion and debate, to get the community to share it’s opinions and insights as well):

  • Evolution of mobile broadband networking.
  • Emergence of the multi-service, multi-tenant data center.
  • Move from single vendor networks (with basic reporting) to multi-vendor networks (which, while providing the benefits of choosing best-of-breed equipment, nonetheless impose major integration and management challenges)
  • New developments in key technologies, such as OAM in Ethernet and IP/MPLS, MPLS-TP, Carrier Ethernet 2.0 initiatives, and so on.

 (For a downloadable mp3 audio podcast, click here.)

What are your thoughts on this? Why, in your view, is performance management and monitoring critical today? What specific needs do you see in your environment (or in that of your customers’ environments, for those that are eco-system providers)? What trends have we not captured in the list above?

To read the previous step of this evolution — namely, what role does the data center operator have, click here, and to read the next step, namely, issues in considering the network’s impact on application performance, click here!

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