Shift the Network Management Focus

By Dave Kofflin  |  Posted 2009-10-21 Print this article Print

Guideline No. 2: Shift the network management focus

The advantage of cloud computing lies in the fact that the burden of applications and data storage and processing can be placed on another network. This shifts management priorities from internal data concerns to external ones. Currently, organizations have larger network pipes and infrastructure at the network core where the computer processing power is located.

With cloud computing and software as a service (SAAS) applications, the importance of large bandwidth capacities shift away from the core to the Internet connection. The shift in focus will significantly impact the decisions made, ranging from whether or not an organization's monitoring tools adequately track WAN performance to the personnel and resources devoted to managing WAN-related issues.

Guideline No. 3: Determine priorities

With a massive pipeline to the Internet handling online applications and processing, data prioritization becomes critical. Having an individual IP consuming 30 percent of the organization's bandwidth becomes unworkable. Prioritize cloud and SAAS applications, and throttle traffic to make sure bandwidth is appropriately allocated.

Guideline No. 4: Consider ISP redundancy

Thoroughly assess the reliability of your existing ISP. When the Internet connection is down or degraded, business productivity will be impacted. Consider having multiple providers in case one has a performance issue.

Dave Kofflin is a Manager of Sales Engineering at Network Instruments, LLC. Dave has been building and managing networks for over 15 years. Having started out with the U.S. Marine Corps, he worked in information systems control, designing and deploying networks for the battlefield. After the military, Dave worked with various software companies providing in-the-field application and technical support for clients. Having been with Network Instruments since 2006, Dave has in-depth experience helping network teams tackle virtually every facet of network monitoring and performance managementÔÇöfrom application and technology rollouts to daily monitoring and problem solving. He can be reached at

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