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Controlling the Complexity of Today’s IT Networks

Alessandro Porro, Senior Vice President, International Sales (APAC/LATAM), Ipswitch | June 23, 2016
With the ever-growing IT environment infrastructure, security breaches and the rising cost of downtime, IT leaders are increasingly under pressure to ensure the IT backend runs efficiently and seamlessly.

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The promises and challenges associated with the Internet of Things (IoT), the fragmentation of mobile devices at the workplace and the diverse applications and services we use to get our daily work done, are just some of the issues IT pros have to deal with these days. With the ever-growing IT environment infrastructure, security breaches and the rising cost of downtime, IT leaders are increasingly under pressure to ensure the IT backend runs efficiently and seamlessly. The results of the recently published Ipswitch report also show that an overwhelming number of IT pros feel that today's IT environments are extremely complex making it increasingly difficult for them to do their jobs successfully. The challenge comes about because IT teams have to manage a whole range of new, disparate and unsynchronised communication devices and applications while having to cope with the constant changes brought about by increasingly convoluted technology stack.

It is important to recognise that these challenges can be circumvented and addressed with appropriate preparation and strategy in place. IT leaders should analyse and understand what are the key obstacles their teams are facing and follow few best practice tips, such as:  

  • Take control of the growing IT environment complexity

Technology innovation is happening fast and most of the IT teams can't keep up with the resulting IT environment complexity. IT teams feel concerned that they might lose control of their company's IT infrastructures in the face of the new technologies and requirements, including the growth of cloud applications, virtualisation or BYOD policies. It's important to plan ahead and equip the teams with scalable and flexible monitoring solution, one that can expand with the company and instantly respond to the growing demands of the infrastructure.

  • Protect the network from potential downtime

The potential network or application downtime can have many negative effects, not only financial ones. Demotivated staff or unhappy customer can negatively affect company's reputation. The most effective way to prevent failures is to understand when and where they will occur and take measures to prevent them. According to the Ipswitch report almost half of respondents stated that they were not monitoring everything that they would like to in order to ensure control. Top reasons for this include: budget, lack of staff and the complexity of the IT environment they have to deal with. One quarter of respondents reported that all of the above were preventing them in one way or another from monitoring everything they thought they should. Appropriate network monitoring solution can proactively detect issues before they escalate to cause downtime.

  • Use integrated solution

 

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