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This website is intended to be a resource center for IT personnel responsible for performance monitoring, troubleshooting, and network security. The website includes resources and topical pages that help explain crucial topics like:
- What does network visibility mean?
- The two fundamental components of network monitoring (inline and out of band)
- How network monitoring is useful across different industries
- And the site serves as a resource library
The first topic to really understand is what is network visibility. This is a very important topic that many IT personnel don’t fully appreciate. Most enterprises have network and application problems – whether IT is aware of them or not. By exposing hidden problems, you can:
- Eliminate blind spots
- Improve efficiency
- Reduce costs
- And optimize your troubleshooting efforts
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The question is, how do you actually go about realizing these benefits? Well, success is based upon the solution(s) you choose to implement and how well you implement them.
The source of many network problems is network visibility, or actually the lack of it. Lack of visibility is caused by blind spots – areas where you do not actually see everything that is happening. These blind spots exist in almost every network. It is not a question of “if” you have them, but “where” are they located. Blind spots result from many sources including the following:
- The organizational structure of the business
- Technology complexity
- The monitoring and network equipment itself
While there are many examples of blind spots, here are some of the most common:
- Department silos
- Virtualization technology
- Rogue IT
- SPAN port usage
- New equipment
- Network complexity
So, what is the solution? It is something called a visibility architecture. A visibility architecture is simply a way to step back and take a look at your network, organize your network monitoring strategy, and then integrate that strategy with other strategies—like network security and troubleshooting.
By creating a visibility architecture, you get a better understanding of what tools you have, where they access the network, and what data feeds into them. From there, you can optimize your monitoring strategy by pooling resources, load balancing data across tools, filtering out non-pertinent data to the tools, and integrating tools and data flows to eliminate problems faster than before. There are actual examples of businesses can reduce their mean time to repair by up to 80%, just by creating a visibility architecture.