It’s 10 p.m. Do You Know What Your Network Is Up To?

We’ve all heard the classic public service announcements, noting the time and asking the viewer if they know what their children are up to. Being apprised of these activities is important, and the same logic can be applied to an enterprise network.

Without the proper insight, a business’s WAN traffic could be having a considerable impact on employees’ ability to collaborate and connect with important resources. However, if those responsible for the network aren’t always looped in so they are in the know about what is taking place and how these activities are being carried out, they could be missing critical opportunities to help better position the business for success.

“If network administrators aren’t in the know about what is taking place on the WAN, they could be missing critical opportunities to help better position the business for success.”

A lack of  end-to-end WAN oversight is a common issue in many businesses, but there are strategies network administrators can take to help ensure their enterprise infrastructure offers the most optimal support for essential tasks.

We don’t know what’s happening on the network. But what’s the big deal?
Many network managers don’t have complete oversight of their network activities, and without the proper tools, how can one person or team know what’s happening on the network 24/7.

One of the biggest issues is the performance of critical applications. These apps are absolutely essential to business operations, be it a unified communications platform, a cloud-based program or a videoconferencing solution. When these apps aren’t working properly, it is the responsibility of the network manager, not the apps team, to troubleshoot and solve the issue. But without deep WAN insight, how can this individual ever hope to pinpoint and resolve the underlying problem?

After experiencing WAN issues himself, Talari’s John Dickey wrote a blog post about all the things he expects from his network. The post provides a whole host of benchmarks for network oversight and performance, including that the network should be aware that:

  • A WAN is only as good as its connectivity, and that users will judge it by its latency, load, jitter, congestion, bandwidth and reliability.
  • The network should treat each individual packet with care, measuring it at the network path performance level as well as at the application performance level to ensure issues like latency and jitter don’t adversely affect critical programs.
  • If a problem arises, the network should be able to spring into action and immediately correct the issue instead of alerting administrators and waiting for them to resolve the problem manually.

And with the proper network insight, key IT employees will once again be able to sleep through the night, knowing that even at 10 p.m., the network is performing as it should.

“My network should be aware that my network should allow me to sleep with my phone off and make plans to spend time with my friends and family on the weekends and evenings,” Dickey wrote.

A lack of WAN insight means network administrators may have more questions than answers when it comes to their network performance. A lack of WAN insight means network administrators may have more questions than answers when it comes to their network performance.

How is this possible?
But just how is this level of oversight possible? It’s more about creating a network that can think for itself and react to any problems in a proactive manner. In this way, administrators can rest easy knowing that, whether it’s noon or midnight, the network will leverage its available bandwidth in the best way possible and select the best paths for each packet traveling across the WAN, even side-stepping poor quality links or failed links to get to data where it needs to go.

With Talari’s THINKING WAN solution, the network becomes more than just critical support for online activity. It becomes an intelligent WAN that adapts in real time to proactively manage capacity, quality and performance ensuring that all traffic, especially critical traffic, is prioritized and applications perform at their best.

With this solution in place, network administrators don’t have to wonder if the WAN is treating each packet with the same care that they would. The technology offers an unparalleled, up-to-the-minute view of network activity to ensure the most complete, granular control of the WAN possible.

To find out more, contact Talari for a custom demo today.

Categories: Application Performance/Application Quality, IT Challenges, Network Reliability