With another New Year upon us, I've found that as an industry we're once
again spending a lot of time looking forward, which is a good thing, but also
not enough time grounded in the present or even the past, which absolutely
can be a bad thing, especially for network administrators. After all, as the
old adage goes: "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."
Remember when the Internet became ubiquitous in the workplace? We weren't
prepared for that spike in capacity and had to scramble to fix existing
issues to accommodate the influx of network usage. The same thing happened
with BYOD - once people started sharing resources among an explosion of new
devices, it exposed existing problems within our networks that needed to be
resolved before BYOD could really be successful.
Here we are again - new, impactful trends such as IPv6, the Internet of
Things ... (more)
It is a sad but very real truth that many, dare I say most, IT professionals
consider alerts to be the bane of their existence. After all, they're
annoying, noisy, mostly useless and frequently false. Thus, we IT
professionals who specialize in IT monitoring are likely well acquainted with
that familiar sinking feeling brought on by the discovery that the alert you
so painstakingly crafted is being ignored by the team who receives it.
In that moment of professional heartbreak, you may have considered changing
those alerts to make them more eye-catching, more interesting and more ... (more)
Network Device Management for Today and Tomorrow - a Do and Don't Guide
Today, "network device management" means different things to different
people, and the reality is that IT organizations do it, or at least do what
they consider network device management to be, to vastly varying degrees,
including some who do none at all (hopefully this isn't you).
At least part of the reason network device management has become such an
ambiguous thing is because what we consider to be a network device is
constantly evolving. At one point, network devices were largely just routers
and switche... (more)