A facilities manager at a global real estate firm called recently. He was literally hot under the collar. Company headquarters on the U.S. West coast had been fitted two years earlier with a new HVAC system. It was designed to showcase the firm’s commitment to environmental efficiency. A month before we heard from him, temperatures at HQ started to unexpectedly spike up to the high 80s. And just as quickly subside. More than a few hot heads began to complain.
Convenience stores are the fast way for folks on the road to run in, grab what they need and be off to the next stop in their busy days. But when a regional convenience store chain known for its speedy service found itself as much as 6 hours to recover from fairly frequent failures of DVR servers used to help secure its stores, they gave Ipswitch’s network monitoring division a call.
Consider SmartWigs, watches, glasses and gloves becoming as commonplace as iPhones and Droids. I wear my Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch to work everyday. Wearable gadgets need to pair with an original device like a phone or tablet. This will essentially multiply the number of devices accessing your network. Your wireless bandwidth may take a hit. It will be important to monitor networks for bandwidth hoarders. You don’t want a wig or a pair of glasses to slow down access to critical business applications.
IT professionals seek affordable network monitoring solutions. They’re not interested in trusting free tools to do the work. Nor do they need to pay a lot of money to get what they need. How do we know this? Well, we talk to our customers a lot and listen to what they have to say. We also issued a survey through Redmond Magazine taken by more than 300 IT pros who work for organizations with 100+ employees. The survey focused on IT monitoring technology and related priorities.
He suspected those who were trying to work were being affected by others who were listening to streaming music on Pandora or Spotify, or watching videos on YouTube or Vimeo, on their personal devices. But he just didn’t the ability have to confirm it. If he couldn’t control the use of wireless bandwidth he’d have to start paying his ISP a lot more money just to keep up.