By Ennio Carboni
On the courts and on the network, coaches and IT managers are always looking for consistency and reliability. So when we have two of the strongest issues in the bracket squaring off in the Reliability Region for a trip to the Final Four, it’s sure to get interesting. (If you are wondering what this is about, check here for the full Ipswitch Madness.)
Outages and downtime not only create issues for IT, but put the business at risk. When systems are down, so is the workforce who relies on them to do their jobs. While not always an onsite issue, it’s always a huge concern. The need to get back online quickly takes priority over anything else. While getting back online fast is the prescription, Unresolved Problems are often the lingering cold that is left unchecked in busy IT environments.
So we have to ask ourselves, what’s worse? Going offline or never fixing the problems that caused downtime in the first place? Tough call, but in the end, business screeching to a halt because the network is unresponsive has the potential to cost a lot. Therefore, Outages and Downtime is pulling out the ladders and the scissors and will be cutting down the nets.
The final trip to the Final Four is a battle between two really annoying and problematic issues coming out of the Influx Region. Point-in-Time events, such as NCAA’s own March Madness, create a drain on the network that can distract and slow down critical business functions. Any event that has the potential to create widespread delays and timed out sessions is something IT has to take serious. On the other hand, random Traffic Spikes creates its own set of issues because they often come when it’s least expected. Nothing can hurt productivity like a network that has a traffic jam.
Think about a trip to your favorite vacation spot on the Fourth of July and you get the picture about what a network may look like when an unexpected spike hits. So what is worse, the event sure to create a large spike, or the potential for a spike to come out of nowhere? When IT can plan for an event, they can usually handle it with relative ease, it’s when it comes out of nowhere that cause them to scramble. So therefore its midnight Cinderella for Point-in-Time events as Traffic Spikes moves on to the Final Four.
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