Now this post isn’t intended to take a shot at WhatsApp, but rather to serve as a warning to other companies as to what can happen and the damage that a prolonged network outage can cause. Let’s be honest, the first thing most of us in the IT field do when we hear of a major outage is scan the names involved and then give thanks that it wasn’t us.
Although I am keeping up with the Olympics at home, I suspect some of my bandwidth hoarding colleagues are catching some of the competition while at work. With Sochi 9 hours away it is reasonable to think that many folks are trying to catch what’s happening before they can catch it on NBC. Now think about the fact that March Madness (here in the U.S.) is quickly approaching, and wireless network bandwidth hoarding may be quickly becoming a national pastime, and a headache for businesses and universities.
Wigs on the network? This is technology that will affect networks I surely couldn’t have predicted a few years ago. Sony filed a patent application for “SmartWig“, as companies continue the tousle to lead the way in wearable technology. It says the SmartWig can be worn “in addition to natural hair”, and will be able to process data and communicate wirelessly with other external devices. As fun as it sounds, this signifies just how seriously these technology companies feel wearable technology is becoming.
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.
Network monitoring systems for IT operations do not need to come from a Big IT Company to provide what you need. Ask yourself the following questions when determining the most efficient and affordable IT monitoring technologies.
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