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Escape the Dark Ages of Poor Network Performance and Low Availability

Escape the Dark Ages of Poor Network Performance and Low Availability

Most people tend to associate the Dark Ages with horrible things like war, famine, disease and Monty Python but they probably don’t associate it with network performance and availability issues. Unless that person happens to be an IT administrator. For this group, the Dark Ages take on a whole other meaning. It’s about having difficulty addressing problems with availability and performance of their network, applications and servers.

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An Introduction to the 9 Noble Truths of Network, Server and Application Monitoring: Part 2


You can’t afford downtime in today’s non-stop world. Aberdeen Group’s research found that between June 2010 and February 2012 the cost per hour of downtime increased by 38%. As organizations continue to automate and rely on the network to get business done, the increase cost of downtime will only continue to rise. Every type of company relies on an application on a network to complete some aspect of its work process—and a stop there means a stop to business.

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What IT Roles and Skills Should Live in the Business? (CIO event recap)

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The trouble with such approaches is that it also often silos IT, and many times the business will come back with a need to integrate a hastily purchased product, or even to get it to run. The lesson is: deep partnership between IT and the Business, continually optimized, is needed. If IT is truly enabling, it will not be viewed just as a gate-keeper but as a partner.

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Overcome Challenges of Campus Wireless Network Performance


A university network supports a broad population of students, faculty and others who all rely on a wireless network to do their work. Consider the user population. A big segment of it grew up with the Internet. And they have little patience for dead spots that don’t provide access to it.

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13 Network Nightmares That Turn Your Office into a House of Horrors

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Halloween represents the time of year that we embrace ghouls and ghosts, celebrate the macabre, and eat too much candy. This coming Thursday I’ll be greeted at my front door by trick or treat’ers, lined up for their packaged sugar rushes. In between trips to the check out the little ghosts and ghouls, I’ll be watching one of my favorite horror movies. For me, being scared is part of the fun. However, for sysadmins and network managers, Halloween plays itself out every day of the year. So what better time to visit the issues that turn your server rooms into your own personal house of horrors? We know no two networks are exactly alike, so we focused on 13 network nightmares that represent the common hauntings of every server room. The number alone signifies something to be wary of. Some buildings don’t have a 13th floor. Any Friday that falls on the 13th […]

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