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What’s Your Biggest Networking Challenge?
Are your applications spinning out of control? Is social media chewing up all your bandwidth? Is BYOD causing problems on your network? Do you have visibility of all the applications on your network?

Watch our video from our latest event with Exinda at The National Space Centre in Leicester where our technical specialists shared knowledge and expertise to help customers with their biggest networking challenges.

Got a question or need advice on how to tackle your networking challenges? Please get in touch at info@netutils.com or visit www.netutils.com/exinda.php for more on Exinda’s Wan Orchestration.

Want your network to run more smoothly? Here’s 4 ways to do it.

MalcolmBy Malcolm Orekoya, Senior Technical Consultant at Netutils

Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by Malcolm Orekoya. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company.

With user demand increasing at a rapid rate businesses are spending more and more time and money keeping their networks running and highly available. Investment is now consistently made in redundancy everywhere. Two or more of everything in the network is now normal practice; dual routers, dual firewalls, stacked switches, dual ISP’s, multiple application server, dual power inputs etcetera. All this redundancy will no doubt keep the network uptime high, but will it necessarily keep things running smoothly?
Here are 4 tips worth considering:

  1. Optimum Use of Resources

What is the point of having huge bandwidth, the fastest network with great big servers everywhere if you cannot make the best use of them? Allowing ALL types of traffic/users/applications (the good, the bad and the ugly) through your network without any visibility, policing or prioritisation of business critical services and applications, essentially amounts to a waste of all that investment that you’ve put into providing the robust network in the first place. There are good and bad users as well as good and bad applications both inside and outside of your network and they will always seek to utilise or take advantage of any open, free or unpoliced resources they can get hold of. As C-level executives, IT Managers, Network Managers or IT Administrators, it is your responsibility to make sure you can make the best use of your network resources to provide the best user experience, while preventing malicious usage and controlling the usage of unimportant (low priority) application/traffic.

  1. A Proactive Network

Historically network management has always been very reactive in its approach to dealing with network problems and network traffic utilisation. In general, until there’s a problem (usually reported by users) to investigate, everything is considered to be working and traffic is considered to be “normal”. Ever thought of a “learning network”? A network that can monitor the types of traffic coming in and going out, identify applications and users where applicable and even inform you about changes in the types of applications passing through your network when compared to what is normal (i.e. the baseline). A network that can monitor applications and server response times then proactively alert you based on a traffic light system “Red-Amber-Green” highlighting potential issues. A network that can provide you with recommendations on optimum policies to apply to your network based on your traffic and not just wait for you to figure it out (usually only after there is an issue to troubleshoot). It might sound a bit futuristic, but the good news is, it’s not. All of these elements that make up “a proactive network”, already exist in the Exinda Network Orchestrator solutions.

  1. Application Performance Monitoring

Almost everything within a network today comes down to two thing; applications and services. All the infrastructure that underpins everything boils down to providing some sort of application and or service to a user somewhere. Therefore it can be said that keeping the user experience good and ultimately the user happy comes down to making sure the application or service is performing optimally. To do this you first need to have complete visibility of all applications running through your network. Then you need to be able monitor the most critical applications to your business (usually productivity applications) and establish a baseline of what can be considered “normal”. You then need to be able to observe when these applications start not performing optimally and very quickly figure out why that is the case. Scrolling through pages of log data will not speed up this process, so most importantly you need something that can do all of this for you easily and provide that information back to you in simple (ideally) graphical format.

  1. Speedy Troubleshooting

By making sure your network resources are used optimally and your network proactively informs you of the performance and utilisation of your network applications; you will already have decreased the time it takes to troubleshoot network issues. Having done all this however, it is important to have a monitoring tool available to you that can instantly provide real time analysis of traffic passing through your network as well as being able to look instantly at historic utilisation data for comparison. This will inevitably speed up troubleshooting and reduce downtime.

Want to know more? Please get in touch. info@netutils.com

If you’re responsible for managing your company network bandwidth we would like to personally invite you to join our free half day technical workshop on Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK. For more information and to sign up visit: http://www.netutils.com/exindaSpace.php

About Malcolm
As Senior Technical Presales Consultant at Netutils Malcolm consults and advises on specialist IT Networking, Security and Service Management requirements.

 

Exinda: The Business Case for WAN Orchestration

Do you need improved visibility & control of your WAN traffic to maximise user experience & network performance? Watch our short video blog on the key features of Exinda’s WAN Orchestration. The webinar referenced in this video will be available on this blog shortly.

Exinda Video : Troubleshooting Network Problems

When users complain that their apps aren’t performing properly, you need to take action to solve the problem quickly.

ExindaBlogWatch this demo from our partners at Exinda and find out how to:

  • Diagnose and solve the most common network problems
  • Pinpoint which applications and users are causing network performance issues
  • Apply policies that control traffic at a user and application level
  • Monitor apps, users, and conversations on the network in real time

Learn how to troubleshoot #network problems faster with @exinda join our webinar 11am 10th September.

WAN Orchestration Boot Camp with Exinda

Take a look behind the scenes at The Cabinet War Rooms in London where we ran a free technical boot camp with Exinda for network and IT Managers. The event gave attendees 1-2-1 access to Netutils and Exinda technical experts, helping them learn essential tips to keep their networks running and apps performing well. All attendees qualified for a free network health check. Please visit netutils.com for details of our next technical boot camp.

Employees watching sport at work are chewing up your network bandwidth

Some early stats from Exinda’s World Cup Viewing Survey are in and make interesting reading!

Cheering woman under brazilian flag91% of users polled are watching the World Cup at work

58% are watching 4-8 games per week, equaling 6-12 hours worth of streaming video

48% of respondents are watching on their laptops


28% are streaming on their smart phones

28% are watching on their desktop computers

15% are watching on their tablets

78% are checking their phones or tablets for score updates

Only 10% of respondents say that their IT department has blocked access to the games

See more here.

Join our FREE technical boot camp in central London with Exinda on Wednesday 9th July at The Cabinet War Rooms and learn essential hints and tips to keep your network running and your apps performing. All attendees qualify for a FREE network health check. Visit our website for more information and to register: http://www.netutils.com/exindaEvent.php
Are you responsible for managing your company’s network?
Join Netutils’ free technical boot camp in central London on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at the Cabinet War Rooms and learn essential tips to keep your network running and your apps performing well. All attendees qualify for a free network health check. Visit our website for further information and to reserve your seat. – See more at: http://www.exinda.com/blog/troubleshoot-network-problems/understanding-your-wan-helps-troubleshoot-problems-faster/#sthash.lx1ggaoa.dpuf

Control Illegal Downloading in 3 minutes

Our customers tell us BitTorrent alone can consume up to 55% of their Internet bandwidth. Video and social media content can also be dangerous.

Our partners Exinda made a short video on how to check if this is happening on your network and how to quickly fix the problem.  We thought you might be interested in taking a peek.

If you are responsible for managing your company network bandwidth and have concerns about internet bandwidth consumption then please join our FREE technical boot camp in central London on Wednesday 9th July at The Cabinet War Rooms and learn essential hints and tips to keep your network running and your apps performing. All attendees qualify for a FREE network health check. Visit our website here for more information and to book. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We look forward to seeing you!