4 ways next generation NPMD solutions reduce risk in network transitions

Forced to keep pace with rapidly emerging business requirements, networks are changing faster than ever. The business-facing side of networking is under continuous pressure to do more, in more places, faster. Challenging as it is, the network-to-business interaction is simpler than what is going on behind the scenes, as network professionals transform almost every area of their networks to meet new demands.

New technologies such as cloud, NFV and SDN are turning traditional networks into hybrid ones. In fact, Gartner predicts that cloud infrastructure services will grow 35.9 percent in 2018, and IDC predicts that SD-WAN adoption will grow at a 40.4 percent CAGR from 2017 to 2022. These numbers imply a great deal of change in networks, change that introduces significant risk of service disruption from minor – a few inconvenienced users – to major – significant outages visible to customers and executives. Reducing the risk during significant transitions is critical. That’s where network performance management and diagnostics (NPMD) products play a significant role.

For example, imagine rolling out a critical new cloud-based financial service without understanding the impact on the rest of the network. Or, what about troubleshooting voice or video call quality without being able to see the path of the packets? Whether you’re monitoring applications in the data center, cloud and edge, or gathering critical QoS and end user experience information, NPMD solutions offer continuous insights, service assurance, and control. All of this leads to a deeper understanding of the entire network and reduce the risk of disruption during transitions.

There are four areas on which to focus your NPMD solution to meet these requirements:

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