Choosing the Right Network Management Tools

Virtualization can add a potential blindspot for network administrators that only the right network tools can fix.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Jul 21, 2010
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In this article, Richard Thurston looks at how networking technology has evolved to accommodate the latest advances in enterprise IT. According to the article details, the demands of network management have changed radically and without the right network management tools, virtualization adds a layer of abstraction and therefore a potential blindspot for network administrators.

"Infrastructure rationalisation is also enabled by a new type of convergence. This is not the convergence of voice and data (nor fixed and mobile) that has been on the agenda of many businesses, but the convergence of storage, servers and networking in one architecture.

"Those vendors that are selling or developing new converged equipment – such as HP, Cisco and Hitachi Data Systems to name three – argue that convergence can reduce enterprises’ power consumption (providing cost savings and helping drive their green agenda), reduce capital expenditure in the datacentre and decrease server footprint."

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