Are you really monitoring all of your network?
As networks become ever more critical to the operation of your business, complexity continues to increase. So you need to be sure that your monitoring platform is genuinely giving you visibility of the network devices. IP Fabric can help you answer the question “Am I…
Why “Network Automation”?
Recently I’ve found myself having conversations about just when and why network engineers should be considering a mode of operation we’ll describe as “Network Automation”. Networking folks are investing huge amounts of their own time learning about Python, APIs, and network device programmability to query…
Enriching your network tooling
In our last post, we discussed the complexity of the operational tooling ecosystem that we use to maintain and support networks. In particular we looked into the following areas: Configuration Performance Monitoring Event Management IT Service Management CMDB We discussed the gaps between the existing…
Mind the gaps in your network tooling!
The network is a distributed system whose raison d’etre is to deliver applications to your users in a reliable and timely way. In order to keep your network up and functioning, manageable and supportable, adaptable and secure, you need to maintain a set of tools…
Integration with the Operational Ecosystem
In every product conversation and demonstration, we are always at pains to point out that we discover and curate an incredible wealth of network data in our platform. That data is then available for you to query and visualise through the Web UI. And we…
10 ways to make your network run more smoothly
If I were to say that you could:
– Identify BGP peering instability;
– Spot Single Points of Failure;
– Verify end-to-end QoS
– Track down OSPF area inconsistencies
– Align FHRP and Spanning Tree
– Troubleshoot multicast forwarding
– Look for firewall bypass scenarios
– Identify 802.1X configuration issues
– Find end-of-life equipment
– Spot where users are having wireless woes
and without having to write Python scripts, Ansible playbooks and DIY, what would you say?
Curing Wireless Woes
As more organisations adapt their working practices to cope with an unpredictable office situation, so wireless networking becomes ever more important to allow access to networked services. Pervasive mobility is the name of the game with hot-desking and working from home being the requirements for…
Managing Network End of Life
Managing the lifecycle of your network equipment is a vital part of maintaining the security of your IT environment. Being able to verify that the equipment which underpins your IT is supportable, maintainable and replaceable should it fail is fundamental. But so few organisations really…
Declaration of Intent!
After presenting IP Fabric at Networking Field Day 23, a number of Twitter threads started probing at the idea of Intent-Based Networking (IBN) – is it simply a marketing term that vendors use to sell more gear or does it have a deeper meaning? And…
Can You Handle the Truth?
A lively debate sparked up after Networking Field Day 23, where we presented IP Fabric to a panel of delegates and hundreds of eager online viewers. Could we class our solution as a “Source of Truth” for the network? The conclusion was “Yes”. And “No”….