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Network Engineer’s Guide to Reducing Mean Time to Resolution

on 10/16/18 8:00 AM By | Tim O'Neill | 0 Comments | Network Management Network Design
The days of siloed IT infrastructures are quickly ending as services, applications and network components become more interdependent. IT infrastructures are becoming more complex and it’s falling on your shoulders to keep mean time to resolution (MTTR) metrics at a reasonable level. Research shows that the average MTTR in medium-density desktop support centers is nearly 10 hours—but this doesn’t paint a complete picture of the problem.
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When A Simple SPAN Port Is Enough

on 9/11/18 8:00 AM By | Timothy Schmidt | 0 Comments | Network Management TAPs vs SPAN
The two most common ways to access and replicate data within your network are TAP and SPAN technology. A Test Access Point (TAP) is a hardware device that copies all of your network data. SPAN or Switch Port Analyzer are mirroring ports within a switch that copies specific data. Network TAPs are always an industry best practice but in a few specific situations when a SPAN port suffices. When monitoring products are looking for low bandwidth application layer events like “conversation or connection analysis,” “application flows,” and applications where real time and knowing real delta times are not important. SPAN could also be used in a remote location that doesn’t justify a permanent deployment, offering temporary access for troubleshooting. 
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Detect The 5 Common Threats Of Network Downtime

Network downtime is a costly reality of running a business, and unfortunately, it’s more likely to happen to you than not. If Google, Amazon and the United States Government have dealt with such issues, it’s a safe bet that you’re going to run into them as well.
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How to Connect your Inline Application Monitoring Tools in 5 Steps

It goes without saying, but proper application monitoring is a critical component of sound network management. Let the following example show you:
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Fiber Optical Networking

Greater Data Speeds but New Challenges to Consider As we begin seeing much higher bandwidth speeds for data communications using fiber optical connections and enter into the non-linear world of photonic communications, many things will change from understanding the basic physics of non-linear photonic communications to the increased need for better plant build-outs, an understanding of optical budgets (referencing signal to noise requirements), maintenance, and a much higher requirement for documentation and record keeping.
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When QUIC isn't so Quick

on 8/15/17 8:00 AM By | Tony Fortunato | 0 Comments | Network Management
In the beginning, SPDY, an open networking protocol developed primarily at Google for transporting web content was supported on Internet Explorer and Chrome web browsers through a default setting.  The core developers of SPDY were involved in the development of HTTP/2. Back in February 2015, Google announced that as a result of the final ratification of the HTTP/2 standard, support for SPDY would be deprecated, and that support for SPDY was withdrawn completely in 2016. Let me show you how to disable SPDY in Internet Explorer and QUIC in Chrome.
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