Infosim® Announces Release of StableNet® 7.5

Infosim StableNet Network Monitoring SoftwareInfosim®, the technology leader in automated Service Fulfillment and Service Assurance solutions, today announced the release of version 7.5 of its award-winning software suite StableNet® for Telco and Enterprise customers.

StableNet® 7.5 provides a significant number of powerful new features, including:

  • Dynamic Rule Generation (DRG); a new and revolutionary Fault Management concept
  • REST interface supporting the new StableNet® iPhone (and upcoming Android) app
  • Highly customizable dashboard in both the GUI and Web Portal
  • Enabling integration with SDN/NFV element managers
  • NCCM structurer enabling creation of optimized and well-formatted device configurations
  • New High-Availability (HA) infrastructure based on Linux HA technology
  • Syslog & Trap Forwarding enabling integration of legacy systems that rely on their original trap & syslog data
  • Open Alarms GeoMap enabling geographical representation of open alarms

StableNet® version 7.5 is available for purchase now. Customers with current maintenance contracts may upgrade free of charge as per the terms and conditions of their contract.

Supporting Quotes:

Jim Duster, CEO Infosim® ,Inc.

“We are happy that our newest release is again full of innovative features like DRG. Our customers are stating this new DRG feature will help them receive a faster ROI by improving automation in their fault management area and dramatically increase the speed of Root-Cause Analysis.”

Download the release notes here

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Infosim® Global Webinar Day October 29th, 2015 StableNet® 7.5 – What’s New?

Infosim® Global Webinar Day October 29th, 2015 StableNet® 7.5 - What's New?

Join Harald Hoehn, Senior Developer and Consultant with Infosim®, for a Webinar and Live Demo on the latest information regarding StableNet® 7.5

This Webinar will provide insight into:

StableNet® 7.5 New Features such as:

  • New Web Portal [Live Demo]
  • New Alarm Dashboard [Live Demo]
  • New NCCM Structurer [Live Demo]
  • DRG (Dynamic Rule Generation) as a new and revolutionary Fault Management concept

StableNet® 7.5 Enhancements such as:

  • Enhanced Weather Maps [Live Demo]
  • Improved Trap- and Syslog-Forwarding [Live Demo]
  • Advanced Netflow Features [Live Demo]
  • Enhanced Support for SDN

But wait – there is more! We are giving away three Amazon Gift Cards (value $50) on this Global Webinar Day. To join the draw, simply answer the trivia question that will be part of the questionnaire at the end of the Webinar. Good Luck!

Infosim® Global Webinar Day October 29th, 2015 StableNet® 7.5 - What's New?
(Take a look at our previous Webinars here.)

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NetFort LANGuardian Provides Visibility into SolarWinds

If you use SolarWinds and are looking for more visibility into security incidents, alerts and granular detail LANGuardian can integrate with SolarWinds NPM monitoring the traffic flowing through the network, giving you a comprehensive network monitoring package.

Netfort LANGuardian integrates with SolarWinds giving you visibility into all network and user activity across your network. With LANGuardian integration you get a single of pane of glass view of network operations and security. All the data is retained in its own built in database for months and does not have any performance impact on your SolarWinds deployment.

Here are the top reasons SolarWinds customers integrate with LANGuardian:

  1. Looking for a Network security tab and more visibility into suspicious activity or security incidents.
  2. Lack of granularity, actual proof when troubleshooting problems especially traffic/bandwidth/Internet. NTA not providing the detail required.
  3. No NetFlow available. Prospects want to see what is happening inside their networks, not just at the network edge but do not have Netflow or Netflow devices where visibility is required.
  4. Need to monitor activity on remote sites but do NOT want any extra traffic over expensive WAN links.
  5. Want to see usernames in reports and immediately see who is responsible for an event or traffic. IP address and machine names are no longer enough.
  6. Need to access historical metadata for forensics and investigating network, user and security incidents. Examples include finding the source of ransomware, who accidentally deleted or moved a folder or who is hogging all the bandwidth and detail on how.

You can access a live SolarWinds NPM system complete with the NetFort integration here: http://demo2.netfort.com/Orion/SummaryView.aspx?viewid=1

3 Key Cloud Monitoring Metrics

Reliably Measure Performance, and Ensure Effective Monitoring in the Cloud

When adopting monitoring strategies for cloud services, it’s important to establish performance metrics and baselines. This involves going beyond vendor-provided data, to ensure your monitoring tools provide:

Taking a holistic approach ensures your staff can manage any performance issue and provide proof to cloud providers if their systems are the cause of the issue.

CLOUD MONITORING CHALLENGES

The primary issue with ensuring reliable cloud performance revolves around the lack of metrics for monitoring the Service Level Agreement (SLA) and performance. Understanding these issues is critical for developing successful monitoring strategies.

HERE ARE A FEW COMMON CHALLENGES

Obtaining Application Performance Agreements

While vendors will highlight service or resource availability in their SLAs, application performance metrics or expectations are typically absent. In the case of Salesforce.com, SLAs (if one is provided) discuss downtime, but there aren’t any performance guarantees.

Lack of Performance Metrics

Similar to SLAs, organizations should not expect vendors to provide any meaningful performance metrics beyond service and resource availability. If managers rely on trust.salesforce.com to track CRM service performance and availability, they are limited to:

  • Monitoring server status
  • Transactions handled
  • Server processing speed

These reports fail to provide meaningful performance metrics to evaluate service degradation issues or to isolate problems to the cloud vendor.

No Meaningful Performance Benchmarks

Most Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors don’t offer any benchmarks or averages that allow you to forecast potential performance or service demand. While Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) vendors will provide cloud performance benchmarks, these numbers don’t take into account:

  • Internet latency
  • The location of your users to the services
  • Your network environment

The challenge is to properly benchmark and create meaningful metrics for your organization.

These challenges require organizations to take a holistic approach to monitoring by implementing solutions that allow them to seamlessly view external components and performance as if they were a part of their internal network.

EFFECTIVE CLOUD MONITORING STRATEGIES

Given the lack of metrics to assess performance for a specific organization, how do engineers successfully manage user interaction with cloud services?

ENSURE SERVICE PERFORMANCE

While SLAs may not guarantee performance, cloud vendors should take action when clear proof shows their systems are the source of the problem.

How can you ensure reliable performance?

Set up synthetic transactions to execute a specific process on the cloud provider’s site. By regularly conducting these transactions, monitoring routes and response times, you can pinpoint the potential source of delay between the internal network, ISP, and cloud provider. This data along with web error codes can be provided to the cloud vendor to help them resolve issues.

Network teams should have a true view of performance that tracks packets from the user over the ISP to the cloud provider, including any cloud-hosted components.

OVERCOME LACK OF PERFORMANCE METRICS

Depending upon the service, vendors will provide varying levels of detail. The type of service also impacts what you can monitor.

What metrics can you use?

In the case of SaaS, you can monitor user interactions and synthetic transactions, and rely on vendor-provided reports.

For PaaS, monitoring solutions such as Observer Infrastructure provide significant performance metrics. These metrics can be viewed alongside response time metrics for a more complete picture of service health.

In the case of IaaS, you have access to the server’s operating system and applications. In addition to polling performance metrics of cloud components, analysis devices can be placed on the cloud server for an end-to-end view of performance.

ADDRESS PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS

With monitoring systems in place, it’s important to baseline response times and cloud component performance. They can help you become proactive in your management strategy. How can you use baselines?

Using these baselines, you can set meaningful benchmarks for your specific organization. From this point, alarms can be set to proactively alert teams of degrading performance. Utilizing long-term packet capture, you can investigate performance from the user to the cloud and isolate potential problems.

Thanks to Network Instruments for the article.

Ixia Study Finds That Hidden Dangers Remain within Enterprise Network Virtualization Implementations

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of application performance and security resilience solutions, announced global survey results demonstrating that while most companies believe virtualization technology is a strategic priority, there are clear risks that need to be addressed. Ixia surveyed more than 430 targeted respondents in South and North America (50 percent), APAC (26 percent) and EMEA (24 percent).

The accompanying report titled, The State of Virtualization for Visibility Architecture™ 2015 highlights key findings from the survey, including:

  • Virtualization technology could create an environment for hidden dangers within enterprise networks. When asked about top virtualization concerns, over one third of respondents said they were concerned with their ability (or lack thereof) to monitor the virtual environment. In addition, only 37 percent of the respondents noted they are monitoring their virtualized environment in the same manner as their physical environment. This demonstrates that there is insufficient monitoring of virtual environments. At the same time, over 2/3 of the respondents are using virtualization technology for their business-critical applications. Without proper visibility, IT is blind to any business-critical east-west traffic that is being passed between the virtual machines.
  • There are knowledge gaps regarding the use of visibility technology in virtual environments. Approximately half of the respondents were unfamiliar with common virtualization monitoring technology – such as virtual tap and network packet brokers. This finding indicates an awareness gap about the technology itself and its ability to alleviate concerns around security, performance and compliance issues. Additionally, less than 25 percent have a central group responsible for collecting and monitoring data, which leads to a higher probability for a lack of consistent monitoring and can pose a huge potential for improper monitoring.
  • Virtualization technology adoption is likely to continue at its current pace for the next two years. Almost 75 percent of businesses are using virtualization technology in their production environment, and 65 percent intend to increase their use of virtualization technology in the next two years
  • Visibility and monitoring adoption is likely to continue growing at a consistent pace. The survey found that a large majority (82 percent) agree that monitoring is important. While 31 percent of respondents indicated they plan on maintaining current levels of monitoring capabilities, nearly 38 percent of businesses plan to increase their monitoring capabilities over the next two years.

“Virtualization can bring companies incredible benefits – whether in the form of cost or time saved,” said Fred Kost, Vice President of Security Solutions Marketing, Ixia. “At Ixia, we recognize the importance of this technology transformation, but also understand the risks that are involved. With our solutions, we are able to give organizations the necessary visibility so they are able to deploy virtualization technology with confidence.”

Download the full research report here.

Ixia's The State of Virtualization for Visibility Achitectures 2015

Thanks to Ixia for the article.

JDSU’s Network Instruments Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Second Consecutive Year

Ranking Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute in Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Market

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 23, 2015 – Network Instruments®, a JDSU Performance Management Solution (NASDAQ: JDSU), has been positioned as a Leader in the new Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD). In the Gartner, Inc. report, Network Instruments is recognized as a network performance management leader in its category for completeness of vision and ability to execute. The Gartner Magic Quadrant is considered one of the tech industry’s most influential evaluations of enterprise network solutions.

Organizations, specifically network managers, require the visibility and insight NPMD solutions provide to enable staff to anticipate performance constraints before they impact service levels of critical initiatives as well as to guarantee user productivity. As the report notes, “At an estimated $1.1 billion, the NPMD market is a fast-growing segment of the larger network management space ($1.9 billion in 2013), and overlaps slightly with aspects of the application performance monitoring (APM) space ($2.4 billion in 2013).”1

“Measuring and reporting on the performance of the network is crucial to ensuring that performance is maintained at an acceptable level,” wrote Gartner analyst Vivek Bhalla in Technology Overview for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics, September 2014. “NPMD tools are also needed to highlight opportunities to enhance business value for internal end users and external customers through improved application delivery. Finally, NPMD tools enable improved capacity management, thereby lowering capital investment for networking equipment and services.”

“We believe being named a leader by Gartner for both years of the NPMD Magic Quadrant validates our continued commitment to helping enterprise customers thrive in rapidly changing network and cloud environments,” said Bruce Clark vice president & general manager at JDSU. “Enterprise network teams rely on us to provide in-depth understanding and analytics of the user experience from the network, application, and cloud to speed up problem resolution and optimize performance.”

Network Instruments current NPMD solution is the Observer® Performance Management Platform consisting of Observer Apex™, Observer Management Server, Observer GigaStor™, Observer Analyzer, Observer Infrastructure, Observer Matrix™ and Observer nTAPs™ products.

Disclaimer:
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

1Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics, by Gartner Analysts Vivek Bhalla, Colin Fletcher and Gary Spivek, February 10, 2015.

Thanks to JDSU for the article. 

Infosim Global Webinar Day- A View Of Infosim® StableNet®

It´s good to be #1!

A view of Infosim® StableNet® based on criteria and results of the EMA Radar™ for Enterprise Network Availability Monitoring System (ENAMS): Q3 2014

Join John Olson, VP Technical Services Americas and Paul Krochenski, Regional Manager for a webinar on: “A view of Infosim® StableNet® based on criteria and results of the EMA Radar™ on ENAMS: Q3 2014”. This webinar will provide you with comprehensive insight into the strengths and advantages of Infosim® StableNet® based on the following criteria of the EMA Radar™ on ENAMS:

  • Deployment & Administration
  • Cost Advantage
  • Architecture & Integration
  • Functionality
  • Vendor Strength

A recording of this webinar as well as a free download of the “EMA Radar™ for ENAMS Summary and Infosim® Profile” will be available to all who register!

Register today and reserve your seat in the desired timezone:

AMERICAS, Thursday, September 25th, 3:00pm – 3:45pm EDT (GMT-4)
EUROPE, Thursday, September 25th, 3:00pm – 3:45pm CEST (GMT+2)
APAC, Thursday, September 25th, 4:00pm – 4:45pm SGT (GMT+8)

Thanks to Infosim for the article.