Bandwidth problems and downtime? There's a tester for that

09 February 2021

The tester in action

The tester in action

A growing need to measure the maximum bandwidth available on networks, identify bottlenecks, and then find ways to increase bandwidth presents network technicians with new challenges. One such challenge is working out which type of tester will enable them to overcome these issues, all while keeping costs under control. For network technicians and systems integrators in this situation, Dan Barrera, global product Manager for Ideal Networks has some advice.

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Navigating the network test and measurement jungle

03 February 2021

David Griffiths, independent consultant 

David Griffiths, independent consultant 

In this complex world, information generates more revenue and profit than any other market sector. The current global pandemic is affecting the Internet more than ever before. The rise of online video conferencing and collaborative applications drives user expectation to match. Adding to this mix is the challenge faced by network administrators, often working from home, doing all they can to provide the highest service quality to staff and customers alike.

Fortunately, a wide range of appliances and software applications is available to help identify issues across the Internet right down to the end user who may also be working from home.

 

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It’s time to take DCIM to the next level

20 January 2021

Paul Milburn, chief product officer, EkkoSense

Paul Milburn, chief product officer, EkkoSense

One thing that’s certain is that data centre teams will be kept increasingly busy in 2021 as they’re asked to extract even more performance from existing data centre assets. This will continue to be challenging – particularly as organisations work to accommodate the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

While legacy Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools are useful at helping data centre operations teams manage their facilities, many find them limited when it comes to the kind of deep data analysis needed to really optimise performance at the mechanical and electrical level.

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Mitigating cyber-attacks with better DNS Security

12 November 2020

Ronan David, vice president, strategy, EfficientIP

Ronan David, vice president, strategy, EfficientIP

DNS attacks based on distributed, multi-vector and multi-stage assault modes have become highly sophisticated. Traditional security solutions such as firewalls, anti-DoS or IPS have not adapted to effectively ensure DNS availability and integrity.

They have proved to be insufficient against cyber-attacks such as data exfiltration via DNS, DNS hijacking, amplification and reflection attacks and DNS flooding. Even worse, they present a high risk of blocking legitimate clients.

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No data centre monitoring software is an island

06 November 2020

Michael O’Keeffe is the vice president of service for Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Michael O’Keeffe, VP of service, Vertiv EMEA

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. This maxim for life and business, credited to Benjamin Franklin, is as relevant today as it ever was, especially for data centre managers who are evaluating remote monitoring solutions for their infrastructure.

As businesses emerge cautiously from lockdown related to the global pandemic, many are reviewing their data center operations and thinking about how they would cope with a possible second wave, which already appears to have begun in some countries.

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