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Michael Jannery

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Some of the network gear vendors cast a wary look at network management vendors, particularly those who do continual, automatic discovery of the network inventory and connectivity.  Why? We know what’s actually out there, and what’s actually being used. We had one customer in the insurance industry who was due to renew their maintenance agreement with a large, well-known network gear vendor. The typical scenario was to be handed a spreadsheet by the salesperson, listing the serial numbers of the network devices they had purchased, together with a summary of maintenance charges. Prior to the meeting, the network manager ran an inventory report sing Entuity, and – not uncommonly – discovered that the list of devices under maintenance as tracked by the network hardware vendor did not match the list of devices currently running.  In fact, they were considerably off. 30,... (more)

The Four Levels of Event Management By @MJannery | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

From Elementary to Enterprise, the Four Levels of Event Management Once at a trade show I was challenged by someone who used a low-priced SMB tool to monitor his network of about 50 devices. He insisted it could do everything Entuity could do, for example, it offered event management just like ours. Well…not quite. Lots of vendors offer event management but dig deeper and you’ll likely find that they fall at one of four levels: Rudimentary (or “Red Light/Green Light”) Tools: These simply list all of the devices in inventory and report whether a device (or port) is up or down. O... (more)

The Non-Tangibles Become Tangible By @Entuity | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

We recently changed over the entire phone system in our London office.  After four years, the equipment failed, and it was time to update.  As we did so, we also changed vendors.  Why? It occurred to us that, for four years, we had put up with horrible support – we were the victims of fraud at one point, and the vendor did nothing to support us with the main telecom provider.  The phone system could go down for a day before they came out to repair it.  No big deal, right?  What high tech software company needs to communicate to the outside world? So it was time to put in a new ph... (more)

Networking in 2015 - SDN and IPv6 | Part 2 By @MJannery [#SDN]

In Part 1, I shared my thoughts on SDN in 2015, after reading Sean Michael Kerner’s article in Enterprise Networking Planet.  This post will cover a few of my thoughts on IPv6. Once the initial scares surrounding IPv4 address exhaustion passed, enterprises have taken a relaxed attitude to deploying IPv6 (if they deploy it at all).  Given that there are sufficient IPv4 addresses for enterprises to use internally and well proven solutions for implementing NAT at the LAN/WAN boundary, there doesn’t appear to be a compelling reason for enterprises to adopt IPv6 internally in 2015.  ... (more)

Relief for Licensing Headaches By @MJannery [#SDN]

Licensing creates some major headaches for network managers, so I wasn’t surprised to read in a recent SearchNetworking article that “simplified licensing and billing” made the IT wish list for 2015. In the network management space, frustrations revolve around which licensing model to buy (e.g., by device, object, etc.), controlling the price of licenses, and finally, deploying and administering them. Entuity’s licensing approach addresses all three areas, emphasizing ease and customization. Here I’ll focus on deployment and administration. (You can read about our attitude towar... (more)