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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)

Networking in 2015 - SDN and IPv6 By @Entuity | @CloudExpo [#Cloud #SDN]

Networking in 2015 - SDN and IPv6 | Part 1 After reading Sean Michael Kerner’s article in Enterprise Networking Planet earlier this month, I thought I’d add a few thoughts of my own to what he wrote.  He discusses SDN and IPv6.   Here’s my take on Software Defined Networking (SDN) in 2015: Given the ongoing hype and the range of benefits its proponents extol, I expect to see a continued increase in interest and evaluation of SDN.  However with the ongoing battle between the major SDN vendors (OpenFlow, Cisco ACI, VMware NSX, Contrail, etc.) and the fear of ‘backing the wrong ho... (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)

Keeping Tabs on Network Devices By @MJannery [#SDN]

Here’s an article that shows how typical network connected devices can be cataloged and monitored using an off-the-shelf management application from Dell. Keeping tabs on the devices being used on an organization’s network in a centralized fashion can dramatically increase the efficiency of an IT team and help them rapidly respond to problems, sometimes even before the users are aware that one exists. At Entuity we regularly hear from those using our Network Management application that the way it allows those responsible for the network infrastructure to rapidly see what’s happ... (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)