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All posts by Alex Henthorn-Iwane

Understanding Internet Exchanges via the DE-CIX Outage

Posted by on April 13th, 2018
April 13th, 2018

Internet Exchanges (IX) play an important “efficiency” role in the practical matter of physically connecting the networks that comprise the Internet. IXs are facilities that provide space, power and connectivity to member networks—typically Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecom, cable and mobile carriers, content providers, web enterprises and sophisticated enterprises such as large financial services companies. This infrastructure is used by these networks to arrange peerings exchange regional, national and/or international IP traffic. By being able to peer with many different networks in one facility, networks can cost-effectively gain lower-latency connections than if they had to reach those networks via multiple transit hops. The availability of multiple peerings also increases network and transit path resiliency. … Read More »

What can ISP pilot tests predict about the future of your SD-WAN?

Posted by on April 12th, 2018
April 12th, 2018

Okay, so where’s this coming from? I recently had a conversation with an unnamed analyst from an unnamed, large analyst firm whose name starts with a letter between E and J (haha gotcha!). We were discussing the move to SaaS, SD-WAN and Direct Internet Access from branch offices, and how variable behavior of Internet connectivity in various parts of the world is causing real problems with cloud adoption and WAN modernization. He was telling me that in a number of inquiries held with large enterprises, that consternation caused by unpredictable behavior is causing network teams to demand multi-month pilots with ISPs for office locations in Asia-Pacific and other regions.… Read More »

A Tale of Two Trading Sites Told by Network Monitoring

Posted by on February 22nd, 2018
February 22nd, 2018

How can network monitoring help understand online trading website performance? In the first days of February, 2018 the stock market went on a bit of wild ride, with high levels of volatility amidst heavy trading sessions. On February 5th, the Dow skidded almost 1600 points before recovering slightly to a loss of 1175 points for the day—its worst daily point drop ever. Asian markets soon experienced their own swoon. Then on February 6, U.S. markets bounced back—regaining nearly 570 points, while the FTSE experienced its biggest drop since Brexit. As of February 9, the volatility continued.… Read More »

How JLL Ensures Performance of Business Critical Applications

Posted by on January 4th, 2018
January 8th, 2018

In this update from ThousandEyes Connect in Chicago, we’ll summarize the presentation made by Jim McKinstry, Global Project Manager at JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle). McKinstry explained how ThousandEyes helps his team to maintain the performance of business critical applications that are at the heart of their worldwide $6B real-estate management and professional services business.… Read More »

Gartner’s Take on Unified Communications Monitoring

Posted by on November 15th, 2017
November 15th, 2017

In the Market Guide for Unified Communications Monitoring (UCM) published by Gartner on October 18, 2017, analysts Vivek Bhalla and Rafael Benitez give their take on UCM needs, pitfalls, and planning assumptions; provide guidance on how to invest in a UCM solution, and list ThousandEyes as a representative vendor. If you are feeling the need for better UC visibility, read on to get the skinny.… Read More »