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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 »

Monitoring Office 365

Posted by on April 4th, 2018
April 16th, 2018

Is my network ready for Microsoft Office 365? How do I monitor network performance and ensure a flawless user experience across my entire user base, regardless of whether they are on my network or out on the Internet? These are the questions plaguing many adopters of the Office 365 suite, which includes Exchange Online and Sharepoint Online. … Read More »

Modern Wide Area Network Monitoring: Migrating to DIA

Posted by on March 29th, 2018
March 29th, 2018

In my last post in this mini-series, I covered why so many customers we’re talking to are considering migrating away from MPLS and the journey to SD-WAN. In this follow-up post on wide area network monitoring, we’ll look at the growing pains associated with migrating to Direct Internet Access (DIA). Regardless of whether you choose to implement a more basic branch DIA architecture using per-site policy routing, or an SD-WAN, moving away from MPLS networking creates a major challenge and one which all of the customers I’ve been speaking to recently have been wrestling with.… Read More »

Modern Wide Area Network Monitoring: Migrating from MPLS

Posted by on March 21st, 2018
March 29th, 2018

Working at ThousandEyes I frequently talk to customers looking to move away from MPLS wide area networks to direct internet access (DIA), typically as part of a branch/edge router refresh and often incorporating cloud proxy and SD-WAN technologies. The success of these network transformations generally depends on uncovering issues related to a greater reliance on 3rd parties for application delivery early on, creating proof points with impartial data and enabling workflows to proactively manage such issues.… Read More »

Does AWS Direct Connect Guarantee Cloud Performance?

Posted by on March 13th, 2018
March 20th, 2018

On Friday, March 2nd we saw a severe outage across Amazon AWS’ US-East-1 region, located in Ashburn, VA. This outage impacted Amazon’s very own Alexa along with multiple apps and services hosted within the IaaS provider, including Slack, Twilio and Atlassian JIRA. Although the infrastructure recovered very quickly from what was a weather-related power outage, we saw prolonged and cascading impacts on many software applications and services running on AWS.… 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 »

Automating Performance Monitoring at Microsoft

Posted by on April 27th, 2017
April 27th, 2017

Last week we took ThousandEyes Connect to the road and visited Seattle, bringing together network engineers, architects and site reliability teams to discuss network performance. Scott Hinckley, Sr. Site Reliability Engineer for Microsoft Dynamics 365, opened up the morning presentations.… Read More »

What Is Net Neutrality?

Posted by on April 18th, 2017
April 18th, 2017

Over the past 3 years, net neutrality has been a hot political topic as the Obama and Trump administrations have taken diverging positions. Most recently, with a repeal of 2015 privacy protections, the Trump Administration has signalled a move away from the principle of net neutrality. … Read More »

Best Practices to Combat Route Leaks and Hijacks

Posted by on January 26th, 2017
January 26th, 2017

In past blogs, we’ve explored how you can alert for and diagnose BGP route leaks and hijacks. Route leaks and hijacks—routing events where illegitimate prefixes are wrongly propagated through the Internet—are notoriously difficult to troubleshoot and have the potential to bring down entire swaths of the Internet.… Read More »

What Does Collective Intelligence Mean for Network Ops?

Posted by on January 4th, 2017
February 10th, 2017

Over the past year, we’ve witnessed the development of a new and important movement in the networking community: Collective Intelligence. While the meaning of Collective Intelligence has evolved, its emergence indicates an increasingly apparent need for useful data collected from a variety of vantage points, that is efficiently analyzed to produce actionable insights.… Read More »