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Issue Date: June 2007

Getting what you expected?

1 June 2007
Mike Zietsman, CEO, Opteq SA

Managing a network means managing application performance, security and network management.
The business of network management is a fairly complex one, but one of the biggest challenges to be experienced by organisations is the decision-making around the IT architecture, from content and security, to performance and management.
Often these decisions are left for the IT manager to make, or fall to the responsibility of one person within the company, but there are a number of other players within an organisation that must be involved. From the CFO, CIO, CTO, HR and even the CEO at times, all members of the business need to play a more active role in decisions around the management of the network infrastructure.
For example, issues around security of content, such as personal e-mail or viewing of pornography at work will become an HR issue, so it is important that HR management play a role in the setting up of agreements. At the same time, the senior management should have access to important business information to make decisions as they need to understand this data from a business point of view. The network infrastructure comprises three components application performance, security and network management which have traditionally been viewed as separate entities and managed as such.
This is largely a result of disparate niche products and skill sets that are incapable of scaling across the full spectrum of network management and the result is a siloed approach. In turn, this has led to the inability to avoid reduced efficiency with increased complexity, evade high management and administrative overheads or circumvent an increased cost of ownership.
The challenge organisations now face is that the functions of performance, security and management are converging, driven by the need for a manageable, holistic view of the network for each of the aforementioned responsible managers, as well as increased efficiency and throughput, true scalability and a measurable return on investment through cost reduction.
By utilising a single, holistic network-centric solution, running on one platform and with one interface, companies can perform end-to-end networking with improved visibility and control, effectively optimising resources and measurably increasing overall network efficiency and application performance.
A singular solution architecture of this type can realistically deliver true network management, providing a complete view of the network and allowing for monitoring, analysis and reporting across all functions.
For more information contact Nicci Goodfellow, Opteq SA, +27 (0)11 234 0296,

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