Window on WANs

Nov 28 2011   10:16AM GMT

Is running wide area network monitoring in-house cost-effective?

Tessa Parmenter Tessa Parmenter Profile: Tessa Parmenter

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While measuring WAN latency can be done at no cost with ping, it’s best not to run ping continually as a company’s only wide area network (WAN) monitoring tool. After all, that would take up precious bandwidth. In most cases, ping is a good starting point to investigate network traffic, but a more robust solution is needed — a monitoring solution that includes both flow- and packet-based analysis.

However, not every enterprise has the budget or in-house expertise to deploy such robust WAN monitoring. In these cases, enterprises should consider outsourcing their WAN monitoring to a provider, according to Amy Larsen DeCarlo of Current Analysis.

In her article on WAN monitoring, she covers the merits of buying and outsourcing monitoring solutions and gives enterprises pointers on how to establish trust with providers that run your WAN monitoring and management. Find out whether outsourcing your monitoring solution is the right choice for your enterprise: WAN monitoring: Should you outsource?

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