Like the straw that broke the camels back, an abundance of IT utilities can have the same impact on network performance. With new types of enterprise IT technology coming out of the woodwork everyday each with its requisite monitoring software operations personnel certainly have no shortage of tools at their disposal to ensure performance. Additionally, operations personnel in growing enterprises typically have their collection of favorite tools that they discovered and accumulated from reading blogs, attending trade shows, visiting social networking sites, or just swapping stories around the water cooler. Deployed chronologically and with specific business benefit in mind, these applications and the demand they place on network infrastructure continually accumulate like the sands of time. But are these tools using the same techniques or overlapping queries in gathering forensics negating their proposed benefit?
What many dont take into account is that each new application is created for a single purpose and executes without regard to other applications running on the network playing well in its own sandbox, but frequently using the same data gathering techniques as other utilities. Each application intentionally delivers on its intended benefit, but compounds the management traffic as it keeps its own pulse. The result is a bottleneck from the very utilities designed to improve network performance. Applications such as peer-to-peer technologies are flourishing and, in turn, are placing increased demands on the network by generating more data. In short, the utilities that were supposed to improve performance are actually sapping it from the business services and infrastructure users rely upon for their productivity.
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