Top Things To Plan For In Your 2010 Network Management Strategy

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Join SolarWinds Head geek as he discusses his top 3 things every network engineer should plan for to be successful in 2010. He’ll discuss each of the following items, how they can impact your network management strategy, and what steps you can take to plan for them.

• Truly know your network – Understand where you have bottlenecks, single points of failure, and limited management visibility.

• Distributed management technologies – Understand how network performance metrics differ at different points throughout the network and how to gather those metrics.

• Virtualization in the network – The virtual servers you saw in 2009 are multiplying and being joined by virtual switches and firewalls and virtual storage. Planning for this additional virtualization will be a key component of your success in 2010 and beyond.

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Top Things To Plan For In Your 2010 Network Management Strategy

  1. 1. Introduction A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds® based in Austin, Texas » Josh Stephens - Head Geek, Monster Blogger, and Constant Tweeter » Denny LeCompte – Director of Product Management Today’s Topic: Top 3 Things to Plan for in your 2010 Network Mgmt Strategy Who is SolarWinds? » What we do… » Who are our customers? » The SolarWinds community…
  2. 2. Housekeeping Can you hear me now? If not, use the WebEx Q&A panel to contact the moderator How do you win the free stuff? How do you ask questions? Will this thing be recorded?
  3. 3. Agenda Understanding & documenting topology Identifying bottlenecks Single points of failure Distributed management options SCP Trivia Virtualization’s impact Defining visibility goals SolarWinds Demonstration Summary and Q&A
  4. 4. #1 – Understand Your Network Topology You have to document it first… A picture is worth a thousand words For this, don’t go paperless Think layers… No matter who you are or how smart you are…
  5. 5. Network Discovery and Mapping How to get started Leverage network discovery tools to build an inventory Leverage network mapping tools to start your drawings Fill in the blanks from there
  6. 6. Tips for Usable Topology Drawings Print them large – the bigger the better Make the layers separable Include lots of detail IP addresses Physical addresses VLAN information Interface details Document key application paths
  7. 7. #2 – Identify Bottlenecks A bottleneck is a place where traffic is aggregated and/or constricted Bottlenecks aren’t necessarily problems Bottlenecks will always exist – you can’t “fix” them The key is to understand their impact and any relevant trends Always document the bottlenecks within your key application paths
  8. 8. #3 – Identifying Single Points of Failure These should be highlighted within your topology drawings Your management team needs to be aware of them, and the cost of adding or not adding redundancy Your alerting strategy will be different for these elements Sometimes the biggest problems are the smallest details…
  9. 9. #4 – Distributed Management Technologies Today’s networks require not only a centralized view of the network but also views from other key locations Traffic analysis needs to happen where the traffic most needs to be scrutinized Network performance should be measured as close to the users and/or application servers as possible Having a distributed network management strategy exponentially increases your visibility of network health
  10. 10. Key Distributed Management Technologies NetFlow (sFlow, JFlow, IPFIX) Cisco IP SLA
  11. 11. #4 – Virtualization’s Impact on Network Mgmt Virtualization technology is being deployed at a very fast rate Mobility of virtual servers causes unique network management challenges Virtualization reaches beyond servers into network infrastructure, security devices, and storage
  12. 12. Gaining visibility into virtual resources Server and application monitoring systems should include native discovery and monitoring of virtual resources Consider replacing built-in virtual appliances with best in class – i.e. Cisco Nexus 1000v Document, document, document
  13. 13. #5 – Defining Management Visibility Goals Meet with key stakeholders to understand their primary goals for the year Evaluate your current systems ability to support those goals Document the gaps Discuss gaps and costs to close the gaps with your management team
  14. 14. Management Visibility as a Goal In a recent SolarWinds poll, 80% of the respondents listed improving visibility into network health and performance as their #1 management priority for 2010
  15. 15. SolarWinds Orion Demonstration - Slide 16 -
  16. 16. Summary and Q&A Thank you for attending! To learn more or to download free 30-day trials of SolarWinds products visit: www.SolarWinds.com Contact information Josh Stephens, Head Geek headgeek@solarwinds.com twitter: sw_headgeek Blog: http://geekblog.solarwinds.com/default.aspx

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