Network Management Strategies for Government Networks: Closing the Top 3 Most Common Gaps


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By now most organizations have deployed a Network Management Systems (NMS) and have begun putting together the core pieces of their network management strategies. You’ve probably got your network monitoring, configuration management, and application performance monitoring covered by products like Orion NPM, Orion NCM, and Orion APM. But there are a few pieces that most people forget about and using end of budget year funds is a great way to close those gaps and enter the new year ahead of the curve.

During this webcast, Josh Stephens, Head Geek and decorated Air Force veteran, covers the top three gaps commonly left exposed within network management strategies today and how to address them. Specifically, remote site perspective network performance, analysis of network traffic and WAN congestion and NMS failover and redundancy.

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Network Management Strategies for Government Networks: Closing the Top 3 Most Common Gaps

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  2. 2. A big “Howdy” from SolarWinds®based in<br /> Austin, Texas<br />Josh Stephens- VP of Technology & Head Geek<br />Christene Bentsen – Product Manager<br />Today’s Topic: <br />Fed Fall Out Money: Top Needs often Overlooked<br />Who is SolarWinds?<br />What we do…<br />Who are our customers?<br />The SolarWinds community…<br />Introduction<br />
  3. 3. Who is DLT Solutions?<br />Based out of Washington, DC<br />SolarWinds Value Added Reseller<br />We offer:<br />GSA Pricing <br />Fast, Flexible, Responsive Service<br />
  4. 4. Agenda<br /><ul><li>Introductions & Housekeeping
  5. 5. Fundamental Network Management
  6. 6. Remote Site Performance Monitoring
  7. 7. Network Traffic Analysis and WAN Congestion
  8. 8. NMS Failover and Redundancy
  9. 9. Summary and Q&A</li></li></ul><li>Housekeeping<br />Today’s Content will be fairly high-level<br />We only have one hour.<br />No attendee left behind.<br />Can you hear me now?<br />If not, use the GoToWebinar Q&A panel to contact the moderator.<br />How do you ask questions?<br />Use the GoToWebinar Q&A Panel.<br />Don’t be afraid to ask deeper questions.<br />Don’t wait until the end. Ask away!<br />Will this be recorded?<br />Recorded session on<br />Slides available on<br />
  10. 10. What is Fundamental Network Management<br />The 3 Pillars<br />Network Infrastructure<br />Configuration<br />Applications<br />What Might Be Left Behind?<br />Remote Site Performance<br />Network Traffic Analysis and WAN Congestion<br />NMS Failover and Redundancy<br />
  11. 11. The 3 Pillars of Network Management<br />Infrastructure Network Management<br />SNMP<br />ICMP<br />Syslog<br />Application Management<br />Services<br />Components<br />User Experience<br />Configuration Management<br />Automated Changes<br />Inventory<br />Regulatory Compliance<br />
  12. 12. Gap #1: Remote Site Performance<br />The Problem<br />How can you measure the performance between site B and C when your NMS is in Site A?<br />NMS only measures A to B and A to C<br />
  13. 13. Gap #1: Remote Site Performance<br />The Solution<br />IP SLA-enabled Networking<br />Ability Included in Your IOS<br />
  14. 14. Gap #1: Remote Site Performance<br />IP SLA<br />Router at site B performs IP SLA tests on link to site C and stores results<br />NMS uses SNMP to retrieve test results<br />NMS obtains visibility to all IP SLA enabled remote and local links<br />Delay and Jitter<br />VoIP Call Quality<br />TCP/UDP Port Response<br />HTTS, FTP, DNS and DHCP Service Quality<br />
  15. 15. Gap #2: WAN Traffic Analysis<br />The Problem<br />WAN Utilization is increasing but the NMS cannot tell why<br />Need visibility into traffic driving WAN requirements<br />Who is using it?<br />What are they doing?<br />Is the traffic necessary?<br />
  16. 16. Gap #2: WAN Traffic Analysis<br />The Solution<br />Traffic Flow Analysis<br />Probably part of your existing OS – NetFlow, sFlow, J-Flow, IPFIX<br />Define traffic by protocol, port and IP addresses<br />Indicate top users by<br />Location<br />Protocols<br />IP Address<br />Country<br />Domain<br />
  17. 17. Gap #2: WAN Traffic Analysis<br />Flow Analysis Benefits<br />Locate the cause of congestion<br />Discover Improper Usage<br />Control Recurring WAN Costs<br />
  18. 18. Gap #3: Full NMS DR and Redundancy<br />Problem<br />Failure of an NMS can be caused by many elements<br />Server Hardware<br />Processes and Applications<br />OS<br />Network Interface<br />Problem<br />NMS failure causes loss of modules and pollers<br />NetFlow, APM, IP SLA Manager and additional pollers<br />
  19. 19. Solution #3 - Orion FailOver Engine<br />
  20. 20. Orion FailOverEngine<br /><ul><li>Available immediately.
  21. 21. Contact sales for a complete demonstration and licensing/pricing options.
  22. 22. SQL failover also available directly from Neverfail.</li></li></ul><li>SolarWinds Orion Demonstration<br />
  23. 23. Summary and Q&A<br />Thank you for attending!<br />To learn more or to download free 30-day trials<br />of SolarWinds products visit:<br />Contact information:<br />Josh Stephens, Head Geek<br /><br />twitter: sw_headgeek<br />Blog:<br />P.S. Remember to renew your maintenance!!!<br />
  24. 24. Contact Information<br />GSA#: GS-35F-4543G<br />Website:<br />Email:<br />Phone: 877.783.7800<br />Follow us on Twitter! @DLTSolutions<br />