Visibility, also known as performance management, provides IT experts with an inside look at the network and application processes. This is crucial for discovering any potential roadblocks that can impact performance. However, visibility often relies on hindsight. While performance management tools, such as application performance management (APM) and network performance management (NPM), provide a comprehensive analysis of network performance, they don’t always catch issues before they happen. It does have blind spots, which places IT professionals in a more retroactive role versus a proactive one.
Visibility Architecture Delivers Proactive Monitoring to IT Admins
That’s where visibility architecture comes in. Implementing a scalable, visibility architecture into the performance management tool provides IT experts with a proactive stance by giving much-needed insight into performance issues before they occur. A visibility architecture “enables the elimination of your current blind spots, while providing resilience and control without added complexity,” notes TelNet Networks.
Visibility architectures often use network packet brokers (NPB), which routes the collected data to the appropriate management tool, such as APM or NPM. NPBs are significant tools to place into the visibility architecture because it bolsters the performance management tools ability to improve performance by organizing data based on task. It also saves cost to enterprises by eliminating the need to buy more performance management tools since the visibility architecture enhances the performance management tools already in place within an enterprise. One of the top benefits of implementing a visibility architecture into performance management strategy is its proactive monitoring ability. It “can be used to provide better and faster network rollouts by pre-testing the network with synthetic traffic to understand how it performs against either specific application traffic or a combination of traffic types,” as listed by APM Digest.
Other Visibility Architecture Benefits
Visibility architecture in performance management offers these monitoring capabilities:
- Improved quality of service to end users.
- Optimized network and application performance.
- The ability to gather and study end users’ behaviors.
- Allows for troubleshooting of an impending issue before it becomes a problem and impedes performance.
- Cost savings to enterprises by eliminating the need to buy more performance management tools.
- It, as Ixia points out, allows “IT to respond to the immediate and long-range demands of growth, management, access, control, and cost issues.”