SDN, BYOD, Cloud, IT Security and Compliance... Where's an IT Pro to Begin?

SDN, BYOD, Cloud, IT Security and Compliance... Where's an IT Pro to Begin? 
SolarWinds Takes a Look at What's Driving Network Complexity and
Offers Tips on Managing the Chaos 
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 05/30/13 --  SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a
leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software,
today outlined the three main drivers of network complexity --
changing New Technologies, IT Operations and Business Operations --
that many IT professionals face as they get their jobs done and
provided best practices to help manage the chaos today and tomorrow. 
Networks have evolved from simple one-size-fits-all environments to a
complex array of technologies and devices, both physical and virtual,
as well as on and off premises services. This new technology
evolution combined with businesses adjusting to the evolving needs of
their employees and customers as well as operational priorities,
equates to the job of the IT pro being more complex than ever before.
Without the right skills, tools, support and resources, any seasoned
IT pro could be left in a tailspin. 
How to Manage Network Complexity Chaos 
Step 1: Get to know New Technologies
 New technologies offer great
promise and often deliver great value when focused around targeted
problems. But, when it comes to introducing a new technology, it's
important to know what problem the technology was designed to solve
as the hype often outpaces the reality. Most new technologies like
software defined networking (SDN) and Cloud are not an overnight
reality for businesses. There is a considerable amount of work and
training required upfront to get it off the ground, and IT pros need
to be prepared to guide their organizations, determining what new
technologies are relevant and when they should be implemented. 
Step 2: Evolve your IT Operations model to handle new and old
services efficiently
 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Cloud,
distributed workforces and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) are
some recent examples of issues that are placing a strain on IT pros
as they balance managing business-critical IT services already on
their plates with new services. Creating a model that leverages
management tools for established high-volume services, and learning
the management needs of new services is a critical best practice.
Investing in tools too far ahead of the learning curve often results
in shelfware. For new services, start by defining business objectives
and how they translate to IT goals. Then, build operations practices
to manage IT goals. Once the management challenges are understood,
leverage tools to scale your ability to deliver those services
Step 3: Identify Business Operations requirements key to your
organization's success
 Business operations requirements such as
security, compliance and audit reporting are often treated as
necessary evils by IT pros. These requirements alone rarely deliver
any visible direct value until you have a problem, a security threat,
or, need to troubleshoot an issue. But each requirement is critical
to the business. Business operations don't have to be an afterthought
and should be integrated into day-to-day operations. To help minimize
network complexity, IT pros should automate business operations with
software tools where possible. For example, configuration management
tools can reduce time and errors making it easier to meet regulatory,
corporate and security standards. 
Network Complexity Management for All IT Professionals 
SolarWinds delivers powerful and easy-to-use network management
functionality out of the box with the power of customization to
address enterprise scale and the complexity of today's networks at a
price any organization can afford. From network performance to
configuration and compliance to traffic analysis and more, IT pros
can deploy SolarWinds network management products to build a robust
IT management system that fits their evolving needs, including: 

--  SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor - network performance
--  SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer - Flow-based network traffic
--  SolarWinds IP Address Manager - IP address space management
--  SolarWinds VoIP & Network Quality Manager - VoIP and WAN
    performance monitoring and troubleshooting
--  SolarWinds User Device Tracker - Switch port monitoring and mapping
--  SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager - Network change and
    configuration management solution
--  SolarWinds Log & Event Manager - Log collection, analysis and
    real-time event correlation
--  SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager - Multi-vendor firewall
--  SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset - A collection of network
    troubleshooting tools
--  SolarWinds Network Topology Mapper - Automated network diagram

About SolarWinds
 SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and
affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune
500 enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our
approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to
eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from
traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this
commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy
to find, buy, use and maintain while providing the power to address
any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in
our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online
community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best
practices, and directly participate in our product development
process. Learn more today at 
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