Here’s a blog that reviews strategies for managing networks that are growing in size and complexity.

 

Federal IT pros understand the challenge agencies face in trying to manage an ever-growing, increasingly complex network environment. While federal IT networks are becoming more distributed, the demand for security and availability is increasing. Yes, at some point, new technologies may make government network operations  easier and more secure; until that point, however, growing pains seem to be getting worse.

 

While there may be no one-size-fits-all solution to this problem, there is certainly something today’s federal IT pros can do to help ease those growing pains: invest in a suite of enterprise management tools.

 

Taking a suite-based approach, you should be able to more effectively manage a hybrid cloud environment, alongside a traditional IT installation, while simultaneously scaling as the network grows and gains visibility across the environment—including during IT modernization initiatives.

 

Moving Past the Status Quo

 

Today, most federal IT pros use a series of disparate tools to handle a range of management tasks. As the computing environment expands, this disparate approach will most likely become increasingly less viable and considerably more frustrating.

 

Investing in a suite of IT tools for government agencies that all work together can help save time, enhance efficiency, and provide the ability to be more proactive instead of reactive.

 

Consider monitoring a hybrid-cloud environment, for example. Traditionally, the federal IT pro would have a single tool for tracking on-premises network paths. With the move to a cloud or hybrid environment, services have moved outside the network; yet, the federal IT pro is still responsible for service delivery. The smart move would be to invest in a tool that can provide network mapping of both on-prem and cloud environments.

 

Next, make sure that the tool integrates with other tools delivering a single integrated dashboard. This way, you can combine information about your agency’s cloud environment with on-premises information, which should provide you with a much more accurate understanding of performance.

 

In fact, make sure the dashboards provide accessibility and visibility into all critical tools, including your network performance monitor, traffic analyzer, configuration manager, virtualization manager, server and application monitor, server configuration, storage monitor, database performance analyzer—in other words, the works.

 

Finally, be sure to implement role-based access controls designed to prevent users with disparate responsibilities from affecting each other’s resources, while still leveraging a common platform.

 

Being able to see everything through a series of dashboards can be a huge step in the right direction. Enabling tools to connect and share information, so you can make more highly informed decisions, is the icing on the proverbial cake.

 

One final word of advice on choosing a platform—make sure it connects discovery and resource mapping, dashboards, centralized access control, alerting, reporting, consolidated metrics, and data.

 

If the platform you’re looking at doesn’t do all of these things, then keep looking. It will eventually prove to be well worth your time and money.

 

Find the full article on our partner DLT’s blog Technically Speaking.

 

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