By Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering


Here’s an interesting article that hits close to home. Having supported federal clients at SolarWinds for over four years, I have seen firsthand the increase in complexity our customers need to manage.


As government networks become more complex, maintaining the highest levels of network performance is getting harder. The growth of hybrid IT makes things even more challenging.


How do federal IT pros maintain a consistent high level of performance under these conditions?


The State of IT Today


The right strategy starts with a good network management tool. Traffic monitoring across all networks, including hybrid IT networks, can help ensure you see where users are going, the IP addresses they’re coming from, and if they’re trying to access unauthorized information or files.


You should also have the ability to analyze that traffic. Be sure you can see network performance across hybrid IT landscapes, and cloud XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) solutions. For the best results, look for solutions that provide auto-generating, contextually aware maps of network traffic. This can provide far clearer visualization of network performance throughout the entire environment.


Inventory as It Relates to Capacity


Maintaining an inventory of all hardware, software, applications, and equipment connected to your network is a best practice. This not only gives you a snapshot of your IT asset inventory, but also allows you to quickly detect unauthorized users.


Inventory becomes a critical component of scalability, which will contribute to better network performance. The better a federal IT pro can understand a given inventory, particularly based on historic data, the greater the ability to forecast future network-infrastructure needs.


An Application Perspective


Understanding the applications powering the network is the next cornerstone of effectively optimizing network performance. This requires developing a holistic view of all applications, which in turn will result in a better understanding of how the performance of applications may affect the entire application stack.


Federal IT pros need a network tool that can quickly identify and rectify performance issues and bottlenecks without having to hunt through layers of applications to find the root of the problem.


The Right Strategy: Resiliency and Reliability


Effective network management also involves implementing the right strategy that is strongly focused on the information you collect. How you interpret that data, and ensuring the validity of the data, can be the difference between success or failure.


Resiliency and reliability are also critical performance metrics. Resiliency is the ability to provide and maintain an acceptable level of service in the face of faults and challenges to normal operation. Reliability is a system’s ability to recover from infrastructure or service disruptions, automatically scale resources to meet demand, and mitigate service disruptions, including misconfigurations.


Resiliency and reliability underscore the value that federal IT pros can bring to fruition for their agencies. They also represent measures of how well a distributed application was integrated and delivered, and also depict overall performance.


So, remember, to optimize performance, look to leverage tools that deliver full-stack observability into the logs, metrics, and tracing data that underpin reliability and resiliency metrics.


Find the full article on Government Technology Insider.


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