This is the last in a series of podcasts sponsored by HP, all recorded at HP’s Discover conference in Barcelona, Spain in early December 2014. The series is made up of interviews and technical discussions with HP engineers and lab geeks about products in HP’s networking portfolio.
“Oh, boy – an SNMP manager,” you might be thinking as you stifle a yawn. If that’s your gut reaction, fair enough, but you’re missing the point of this show. Yes, we’ll talk about HP IMC to some degree, something we discussed with HP back in Weekly Show 209. But the thrust of the show isn’t to rehash the same things over again. Rather, we have a discussion about how to go beyond traditional network management.
Let me set this up. Many network engineers build a network management station to do a few simple things.
- Tell me when something is down.
- Tell me when something is overutilized.
- Tell me when something is throwing lots of errors.
Oh, we might tweak this and that, pride ourselves on monitoring some obscure OID we spent hours digging through a vendor’s horribly documented MIB to find, generate pretty reports that some manager nods at as if they understand what the data means, capture a configuration and aim the diff file at the inbox of someone who may or may not read it. That sort of thing. But are we really making use of the data our NMS can supply? Are we using our NMS to predict failure? To pinpoint specific infrastructure issues in our complex, multi-tiered applications? You know, the app that…
- Has non-local authentication.
- Has a firewall in front of it.
- And a proxy server in front of it.
- And an ADC doing L7 manipulation in front of it, too.
- Relies on fast DNS performance for inbound connections.
- Relies on fast database performance to minimize transaction latency.
- And so on.
Is your NMS only smart enough to tell you, “Hey, all the lights are green. It ain’t the network,”? That’s not really good enough, even if it’s true. Sure, it might not be the network, but it is something. How do you get to that next level of application monitoring? That’s the issue here. IT is not about silos like “networking” or “storage” or “virtualization” anymore. IT is about applications. If the app isn’t working right, the IT infrastructure is to blame. An NMS that helps get right down to the root of the problem quickly is the current need.
I think I made my point. I hope I did. Assuming you’re buying what I’m selling, that’s what this show is about. Yes, it’s in the context of HP’s IMC. Obviously. But the conversation is meant to be more engaging than simply a product pitch – thought provoking conversation no matter what NMS you’re currently running.
Links from HP
- Networking – The main gateway to all HP Networking solutions information.
- SDN Solutions – An end-to-end solution to automate the network from data center to campus and branch.
- SDN App Store – Discover, learn and download SDN applications and solve the transition to the new style of IT.
- Network Virtualization Solutions – A completely new operational model for networking that breaks through current physical network barriers allowing data center operators to achieve order of magnitude better speed, economics and choice.
- CTO Mark Pearson and VMware’s Scott Lowe discussing the VMware-HP software-defined network (SDN) solution
- HP-VMware Technical demo
- HP-VMware Technical White Paper
- HP Unified Wired and Wireless Solutions – a single optimized and scalable unified network for secure and consistent access to business critical applications.
- IMC – a comprehensive wired and wireless network management tool.
- Wireless – a secure and reliable network that unifies access, scales as needed, and optimizes your wireless performance to handle a growing number of mobile devices.