Best 10 Packet Sniffer and Capture Tools

It’s no question that bottlenecks, downtime, and other common network performance issues can vastly affect the end-user experience and put productivity on hold, ultimately cutting into your company’s bottom line. Getting to the root cause of performance problems is a top priority for nearly every sysadmin. This is where packet sniffers, also known as network … Read more Best 10 Packet Sniffer and Capture Tools

WAN Optimization Guide

You’re likely familiar with the concept of a “wide area network,” or WAN. But just to refresh, WANs are simply a type of network spanning a large geographical location. Businesses use these types of networks to transfer information from office to office, between staff and clients, or to work with suppliers. In my experience, businesses … Read more WAN Optimization Guide

How to Scan for Any Device IP Address on a Network With Tools

Amid predictions that 75.44 billion devices will have internet connectivity by 2025, IP address management has become a fundamental housekeeping and security concern for any networking admin. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to endow more and more devices with smart capabilities, networking grows more complex, making IP-centered network security measures a business imperative. … Read more How to Scan for Any Device IP Address on a Network With Tools

How Do Sysadmins Monitor Network Traffic? Network Monitoring Best Practices

When you’re managing a large network, it can be hard to keep on top of the many various components. When something stops working, troubleshooting needs to be done as quickly as possible before the problem affects your end users—and with a complex network, the troubleshooting process can take a while. The last thing you want … Read more How Do Sysadmins Monitor Network Traffic? Network Monitoring Best Practices

Exploring the Use of DNS in Multi-Cloud Environments

The multi-cloud approach to modern IT means workloads—whether virtual machines, containers, or minimal applications—can be located on any one of multiple independent infrastructures; whether running simultaneously for fault-tolerance or when being moved between these. In a modern IT deployment, workloads can (and will) regularly move between cloud and onsite deployments, whether for price, maintenance, latency, or … Read more Exploring the Use of DNS in Multi-Cloud Environments

DNS, Regulatory Compliance, and You

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), one of the most rigorous pieces of privacy legislation to date, has become almost synonymous with data privacy. This is partly due to its broad scope. The GDPR applies to any organization collecting and processing the data of an EU citizen—even if the organization isn’t based in … Read more DNS, Regulatory Compliance, and You

Guide to Network Latency – How to Check, Measure, and Reduce Network Latency

One of the worst things to experience with your network is a sudden slowdown. Slow networks can be a disaster if you’re in the middle of an important business process, trying to impress a client, or rushing to complete an urgent task.  High latency can become increasingly problematic as networks grow bigger, as having more … Read more Guide to Network Latency – How to Check, Measure, and Reduce Network Latency

What Is Network Intelligence (NI)?

Network intelligence might sound a little scary, like an artificial intelligence computer gone rogue, but the reality is less terrifying. As networks get more complex, organizations choose and deploy more complicated network technologies, products, and services. This allows people and businesses to perform more technical, high-power tasks, but it can also potentially open networks to … Read more What Is Network Intelligence (NI)?

What Is Network Topology? Best Guide to Types and Diagrams

The configuration, or topology, of a network is key to determining its performance. Network topology is the way a network is arranged, including the physical or logical description of how links and nodes are set up to relate to each other. There are numerous ways a network can be arranged, all with different pros and … Read more What Is Network Topology? Best Guide to Types and Diagrams