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Posts by Jim Metzler, Vice-President,​ ​Ashton, Metzler and Associates

Cloud-Native Network Management

By Jim Metzler, Vice-President,​ ​Ashton, Metzler and Associates | Feb 21, 2017
Network Management

As IT technologies evolve toward greater reliance on the cloud, longstanding networking practitioners are adapting to a new environment. The changes are easier to implement in greenfield companies than in more established brownfield enterprises. In this third post of a three-part series, analyst Jim Metzler talks with Kentik’s Alex Henthorn-Iwane about how network management is impacted by the differences between the two situations.

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Culture War: How Network vs. Cloud Impacts Tools

By Jim Metzler, Vice-President,​ ​Ashton, Metzler and Associates | Jan 23, 2017
Analyst Report, Network Management

As cloud computing continues to gain ground, there’s a natural tension in IT between cloud advocates and those who prefer the status quo of in-house networking. In part two of his three-part series on this “culture war,” analyst Jim Metzler clarifies what is — and is not — involved in the transition to the cloud, and how the adoption of cloud computing impacts the way that network organizations should think about the management tools they use.

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Culture War: Network vs. Cloud

By Jim Metzler, Vice-President,​ ​Ashton, Metzler and Associates | Dec 12, 2016
Analyst Report, Network Management

Every so often a fundamental shift in technology sets off a culture war in the world of IT. Two decades ago, with the advent of a commercial Internet, it was a struggle between the Bellheads and the Netheads. Today, Netheads have become the establishment and cloud computing advocates are pushing to upend the status quo. In this first post of a 3-part series, analyst Jim Metzler looks at how this dynamic is playing out in IT organizations.

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Cisco Tetration: A Step in the Right Direction

By Jim Metzler, Vice-President,​ ​Ashton, Metzler and Associates | Jul 11, 2016
Network Management, Technology

Cisco’s recently announced Tetration Analytics platform is designed to provide large and medium data centers with pervasive real-time visibility into all aspects of traffic and activity. Analyst Jim Metzler says that the new platform validates the need for a Big Data approach to network analytics as network traffic grows. But will operations teams embrace a hardware-centric platform, or will they be looking for a solution that’s highly scalable, supports multiple vendors, doesn’t involve large up-front costs, and is easy to configure and use?

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Leveraging Big Data for Continuous Improvement

By Jim Metzler, Vice-President,​ ​Ashton, Metzler and Associates | May 31, 2016
Analyst Report, NetFlow Analysis, Network Management

Intelligent use of network management data can enable virtually any company to transform itself into a successful digital business. In our third post in this series, we look at areas where traditional network data management approaches are falling short, and we consider how a Big Data platform that provides real-time answers to ad-hoc queries can empower IT organizations and drive continuous improvement in both business and IT operations.

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Transforming NetOps with Big Data

By Jim Metzler, Vice-President,​ ​Ashton, Metzler and Associates | May 8, 2016
Analyst Report, NetFlow Analysis, Network Management

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s economy, today’s savvy companies are transitioning into the world of digital business. In this post — the second of a three-part series — guest contributor Jim Metzler examines the key role that Big Data can play in that transformation. By revolutionizing how operations teams collect, store, access, and analyze network data, a Big Data approach to network management enables the agility that companies will need to adapt and thrive.

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From NetFlow Analysis to Business Outcome

By Jim Metzler, Vice-President,​ ​Ashton, Metzler and Associates | Feb 29, 2016
Analyst Report, NetFlow Analysis, Network Management

Enabling digital transformation with network data Over the last few years a lot has been written about the necessity for businesses of all types to embark on a digital transformation. This isn’t just an academic theory as demonstrated in the recently published book entitled Leading Digital. That book discussed how over 400 large companies in […]

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