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Posts by Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research

Machine Learning and AI: The Superhero Solution for IT Operations

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | May 15, 2018
Network Management, Performance Monitoring

At that ONUG Spring 2018 event, ACG analyst Stephen Collins moderated a panel discussion on re-tooling IT operations with machine learning and AI. The panelists provided a view “from the trenches.” In this post, Collins shares insights into how panelists’ organizations are applying ML and AI today, each in different operational domains, but with a common theme of overcoming the challenge of managing operations at scale.

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The Rise of the Machines? Bring It On!

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | May 9, 2018
Network Management, Network Security

Applying AI and machine learning to network infrastructure monitoring allows for closed-loop automation. In this post, ACG analyst Stephen Collins discusses the benefits, including how real-time insights derived from streaming telemetry data are fed back into the orchestration stack to automatically reconfigure the network without operator intervention.

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DDoS Protection in the Wild Wild West

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | May 1, 2018
DDoS Protection

The Internet is the wild wild west — and the pace of DDoS attacks is not letting up. But thanks to recent advances in streaming telemetry, network visibility, and Big Data, the good guys are armed with the weapons they need to maintain the peace.

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Hybrid Multi-Cloud and Hyperscale Performance Monitoring: Go Big or Go Home

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | Apr 17, 2018
Network Management

Forward-thinking IT managers are already embracing big data-powered SaaS solutions for application and performance monitoring. If hybrid multi-cloud and hyperscale application infrastructure are in your future, ACG Analyst Stephen Collins’ advice for performance monitoring is “go big or go home.”

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Preparing for the Hybrid Multi-Cloud Endgame

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | Apr 10, 2018
Network Management

While we’re still in the opening phase of the hybrid multi-cloud chess game, ACG analyst Stephen Collins takes a look at what’s ahead. In this post, he digs into what enterprises embracing the cloud can expect in the complex endgame posing many new technical challenges for IT managers.

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Internet Underlay Visibility is Critical for SD-WAN Overlays

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | Mar 27, 2018
Network Management

Fixing a persistent Internet underlay problem might be as simple as using a higher bandwidth connection or as complex as choosing the right peering and transit networks for specific applications and destination cloud services. In this blog, ACG analyst Stephen Collins advices that to make the best-informed decision about how to proceed, IT managers need to be equipped with tools that enable them to fully diagnose the nature of Internet underlay connectivity problems.

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SaaS Applications: No-Brainer or Headache?

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | Mar 21, 2018
Featured, Network Management

Traditional monitoring tools for managing application performance in private networks are not well-suited to ensuring the performance, reliability and security of SaaS applications. In this post, ACG analyst Stephen Collins makes the case for why enterprise IT managers need to employ a new generation of network visibility and big data analytics tools designed for the vast scale of the Internet.

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Massive Scale Visibility Challenges Inside Hyperscale Data Centers

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | Mar 13, 2018
Performance Monitoring

The adoption of hyperscale principles presents data center operators with massive scale visibility challenges. Yet it’s inevitable. In this post, ACG analyst Stephen Collins discusses why operators need to prepare for the inevitable by acquiring and mastering the new tools needed to assure the performance, reliability and security of these applications.

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Industry 4.0: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | Mar 7, 2018
Performance Monitoring

Industry 4.0 is the next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector. In this post, ACG Research’s Principal Analyst Stephen Collins looks at the major implications that Industry 4.0 will create for enterprise IT systems, software and network infrastructure, and how to model, monitor and control it all.

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Digital Transformation Starts With Managing Digital Disruption

By Stephen Collins, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | Feb 27, 2018
Network Management

While defining digital transformation strategies is a valuable exercise for C-level executives, CIOs and IT managers also need to adopt a pragmatic and more tactical approach to “going digital.” That starts with acquiring tools and building the new skills needed to ensure business success and profitability in the face of digital disruption. In this post, ACG Principal Analyst Stephen Collins looks at how to manage it all.

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