Last month we saw the publication of the Gartner Market Guide for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics1 (NPMD). If you’re unfamiliar with this Market Guide, it may be because this year, and for future publications, Gartner moved this from its previous version of a Magic Quadrant. We believe the reason for the shift is particularly because buyers are still purchasing traditional network monitoring tools. In this blog post, we’ll look at two of the main network challenges that we believe stick out in this Market Guide, as well as investment recommendations that should drive buyers to rethink their traditional NPMD solutions.
As cloud migration picks up, one thing is clear: traditional on-premises NPMD tools no longer work for cloud and hybrid environments. On the other hand, some would argue that the use of APM and infrastructure tools are enough for the cloud. However, that notion also falls apart, as most (if not all) organizations have traditional data centers and cloud. As enterprises transition towards digital delivery of products and services, they must manage across the infrastructures, and the traditional tools and approaches do not work or scale effectively.
We believe Gartner highlights similar challenges in the Market Guide. In Kentik’s view, the report discusses a few key points:
In the Market Guide, Gartner notes, “Network packets are becoming increasingly difficult to collect.” This is something that Kentik believes has been an issue for quite some time on the multi-terabit networks that our platform monitors. Packets were never an option. As most networks continue to scale, these challenges are becoming apparent to a wider audience — not just the large providers. Packet visibility is a major issue in the public cloud where the cost and complexity of aggregating and analyzing packets is no longer cost-effective or reasonable.
We believe Gartner points to three main areas of investment occurring in NPMD. The first is better visibility into digital experience via digital experience monitoring (DEM). Synthetic transaction monitoring (STM) supports DEM and is something Kentik is hard at work on right now to complement the path visibility we provide to real traffic across the internet. Kentik ingests more BGP than almost any other company on the internet today. Our head of operations engineering, Costas Drogos, did a talk on this at DENOG 2020.
The second area of investment is in AIOps, or the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to the network data being collected. Kentik’s platform incorporates AIOps techniques for the network professional, and we continue to work to create new ways to surface useful information automatically.
Gartner also notes, “Future-proof network monitoring by investing in NPMD tools that provide the required level of visibility in your hybrid environments, including edge network and cloud network monitoring.” To us, this makes sense, considering the level of investment in public cloud. Kentik aligns with this trend and can provide the visibility necessary today.
For more information on how to rethink your NPMD strategy, read the full Gartner Market Guide for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics. With Kentik listed in the report as one of the “representative vendors,” we look forward to seeing how the market and analyst coverage evolve in the year ahead.
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