Virtual environments could be creating real headaches for network managers, with network edges in many organisations being stretched and distorted due to increased virtualisation, cloud migration, the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices connecting to the network.
As a result, many network managers are losing sight of where the edges are and what lies beyond them, according to Ixia.
Ixia says this situation is further complicated when IT infrastructures are moved to the cloud in multiple stages.
Budgetary constraints and security and performance concerns mean that enterprises are increasingly implementing hybrid models, with critical workloads sitting outside of the main on-premise and private cloud environments.
“Hybrid environments, and the flow of business data between on-premise applications and clouds, increase complexity and make it harder for IT teams to gain the edge-to-edge network visibility they need to identify and predict outages, spot security breaches and analyse mission-critical application performance issues,” explains Areg Alimian, senior director, solutions marketing, Ixia.