The Changing Role of Network Management - Keeping Pace With the New Demands of Virtualization and Cloud
Source: Enterprise Management Associates
Major IT innovations such as server virtualization and cloud services promise great rewards in efficiency and agility however to capture the full potential, all aspects of operations must adopt new approaches and methods. Network management and operations, long an area of strength and stability, must change as well to accommodate accelerated rates of change and new topologies and relationships between connected "Virtualized" elements to keep pace, network managers must focus on key best practices and management technologies, particularly those that deliver automation and integration between functional task areas. This paper details some the greatest challenges network managers will face in dealing with server virtualization and cloud services and presents priorities and options for getting (and staying) ahead.