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10 Fixes for When Change Brings Your Systems to Their Knees

When your systems slow to a crawl it's easy to blame the technology, but some of the causes -- and fixes --may relate to how enterprises do business these days.
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Despite all the advancements in enterprise IT, remediating poor network and system performance remains an ongoing struggle for many IT departments. But don't lock the beleaguered admins and engineers in the pillory just yet; your system sluggishness might be a result of strategic business and technology decisions made in the C-suite.

Fortunately, there are ways to identify and fix most of these problems. In this slideshow, we're first going to cover common performance headaches that modern enterprises face today. Then, each slide will suggest a fix to help resolve some of these types of problems.

Here are just a few common causes of performance issues in enterprise organizations:

Shift to the public cloud

Performance degradation commonly rears its ugly head when changes in client/server data flows occur. The most obvious example of this in recent years is a steady migration of apps and data to public clouds. Instead of most data moving in and out of a private data center located within a corporate LAN, data now traverses Internet or WAN links. If not properly handled, this shift in traffic can create bottlenecks and increase latency.

Remote workforces

Remote workforces are becoming increasingly popular for several reasons. They provide for employee flexibility, accessibility -- and it can save a business a great deal of money wasted on office space. That said, now that users require the ability to connect to resources from virtually anywhere on earth, apps and data should be available anywhere with the same performance capabilities

Burdensome security tools

Security tools that cause data flows to hairpin back to a central location can negatively impact performance for end users. Yet, disabling services that are essential to protecting sensitive data is obviously out of the question. Thus, new security tools and architectures must be developed to better adapt to how users access computing resources while also protecting them.

Inefficient distributed computing

Distributed computing looks great on paper. Yet, this design architecture can suffer from data center sprawl. What often ends up happening is the throughput and latency between the various distributed computing resources eventually reach levels where it begins to negatively impact machine-to-machine and client-server communications.

Overutilized WAN connectivity

Connectivity to remote sites has always been a weak link in the overall enterprise IT architecture. Leased line circuits are costly and VPN tunnels are sometimes inefficient and undependable. Yet, in 2019, remote site users are more reliant than ever on connectivity to their apps and data located inside corporate data centers or clouds. As is often the case, businesses don't have the stomach to enter into increasingly-expensive WAN circuit contracts.

As you can see, this list focuses on a good mixture of old and new performance problems that many IT teams face daily. If you need some ideas on how to address these issues, read on:

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Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the ... View Full Bio

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