Network complexity is undoubtedly growing. Today’s networks have to handle a much bigger range of devices and data traffic than ever. Meanwhile, cloud adoption has also grown significantly over the years, with businesses migrating more of their applications to the cloud. Other trends include the growing use of big data analytics, AI and mobile-first network architectures, all of which bring exciting new opportunities and innovations for modern organisations.
However, these changes and advancements are placing tremendous amounts of strain on the network. It is also becoming a bigger challenge for operations teams to ensure that the network can meet the SLA needs of the business.
Relying fully on human intervention to facilitate operations and make sense of the huge amount of data, however, is unsustainable.
According to ESG’s Network Predictions for 2020, network automation will become a necessity to overcome much of the complexities. The report states, “Moving forward, organisations won’t be able to rely on acts of individual heroism, but rather will need to evolve to more automated, self-optimising, and healing network environments. This would include capabilities such as one-touch or zero-touch provisioning and network policy enforcement, along with anything that can help organisations eliminate time-intensive, manual CLI commands.”
However, before enterprises are able to automate or protect their network, first they have to know what’s happening and gain much greater visibility. They have to be able to transform the huge amounts of data generated by the network into network insight. Network analytics is the technology that can get them there, and solutions such as RUCKUS Analytics from Commscope have been designed to help IT professionals rein in the ever-growing complexities.
RUCKUS Analytics is a new cloud-based platform that is able to provide deeper levels of visibility and customisable analytics for network operators. With the platform, raw data can be aggregated and automatically transformed into meaningful insights.
The insights can give you the capability to monitor the health of your network, minimise downtime and perform incident analytics (using machine learning) to automatically identify and provide details into service incidents. It also helps measure and collect various key performance indicators (KPIs), connectivity status and flows, traffic, applications, and more.
Once in the cloud, the data is ingested into a scalable and efficient data warehouse, analysed using machine learning algorithms, and presented for your consumption in several different formats, for a variety of use cases.
To get into it further, your IT administrators will have a more in-depth view into service incidents related to the network connectivity, performance and infrastructure, which may have adverse effects on the whole user experience.
The system provides detailed analysis of the severity and impact of incidents, including:
The reasons, root causes and recommended action for incidents
Affected areas (client operating system types, access point models, firmware versions, WLANs and more)
Other impact details, including severity, client impact and duration
List of impacted clients
Presentation of the underlying data that drives the incident, leveraging pre-built reports and charts to understand network usage and inventory.
And because RUCKUS Analytics is hosted on the cloud, you can offload the burden of managing an in-house network analytics platform from anywhere and anytime. It leverages the scalability and expandability of cloud technology to provide as much capacity as you need even as your network environment grows and generates more data.
To find out more about RUCKUS Analytics and how it can deliver comprehensive network intelligence for your business, click here.