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APCON Announces Vision for Future of SDN Monitoring

February 04, 2015

APCON, a provider of network monitoring software, network switches and blades recently announced its vision for the future. The company says it intends to build upon the products that exist today in order to advance virtual network monitoring in the year to come.

The rise of software-defined networking, which attempts to replace many of the tasks of traditional network hardware with more adaptable software programs, has created new problems for IT to solve with regard to properly monitoring virtual servers. Because of that, virtual network monitoring has needed to take a step forward to meet the gaps in visibility that have arisen. Richard Rauch, the president and CEO of APCON, said he is excited for his company's future and the benefits that its clients will receive as the result of updated network architectures.

“I am excited to launch this virtual network monitoring initiative. Our strategy is to provide a fully integrated, scalable, and complete network visibility architecture for customers,” Rauch said. “Adding virtual traffic monitoring to our proven intelligent monitoring systems will provide enterprises with a holistic visibility solution well beyond anything network managers have seen for today’s converged networks.”

It is that gap in network visibility, mentioned above, that Jim Frey, the vice president of research at Enterprise Management Associates, spoke about within the APCON announcement. He built upon the statement Rauch provided and said that future network monitoring fabrics must make “pockets of blindness” visible if enterprises are to derive benefit from them.

Among the existing products that APCON can leverage is its own TITAN multi-switch monitoring software. TITAN provides network operators with a central control point for monitoring their enterprises' multiple networks. It was only about a year ago that APCON demonstrated the use of its software as a leader in network monitoring. It can improve visibility for network operators, and therefore it represents a link between what is possible now and what APCON could achieve in the future. Virtual networks merit visibility just as traditional networks always have, and stepping stones such as TITAN will surely inform how APCON will move forward toward patching holes in the visibility of virtual servers.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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