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7 Network Baselining Best Practices

It’s one thing to conceptually understand baselining, but how do you go about setting performance benchmarks? Here are seven best practices to help you successfully baseline and manage performance for critical services on your network. Collect enough data for relevant baselines A common mistake is to set baselines after too little data has been collected. You’ll want at least a couple weeks of metrics to establish meaningful thresholds.  Compare similar time periods With the fluct...
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What is IT Thinking About Today

Cloud and Bandwidth Demands Challenge IT Teams Network Instruments 2012 Annual State of the Network Global Study Offers IT Management Insights Network Instruments , just released its Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study today. The results suggest a potential management storm as IT teams face significant monitoring challenges from multiple forms of cloud computing, as well as substantially increased bandwidth demands.  Study Highlights Moving apps to the cloud: 60% anticipate half ...
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Telgo Communications a New VoIP operator announces services

Telgo Communications, a division of the AKR Global Group, has announced the launch of a digital home telephony service based on voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) to subscribers across Canada, offering unlimited calls to Canadian, US and Puerto Rican phone numbers. Telgo also offers resold high speed internet connections in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, providing data speeds of up to 6Mbps. The VoIP service is accessible via any broadband connection, with calls transmitted over Telgo’s o...
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Prevent Network Fires with Baselines

As a member of the network team, your day is often consumed by rushing from one network fire to the next. What if you could anticipate fires before they fanned out of control? In this article we’ll illustrate how to baseline service activity and component health to identify hotspots on your network before they go ablaze.   Understanding Baselining There's no need to arbitrarily set alarms anymore. With baselines, you can set intelligent alerts customized for your environment. Most performan...
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Net Optics Director 6.0.1 Gears Up to Meet Your Growing Challenges

Upgrade Now To Streamline Your Key Tasks Now Director™ 6.0.1 upgrade streamlines next-generation monitoring to help you get ahead and stay there. Check out our expanded menu of access control and filtering capabilities, modified GUI interface, and improved system performance—for all Director and Director Pro models: Smart Security Management More High-Performance Features Improved SNMP Support Modified GUI — and much mo re! Tighten up security with role-based access control for filters managemen...
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Eastlink delivers 200Mbps in Nova Scotia

Canadian triple-play cableco Eastlink has launched new ‘super-fast’ cable broadband internet service packages under the names ‘Internet 200’ (200Mbps download) and ‘Internet 80’ (80Mbps download) in the Atlantic Canada region, the company announced Friday. Its premium 200Mbps service is an upgrade from its previous 100Mbps top-speed introduced in 2010, and is initially only available in and around Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company, which is claiming the service is the fastest in Atlantic Canada,...
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Candela LANforge Fire/Ice release 5.2.3.1

March 15, 2012 - Candela Release 5.2.3 includes support for dual WiFi radios, dynamic reporting improvements, DHCPv6 and some other improvements to File-IO and WiFi. tables in the GUI now support saving their configuration through restarts of the GUI, as well as removing columns from view. Bug-fixes include better out-of-order packet calculation, some kernel-mode WanLink fixes.  Below are the new feature included in this release.   If you would like to upgrade please contact us. C...
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Bell agrees CAD3.4bn takeover of Astral

Telecoms and pay-TV group Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has agreed to acquire broadcasting content provider Astral Media in a deal valued at CAD3.38 billion (USD3.41 billion) including CAD380 million debt. If the transaction wins regulatory and anti-monopoly approval Astral – Canada’s largest pay-TV channel provider – will be integrated into the Bell Media division, which was formed in April 2011 following BCE’s purchase of the country’s largest media company, CTV. The gaining of additional broa...
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Upcoming Potential Changes to the WWVB Signal Affects Older-Generation Spectracom Products

Pending Changes in the WWVB Radio Signal Affects Precision Frequency and Timing Reference A change in the WWVB signal is being considered to reduce the impact of electro-magnetic interference for improved reception for consumer-grade clocks and watches.  Why does this matter? This change also affects the operation of precise time and frequency standards whose receivers are based on phase-locked loops, such as Spectracom WWVB receivers (all long discontinued), so these products will not oper...
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Government allows full foreign ownership of smaller telcos; sets 4G spectrum cap for auction in H1 2013

Canada’s Industry Minister, Christian Paradis, yesterday announced that the federal government will remove foreign ownership restrictions on the country’s smaller telecoms network operators – those with a 10% market share or less in revenue terms – ahead of a crucial 4G mobile frequency licence auction which he said is scheduled for the first half of 2013. Alongside confirmation of the rough timetable for auctioning 700MHz ‘digital dividend’ band spectrum and 2.5GHz-2.6GHz frequencies, the minis...
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How to Build Strong Teams with Four Generations in the Cubicle Workplace

          Thursday March 29, 2012 – Nepean Sailing Club Susan Haywood, Human Resource Blueprints Believe it.  Different generations think and work in different ways.  And today, there are four generations in the workplace.  Now add that to the cubicle setting in a contact centre and you could have the perfect recipe for complete disaster! Join us March 29th and learn how your organization can forge a strong and cohesive team across all of these generations. What policies and pract...
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Net Optics iLink Link Aggregator Taps Release 4.0

iLinkAgg’s latest software release features a new web-based graphical user interface. The web interface enables quick graphical device configuration, monitoring, and management. Learn more about all the new features A Bright Idea for Seeing the Whole Picture: iLink Agg 4.0 GUI  iLink Agg 4.0 offers rich new detail, simplicity and clarity iLinkAgg’s latest software release features a new Web based graphical user interface. The web interface enables quick graphical device configuration, monit...
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Command Today's Complex Data Center Challenges

Command Todays Complex Data Center Challenges Discover Net Optics solutions for raising monitoring performance and productivity while lowering costs. Rapid evolution of the data center is creating boundless new opportunities, but along with those come urgent monitoring and management challenges—multiple devices from many vendors, proliferating threats, soaring costs, scalability needs, 10G/40G/100G transition, environmental and compliance concerns—and more. We offer your data center a growing fa...
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Measuring IPTV Quality

If you’re implementing IPTV, it’s important to know what metrics to monitor to ensure the transmission of high quality video. Managing performance entails more than tracking response time. Let’s look at the key metrics for managing IPTV in the following table: Performance Area Metric Description IPTV Service Metrics QoE Video quality of experience measured via Media Delivery Index (MDI), most often displayed as two numbers separated by a colon: delay factor (DF) and the media loss rate (MLR) Pac...
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Rogers expands LTE to St. John’s

Canada’s Rogers Communications announced yesterday that its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network is now live in St. John’s, making it the first operator to launch the 4G mobile technology in Newfoundland. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Rogers launched its commercial LTE services in July 2011 and by January 2012 the high speed mobile broadband network covered 32% of the country’s population. Thanks to TeleGeography for this article
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5 IPTV Monitoring Best Practices

Chances are you’ve seen Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) but didn’t know it. Different types of IPTV are popping up in our daily lives ranging from Video-On-Demand to being greeted by pre-recorded video messages at the gas pump or ATM. And many businesses are adopting IPTV to broadcast live or on-demand video content to employees, partners, customers, and investors. But what does this mean for the network team? In this article we’ll outline IPTV basics and focus on primary management challenges and b...
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Expanding Visibility with NBAR and IP SLA

IP SLA and NBAR are important monitoring technologies that should be utilized for cost-effectively improving visibility and understanding of network and application performance. What are NBAR and IP SLA Technologies? Cisco offers enhanced monitoring functionality on select routers via NBAR and IP SLA technologies that examine, analyze and classify network traffic. Each operates independently and enables more effective management and improved performance, especially where the ability to install p...
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Telus notes rapid smartphone, data growth in Q4 results

Canadian quadruple-play operator Telus has posted a 5.3% year-on-year rise in consolidated revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011 to CAD2.69 billion (USD2.68 billion), and a 4% increase in quarterly EBITDA to CAD874 million as sales growth was offset in part by higher costs to acquire and retain wireless customers and to support expansion in its IPTV and fixed broadband service divisions. Net income for the three months to the end of December 2011 climbed 5% year-on-year to CAD237 million, with ...
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MTS Allstream Reports Q4 Results

Canadian full-service telco MTS Allstream has reported full-year revenues for 2011 which declined by 1% to CAD1.765 billion (USD1.762 billion), although consolidated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) climbed to CAD594 million from CAD565 million the previous year. Wireless revenues increased by 8.6% to CAD356 million for the full-year, driven by a 46.1% increase in wireless data revenues that generated a 4.1% increase in ARPU for the year. At 31 December 2011,...
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New Software Update for Spectracom NTP Time Servers

Spectracom has released version 3.4.8 software for the model 9200 and 9300 series of NetClocks and Ethernet Time Servers.  Two of the more prevalent changes incorporated in the version 3.4.8 software update are faster NTP synchronization after each reboot and improved operation when syncing the NTP server to other NTP servers on the same network (instead of syncing it to other references, such as GPS, IRIG or ASCII RS-485 data) – making the NTP server a dedicated Stratum 2 NTP time server. ...
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