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Accedian PM Solution Addresses NFV Environments

By Paula Bernier June 01, 2017

Accedian has come out with a new version of its performance assurance solution SkyLIGHT. New with this release is network functions virtualization performance monitoring capability. In fact, analyst Michael Howard of IHS Markit says this solution is the only one on the market that can do completely virtual one-way monitoring.

The new SkyLIGHT supports both mesh and hub-spoke active testing. That, Accedian explains, dramatically enhances the scalability and pervasiveness of one-way performance monitoring by adding a hardware-assist option that makes virtual cloud synchronization more accurate. The company says that, as a result, its solution on this front is up to 10 times better than those of competitors.

SkyLIGHT also employs standards-based reflectors and network performance elements, features small form factor modules at sender locations that can each monitor thousands of sessions, and delivers microsecond-level accuracy. It provides measurement reporting down to the seconds. And it offers seamless integration with third-party standards-compliant network element PM responders.

More than 15 of the world’s leading network operators already use SkyLIGHT to get visibility into their networks. That list includes Reliance Jio and Telefonica.

Speaking of performance management and monitoring, the area of application performance monitoring and management is getting a lot of attention lately. In fact, Cisco recently spent $3.7 billion on APM company AppDynamics, making the move just as AppDynamics was preparing to go public. AppDynamics is expected to help Cisco provide end-to-end visibility and intelligence from the network through to the application.

AppDynamics, Dynatrace, and New Relic are the APM market leaders. Others in this space include BMC, CA Technologies, HPE, IBM, and Riverbed (which announced plans to buy APM company Aternity in July of last year), which Gartner placed in the challengers category of its APM Magic Quadrant. Correlsense, Microsoft, and Oracle are considered niche players. And Gartner defines Nastel Technologies as the APM market’s sole visionary.

Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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