centers are evolving at an unprecedented pace thanks to technologies such as virtualization,
various types of cloud computing and software-defined networking. These technologies bring tremendous
value to customers but they also compound complexity. In this increasingly complicated
data center environment, you may be wondering if applications are performing as
they should. When a problem occurs, such as sluggish storage response, you certainly
want to shorten the troubleshooting time and, whenever possible, prevent problems
from happening. So the real challenge becomes how to help monitor your data
center application performance and improve data center productivity.
option to help you address this challenge is the network traffic access
point (TAP)-based performance
management system, as shown in the figure below. The passive optical fiber TAPs
pass through network traffic to support normal network operations. At the same
time, the TAPs couple network traffic to the performance management system. The
performance system supplies actionable information to data center managers.
Fiber TAP-based Performance Management System
enable real-time monitoring and provide zero loss of network traffic
information. Also, they can be deployed as part of the data center fiber
cabling infrastructure. For example, the SYSTIMAX® InstaPATCH® 360TM TAP module can be seamlessly
integrated into SYSTIMAX fiber cabling.
a TAP-based performance management system delivers full visibility on monitored
networks from the physical layer (Layer 1) to the application layer (Layer 7)
in real-time without any network packet losses. The actionable information from
the system may help save operating costs and troubleshooting time while reducing
the risk of application downtime.
large global semiconductor manufacturer adopted the InstaPATCH 360TM TAP
solution at the initial stages of implementing its data center core network
links to make the infrastructure ready for monitoring at anytime, anywhere,
without interruptions. If they had used the traditional TAP approach, they would
have had to schedule downtime to install the TAPs and then connect them to a monitoring
system. The traditional approach would waste precious troubleshooting time and
introduce undesired insertion loss in the fiber cabling. If you would like to know more about how
CommScope’s fiber TAP solution can help improve the performance of your data
center applications, leave a comment below and I will be sure to respond.