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Independent Research Study Finds Network Visibility Improves Incident Resolution Times for Network and Security Operations

Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced the results of a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Emulex. This study evaluated the range of issues that enterprise IT staffs face as they manage the performance of their business-critical application and business services. The results indicate that a lack of network visibility (i.e., ability to capture, record, search and visualize network traffic) negatively impacts the ability of IT staff to identify and resolve critical application performance issues, leading to substantial losses in business productivity and revenue. These conclusions are contained in a study entitled, “Improving Incident Response: Building a More Efficient IT Infrastructure,” based on a survey of 158 IT organizations with more than 1,000 employees in North America with direct responsibility for business-critical applications.

The study analyzed the current state of application availability and performance, the consequences of limited availability and performance issues, and the desire for an ideal service management automation solution. The survey that was conducted as a part of the study revealed that network performance and network security have a direct effect on application Quality of Service (QoS), and that the increasing complexity of enterprise networks has been impacting the ability of IT organizations to maintain QoS levels. Despite continued corporate IT investment hiring/training the best people and providing them with tools, the challenge of providing secure and highly available enterprise networks continues to increase because network operations (NetOps) and security operations (SecOps) staff often do not have the data they need to resolve critical issues. Network visibility was identified as a critical strategy to address this issue, and to improve workforce productivity and cost management related to the identification and resolution of network and security issues in the data center.

The Forrester study focused on the key challenges facing enterprise IT staff in the face of such trends as the arrival of public/private/hybrid cloud computing, server/network virtualization, and software-as-a-service applications. While these trends are without question enabling enterprises to conduct more transactions per dollar and per second, they also can hide the factors impacting network performance and security, and hence impact the ability of IT staff to resolve these issues.

One of the key findings of the study that illustrates this was that 56 percent of the IT operations staff can resolve less than 75 percent of their performance and availability issues in 24 hours. The importance of addressing this situation was illustrated by three conclusions from the study:

  • Performance of business services and their underlying applications and transactions are affected by the network, not only to improve or maintain productivity, but also as a way to contain costs.
  • As business initiatives add complexity to an already complex series of business services, networks grow in importance relative to the overall infrastructure, not only as the backbone supporting client interactions, but also as the highway between all aggregated applications that constitute a business service.
  • Business productivity and IT productivity are greatly dependent upon each other.

Recent catastrophic breaches in the retail sector and network issues in the banking sector highlight the negative impact that such network issues can have, not only on the bottom line of organizations, but also on customer loyalty and an organization’s brand. One of the key recommendations of this study was that a disciplined approach to incident response, including end-to-end visibility of network infrastructure, is critical to resolving incidents like these more effectively and to reducing the disruption such incidents has on enterprises, the IT staff of those enterprises, and on their customers.

“When the Forrester study revealed that a majority of the enterprises cannot resolve a quarter of their network performance and availability problems in 24 hours, it stood out as a red flag,” said Mike Riley, senior vice president and general manager, Endace division of Emulex. “As networks become more and more important, many leading organizations have begun to understand the need for accurate and complete network visibility to rapidly identify the root causes of problems confidently and without guesswork. We are committed to building the best network visibility systems to help customers get the most out of their staff and their existing tools, the end result of which is a dramatic improvement of their ability to resolve issues quickly and with a minimum of damage and disruption.”

The Forrester Consulting thought leadership paper commissioned by Emulex, “Improving Incident Response: Building a More Efficient IT infrastructure” can be viewed in its entirety here. Join our webcast with guest speaker Jean-Pierre Garbani, vice president, principal analyst, Forrester Research, Inc. on February 18, 2014 at 7 a.m. PT to learn more about the results of this leadership paper. Register here.

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About Emulex

Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, provides hardware and software solutions for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government and telecommunications. Emulex’s products enable unrivaled end-to-end application visibility, optimization and acceleration. The Company's I/O connectivity offerings, including its line of ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products, have been designed into server and storage solutions from leading OEMs, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, and can be found in the data centers of nearly all of the Fortune 1000. Emulex’s monitoring and management solutions, including its portfolio of network visibility and recording products, provide organizations with complete network performance management at speeds up to 100Gb Ethernet. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. For more information about Emulex (NYSE:ELX) please visit http://www.Emulex.com.

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