Extending the Value of Your Existing Security and Monitoring Tools –
Also Referred to as Pulling a Rabbit Out Of Hat!
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Maybe you’re getting ready to perform a network upgrade – say 10G to 40G. Maybe you’ve just been through one. Maybe your IT budget is stretched far too thin with little relief coming. In all of these situations, one of the biggest portions of your monitoring budget is spent on purpose-built monitoring and security tools. Some examples include IPS’, SIEMs, threat detection tools, application monitoring tools, and network performance monitoring tools. These tools are necessary and useful but at the same time, they take budget away from other networking components that you need buy. If you run out of budget for both activities (building the network out completely and being able to monitor it completely), you need a way to compromise. You need a way to push your tools to the max, without losing critical data or causing yourself other problems, so that you still have money left to spend on other activities.
Return on investment (ROI) is an important factor for new technology purchase decisions. However, having invested in many security and monitoring tools, what is the best way to maximize the value of your tools and previous user training and experience? Cost avoidance for new tool purchases is one way for IT to maximize this ROI and make your security and monitoring solutions stronger. As we all know technology is rapidly changing and a usable life of 3 years or less for equipment is the norm. So, cost elimination can save you money up front but could end up costing your business 3 to 4 times more in the long run due to costly network downtime, opportunity cost for using expensive level 3 engineers to fight fires, longer mean times to repair, inefficient processes, QoS and QoE issues for customers and increased costs for mega breaches.