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Long before the invention of the modern computer, the fibre optic network or the applications that use both to power 21st century business, the famous German sociologist, Emile Durkheim, wrote that the exclusive objective of any successful organisation is to ‘increase control of man over things.’

Those things can be any kind of technology, resource or service. If you can’t control their operation, supply or the way they interact with each other, then you can’t create an agile organisation that can respond to changing market needs.

The rise of a host of applications such as CRM and ERP, amongst many others, have proved to be of great benefit to organisations that work across different sites, or which need to deliver a responsive service to demanding consumers or end-users. But, until now, controlling those applications, and the demands they make on your network, has been problematic.

You need to be able to ensure that, for instance, your CRM applications have the right bandwidth to be able to cope with demand. You need toensure that conflicts on the network don’t slow transactions down, or that your network gets clogged with too much traffic.

Should you increase bandwidth? Do you have to pay for more bandwidth now, but then not need it later? Are there errors in the way your applications have been configured? If there are, can they be recognised quickly and then overcome with minimal disruption to your business?

Those are all vital questions. Colt has created Application Aware Networking to provide customers with fine controls which go beyond the traditional Class-of-Service approach, and deliver the intelligence you need to make decisions, and the power to actually make changes from a central control point.

It’s a much more granular approach that benefits you in three important ways: firstly, you can be sure about how much bandwidth you really need and don’t end up paying for too much. Secondly, you can ensure a quality response on a per application basis consistently; you can optimize the way applications behave on the network and handle priorities and bandwidth usage among them very finely, as well as getting an SLA for each application with penalties. And thirdly, you can pinpoint configuration errors which might be slowing down applications and can fix them easily.

Application Aware Networking gives you a dashboard from which you get a detailed, real-time view of how your applications are working, individually and together, and, vitally, the tools you need to make changes to ensure that all are working to their full potential.

Simply, when it comes to your applications – you’re in total control. And that means you can concentrate on serving your customers with what they want.

Find out more about Application Aware Networking
https://www.colt.net/application-performance-management/

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08 October 2011

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