Gartner Research

Rethink Network Monitoring for the Cloud Era

Published: 06 December 2018

ID: G00371293

Analyst(s): Gregg Siegfried, Simon Richard


Existing device-centric network monitoring does not scale or provide the needed visibility for cloud and digital-business-era applications. To correlate network availability and performance and tie to application health, technical professionals must leverage analytics and prioritize network data.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • The Goals of Network Monitoring
    • Passively Gathered Data Versus Actively Generated Data
    • Historical and Real-Time Data
  • Domain 1: Log and Event Data
    • 1.1 How to Collect the Data
    • 1.2 How to Use the Data
    • 1.3 Guidance
  • Domain 2: Metrics Data
    • 2.1 How to Collect the Data
    • 2.2 How to Use the Data
    • 2.3 Guidance
  • Domain 3: Flow Data
    • 3.1 How to Collect the Data
    • 3.2 How to Use the Data — What Is the Data Good For?
    • 3.3 Guidance
  • Domain 4: Packet Data
    • 4.1 How to Collect the Data
    • 4.2 How to Use the Data
    • 4.3 Guidance
  • Domain 5: Configuration Data
    • 5.1 How to Collect the Data
    • 5.2 How to Use the Data
    • 5.3 Guidance
  • Domain 6: Forwarding, Routing and Path Data
    • 6.1 How to Collect the Data
    • 6.2 How to Use the Data
    • 6.3 Guidance
  • Domain 7: Bringing It All Together With the Data Pipeline
    • 7.1 The Monitoring Data Pipeline (MDP)
    • 7.2 The Monitoring Data Pipeline Components
    • 7.3 Guidance

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Risks
  • Pitfalls
  • Related Guidance

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