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Do You Know What’s Running on Your Network?

Funny thing about myths—they always seem to spread quickly. But more often than not, they’re not based in fact. We’ve all wondered if Elvis really did just leave the building, or whether the Loch Ness monster does exist. (To our knowledge, neither is true.)

But myths are really easy to debunk—especially myths about “good-enough” networks. We’ve debunked a lot of myths about them lately: You now know that networks don’t serve a single purpose, you can’t simply bolt-on security or basic QoS; you can’t lock yourself into a standards-based network, and you can’t just consider a network’s acquisition cost.

So now it’s time to debunk the last myth: The Application and End-Point Ignorant Network myth. If you’ve outfitted your business with a good-enough network, then you’ll be out in the cold when you want to know what is happening—a good-enough network won’t provide the tools you need to solve real performance, endpoint, and application challenges.

Thankfully, next-generation networks today have the ability to understand the applications being run. A next-generation network can also see the end-users of those applications, and even deduce what devices they are using. Cisco provides these three things combined in the AppVelocity Network Service, and a “good-enough” network can’t deliver these capabilities.

Over on Silicon Angle, you can read the full blog entry on why a tactical “good enough” network does not include the capabilities to increase visibility, prioritize traffic, and optimize performance. And check out these blog entries on the previous six myths:

* Seven Myths of the Good Enough Network
* Myth #1: Single-Purpose Network
* Myth #2: Security as a Bolt-on Myth
* Myth #3: Basic QoS Myth
* Myth #4: Just Look for Standards
* Myth #5: Basic Warranty
* Myth #6: Acquisition Cost

These seven deadly myths of the good-enough network show that the network is more than a utility for basic transport. A next-generation enterprise network is intelligent, scalable, and secure, responding to the needs of business both today, and in the future.

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