As businesses move faster and faster toward a hybrid IT environment, the complexity of their network is increasing, which, in turn, is creating a number of troubling challenges for IT professionals.

A new SolarWinds report of more than 1000 IT professionals, managers, directors, and senior executives found that budget, time constraints, and observability challenges make hybrid IT difficult to achieve.

More than a third (37%) of respondents said they implement monitoring strategies to manage complexity, but more than half (53%) said they don't have adequate visibility into most of their applications and infrastructure. As a result, they struggle to detect anomalies, discover the roots of various problems, and ensure the continued availability and proper performance of business-critical applications.

Priority to visibility

For SolarWinds President and CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna, now is the time for organizations to reflect and make the necessary changes: “As organizations look beyond the pandemic, they must re-examine their past years. Part of this requires organizations to have visibility into their IT environments to understand what works and what doesn't, and where to prioritize their efforts to achieve target ROI on their planned projects.

He also added that observability is now "the clear answer" for tech professionals looking to manage increasingly complex environments. “However, organizations need to set aside time and resources to hone their skills and train technology professionals to help them properly implement observability strategies and more effectively manage hybrid IT realities, and prepare their teams and business for long-term success.

There are four approaches that can be taken to help manage complexity more effectively, writes Chris Buijs, Field CTO, NS1, in his essay here (opens in a new tab): infrastructure resource modeling; traffic management; network automation; and finally the observability of the network.

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