target audience: TECH BUYER Publication date: Jul 2023 - Document type: IDC Perspective - Doc Document number: # US50981423
Network Observability: Advantages of a Cloud-Based SaaS Delivery Model
This IDC Perspective discusses network observability and the advantages of a cloud-based SaaS delivery model. As network requirements become more complex and critical and experience with cloud-based services (e.g., IaaS, SaaS) builds, the advantages of cloud-based SaaS-delivered network management solutions move to the forefront when enterprises are evaluating their options in network observability. Here, ready access, flexible packaging, feature velocity, solution simplicity, and improved baselining are just some of the advantages presented by network observability solutions delivered via a SaaS model. Today, spending on these SaaS-delivered network observability solutions lags investment in similarly focused on-premises hardware and software systems. However, owing to their distinct advantages and solid match to future IT directions and requirements, customers are accelerating their adoption of SaaS-delivered solutions. Just as the industry is seen with SaaS-delivered business applications, IT organizations are turning more and more to centralized service-based management solutions — not just across the network but across all of the digital infrastructure.
"Now that the world has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and is, once again, accelerating digital business initiatives, lessons learned from the pandemic combined with proven practices from early digital transformers has IT organizations leaning into the cloud operating model that has proven so successful across computing and application domains within IT," says Mark Leary, director, Network Observability and Automation at IDC. "Moving to cloud-based management solutions delivers the flexibility, agility, functionality, accessibility, and security that matches a network environment that is under constant pressure to heighten service integrity and capability in response to fast-moving business requirements and technology advancements."