Pokémon Go Effects That Are Causing Virtualization Problems (You’re Unaware Of)

Date Posted: September 26, 2016

Pokémon Go – When a Little Data Leads to a Big Drag

Imagine a hypothetical scenario where you are witnessing the NBA finals live in the stadium wearing your smart glasses that suddenly pop up stats showing a player approach a triple-double as you continue to watch the game! Sounds unrealistic? Then how about bumping into people who are running around the streets chasing virtual Pokémon’s? Something that you never thought of is now possible simply by streaming live with a virtual reality device. Pokémon Go presents a compelling case of just how demanding a single app can get when accessed by multiple users simultaneously.

According to an analysis performed by a Procera Networks, the game has been accessed by approximately 7% of 2 million mobile users in just a span of three hours. While these sessions required a small amount of bandwidth as compared to other applications, what adversely affected the network performance was a large number of users simultaneously accessing the app, which led to an exponentially increase in drag, bumping up server load.

Wondering how does that relate to your virtual infrastructure? Can you guarantee a seamless VR experience when your app is being accessed by the masses? Is your virtual infrastructure fully-equipped to handle the augmented reality of the hybrid-cloud? To overcome the limitations of virtual reality, enterprises are increasingly looking to leverage SDN (software-defined networking)so that they can ramp up resources as and when needed.

Your network needs to evolve in order to:

  • Be able to respond instantly
  • React to on-demand service in real-time
  • Orchestrate a positive end-user experience
  • Know the impending traffic spikes
  • Provide adequate capacity and connectivity

Only when the underlying network is adequately equipped in terms of connectivity, quality of service and network topology, can it cater to the demands of virtual reality and augmented reality.

Network Performance Monitoring – The Answer to the Problem

Throughput, latency and bandwidth play a vital role in determining quality of service. Reviewing performance metrics and network component statistics through a virtualization monitoring tool can provide real-time insights into network performance. This enables the system administrator to optimize network performance and prevent network issues from affecting the end-user experience. A network monitoring tool can easily prevent app performance issues by:

  • Enabling end-to-end visibility into client devices and users
  • Tracking performance levels with second-by-second granularity
  • Running root cause analysis in real-time
  • Accelerating the troubleshooting time through powerful DVR-like recordings
  • Avoiding storms by providing precise rebalancing advice

The business benefits that a full-featured network monitoring tool brings along are improved operational efficiency, increased productivity for the end-user, faster problem resolution, increased security and instantaneous remediation advice that helps meet SLAs.

Xangati – A Performance Control Platform That Enables Optimal Capacity Utilization

Xangati’s service assurance analytics framework enables consistent checking of changes in traffic that could indicate a problem. Xangati allows system administrators to optimize network performance by offering a complete view of networking and other siloed assets from beginning to end irrespective of where your resources reside. With live insights into virtualization issues, Xangati goes beyond conventional monitoring solutions,empowering enterprises to gain complete control over virtual applications.

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