For the last two weeks Gangplank’s bandwidth has appeared saturated. Our network performance has hovered around zero…
Since we knew the problem originated in the network, we needed a capable network analysis tool. Unfortunately, most network tools require a painful amount of configuration, display ridiculously complex options, and generally come across as “user unfriendly.” Luckily for us, Tempe based JumpBox made a great solution available.
JumpBox offers an array of ready-to-be-deployed virtual machines to quickly augment infrastructural support software. For us, this happened in the form of a pre-built, up-and-running-in-no-time JumpBox equipped with an instance of Cacti. Not counting the download time, which went by fast anyway, Cacti began capturing SNMP data from the network inside of 10 minutes. 30 minutes later, which included figuring out how to use it, we discovered the source of our bandwidth problem and rectified it.
No installation headaches. No clobbering software on another machine. No dependencies to deal with. Just a single virtual appliance running in Parallels on an iMac.
The lesson of this story: Ready-to-use Virtual appliances greatly ease the introduction of new tools into the IT environment.