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“We didn't get any messages, and Captain Blackadder definitely did not shoot that delicious plump-breasted pigeon." – Lieutenant George to General Melchett and Captain Darling
In the series “Blackadder goes Forth”, set in the trenches of WW1, Edmund Blackadder avoids multiple types of messages for the company to “go over the top”. These messages come in the form of a telegram (addressed to “Catpain Blackudder”), telephone (the wrong number and latterly, a very poor connection), and a carrier pigeon (General Melchett’s beloved Speckled Jim).
Businesses today are faced with communication problems similar to that of General Melchett:
- Visibility – How does the Enterprise know whether their network is performing as it should to support their applications?
- Performance – How does it ensure that it gives its applications the quality of bandwidth they need?
- Choice – How can a business achieve the necessary flexibility to choose its connection method?
- Cost – OK, the analogy falls down here although the death of Speckled Jim came at great emotional cost to General Melchett. Regardless, how can businesses maximise network performance in a cost efficient way?