There is perhaps no hotter buzzword in the technology space right now than virtualization—and for good reason. Organizations are turning to virtualization in droves, seeking to reduce the space and power costs associated with running a traditional hardware-heavy network.

Still, nearly 60 percent of companies have seen a slowdown in their virtualization efforts according to a report from Nemertes Research. So, although organizations may be reaping some of the benefits of virtualized networks, many are likely not realizing its full value.

As network engineers know all too well, a virtual topology is fundamentally different from the architectures of the past. In a virtual network, traffic never touches the physical network, where it becomes easier to capture and analyze. In other words, network monitoring in a virtual environment is a c0ompletely different animal that requires a different set of tools.

A network monitoring solution for virtual environments must be able to monitor critical applications running within virtual environments at all times and have the capability to notify IT personnel as soon as any problem arises. Savvius’ OmniEngine, for example, operates as an application on a virtual network and can analyze traffic passing between a physical host and virtual machines. This way, otherwise “invisible traffic” comes into plain view.

As bandwidth needs continue to increase and data centers scale accordingly, virtualization will only grow more common. Emerging trends like network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) are also gathering steam, which will make monitoring nontraditional networks even more critical moving forward. In fact, a recent report from Research and Markets projects that the global NFV, SDN and wireless network infrastructure market will grow to $21 billion  by 2020.

The likelihood is that your organization is already running on a virtual network or will be in the near future. Make sure you get the full value from it. Omnipeek network analysis software is Savvius’s award-winning solution for monitoring, analyzing, and troubleshooting networks of all kinds. As its name implies, Omnipeek has been designed to provide comprehensive visibility into network traffic: local and remote, wired and wireless, and networks of all speeds. To learn more about Omnipeek 9.1 click here.