How well do you know your software development colleagues? While network administrators and software developers may seem like they speak different languages (how’s your Ruby on Rails?) understanding how applications are developed and work on your network could help your company avoid clogged networks.
Of course there are plenty of good network traffic monitor and network behavior analysis tools to help troubleshoot networks, but getting closer to the applications zipping on your networks is just as important. Applications security has become top priority for organizations, and networking companies such as Cisco continue to extend their products to managing cloud computing applications.
Software developers are also understanding the need to get closer to their network colleagues. For example, one unidentified Oracle database administrator wrote to TechTarget saying that they are getting more and more inquisitive about how network problems affect applications. The DBA has used the ping command to check the network’s health and is keen to learn more.
Network performance isn’t the only reason for software developers becoming interested in networking. Applications security is a top priority for many organizations and there’s a growing industry in teaching developers how to write secure code. Security certification provider (ISC)2 is pushing its Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional certification (CSSLP), for example. A CSSLP demonstrates an understanding for the security implications in software development and translates security requirements into application design, according to (ISC)2.
With software developers thinking more and more about security and networking issues, isn’t it time to make friends with your software colleagues?