As networking has matured, the focus of engineering and operations has shifted from connectivity to optimization, and from availability to performance. Rising interest in understanding the broader operations picture has also transformed the demands of management tools and technologies. In parallel, there has been no break in the long-standing mantra for doing more with less – both in terms of monetary and human resources. These shifts are prompting re-evaluations of monitoring strategies and products in organizations of all sizes. This ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) white paper examines the importance of finding extensible, cost-effective network performance management solutions that fit deployment needs beyond the NOC to extend value into the datacenter, and thus deliver greater Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) benefits.