Friday, March 16, 2012
Networking advances allowing for remote cloud testing
While cloud computing is rapidly advancing through the enterprise, its maturation is unearthing new issues with the technology. For example, more organizations are realizing that the cloud requires robust network infrastructure to support bandwidth. However, as they recognize this need, they are also finding that they do not have an effective means to evaluate how much capacity the cloud can deliver or the network can handle. This is especially challenging from the service provider's perspective.
According to a recent Cabling Installation and Maintenance report, a growing number of organizations are beginning to invest in remote cloud testing services that simulate network activity to help businesses and service providers recognize the capabilities of the cloud and supporting infrastructure. This allows for more predictable service expectations and a clearer adoption cycle for the technology.
The news source explained that remote cloud testing has become possible because of specialized network appliances and IT devices that are capable of simulating network traffic and usage patterns to help organizations understand what they can expect when they deploy a cloud solution.
The technology for these processes is already readily available, and deploying it successfully is primarily a matter of finding an effective timing device that can control the simulation, the report said. Once these solutions are put into place, organizations can run theoretical usage models that will show how much bandwidth is being used to obtain cloud services, what kind of performance disruptions may come into place and the types of adjustments that may need to be made to the network to support eventual cloud deployment.
Furthermore, the news source explained that the various tools that simulate network traffic within the cloud setup can be synchronized so effectively that the devices can be placed anywhere in the world, allowing organizations to thoroughly evaluate the cloud setup in light of operations in a diverse range of settings.
Being able to successfully evaluate how the cloud will impact the network is a key consideration for businesses adopting the technology, as it is likely that the cloud will require some form of hardware upgrade to support effective operational processes. Cloud computing depends heavily on delivering data-rich applications and services to end users entirely through the network, creating an environment in which the infrastructure typically needs more bandwidth or at least systems that help make the most of available throughput.
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