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April 28, 2010
Spirent, EANTC Help CIOs to Implement Cloud Computing in Enterprises

Spirent Communicationshas announced it partnered with the European Advanced Networking Test Center "EANTC"an independent test lab covering state-of-the-art service provider and enterprise tests.

 Both partners have joined hands to display a dynamic cloud computing test environment that targets the performance, availability, security and scalability of public, private and hybrid clouds.

 Spirent is a test & measurement company that inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations to enable customers to deploy communications networks, services & applications, and devices that enrich life.

 This test aims to spot the challenges that CIOs deal with as they develop and implement cloud computing tactics.

 im Jefferson, the general manager for networks and applications group at Spirent Communications (News - Alert) stated that migration to cloud computing, with a public, private or hybrid approach, is not just about economics.

 Spirent allows CIOs to adopt a strategy that deliver on the promise of cloud computing by testing PASS.

 The test methodology and significant findings of the cloud computing demonstration, displayed live at the Interop (News - Alert) 2010 in Las Vegas, are explained in the demonstration's test report. The findings show that cloud computing service providers are not equal.

Service providers show different performance levels at different workloads. It also says that as companies transition to a hybrid cloud computing model, traditional network SLAs have to be re-examined.

 Other key findings are that distributed virtual switches are proving to be reliable during service disruptions and upgrades, taking only a few seconds to transfer services across physical resources; convergence of SAN and LAN with Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) delivered the required performance for storage; and that virtualization and high-speed Ethernet allow high availability with fast convergence times during live migration but the impact on application performance is a concern.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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