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What's more, Ixia noted that only a few data center switch vendors currently support 40Gbps ports, though most major NEMs will soon be delivering higher speeds in their top-of-rack and end-of-row switches -- with 100Gbps ports coming on new offerings for links between core switches.
To ensure that the new hardware meets the scalability and quality of service requirements of customers, Ixia said NEMs will need to test the delivery of traffic and applications delivery at 40/100Gbps speeds over various distances.
Testing The Cloud
Beginning next year, cloud providers will start to compete on more than price by highlighting the reliability, security and responsiveness of their public and private cloud environments, Ixia predicted. To back up their claims, however, they will need to conduct tests to verify the overall compute, storage, and network scalability of their cloud infrastructure .
To expose bottlenecks and optimize their own cloud infrastructures, enterprises also will need to test all aspects of the cloud-based environments on which their data centers will increasingly depend.
"There is massive innovation coming from cloud providers for every part of the stack, everything from application development and testing to technology solutions such as listening platforms," said Forrester Research Vice President Ted Schadler, in a recent blog.
Ixia expects data center managers to be on the lookout for ways to validate that their cloud providers are meeting their service level agreements as well as shortening their application deployment schedules.
Additionally, Ixia expects that the consumers of cloud services will find value in test solutions that can advise them about the requisite level of compute resources they need to deliver to specific areas to ensure that enterprise workers, clients and partners receive an adequate quality of experience.