Enterprise Cloud Trends and Importance of Benchmarking and Performance Test

Keshava RajuThe Cloud adoption is moving from hype to a reality because of its promising offerings ranging from flexibility, scalability, agility and significant savings in capital and operational expenses. With rising availability of many cloud-native applications and service models, cloud deployments will see a growth in the coming days, writes Keshava Raju, Technical Marketing Engineer (Cloud and Virtualisation Technologies), Spirent for Elets News Network (ENN).

With the advent of Internet of Everything (IoE), business must leverage on the benefits that cloud offers. Industry experts anticipate that concepts like Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will continue to innovate real-time data analytics. In addition to this, cloud computing is also extending help by making IoE a reality. While AI generates and uses large volume of data, clouds stores and processes that data.

Cloud computingConsumers need faster network to experience real time access to their applications. Cloud is expected to be agile and offer faster services to provide better user experience. Today’s evolving cyber threats put increased demands on cyber security. A robust analysis of cyber security trends is needed to make informed decisions during product development, security investments and to ensure application accessibility and reliability, while elevating security assurance.

Enterprise private cloud design and deployment creates many challenges. Migration from bare metal workload to virtual workload is a challenge and it is an uncertainty area for customers. And, when multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) instantiates and starts to work on the shared cloud infra there can be performance issues on all VMs as all of them will start to contend on the shared infrastructure.

Consumers needs faster network access to experience real time access to their applications. Cloud is expected to be agile and offer faster services to provide better user experience.

Frequently Asked Questions by consumers in terms of challenges faced:

  1. How many VMs can I run on my cloud?
  2. How much resources I need to procure for my cloud?
  3. How much scalable is my cloud?
  4. What is the performance of the compute resources?
  5. What is the performance of the virtual network infra?
  6. What is the performance of the central storage?
  7. What should be preferred a diskbased storage or flash storage?
  8. How will I migrate my bare metal application to VW (Virtual Workload)?
  9. What is the performance of my application after it migrated to a virtual workload?
  10. Can my cloud infrastructure and applications defend against the broad range of malware/attacks?

At Spirent, we have solutions to validate the cloud design and all of the above deployment challenges. It helps enterprises in benchmarking and capacity planning their cloud infra. Spirent offers realistic, preemptive intelligence on network security testing and performance that enables you to make proactive decisions on testing and validating performance, up time, and defense of a broad range of targets including networks, applications and devices (app testing and mobile testing).

Cloud deployments varies in behaviour on different platforms, therefore testing, measurement and benchmarking of the cloud Infrastructure performance, network performance, application performance and efficiency of lifecycle management is very important to achieve hassle free high-performance cloud.

Author’s profile:
Keshava Raju, Technical Marketing Engineer (Cloud and Virtualisation Technologies), SpirentHe is a technology influencer and seasoned business professional with 15 years of experience with leading technology firms. Raju has strong experience in architecting and implementing Cloud, Software Defined Infrastructure solutions and application security for Enterprises and Telcos.
He has exposure in multiple Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products and Open source technologies. Raju is a keen follower of technology trends and holds a sturdy understanding of their potential business impact. At Spirent he is working to address customer’s Cloud / Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) design and implementation challenges with Spirent’s Cloud and Virtualisation solutions, his work includes:

  1. Cloud infrastructure performance test.
  2. Capacity planning of the cloud infrastructure.
  3. Cloud infrastructure benchmarking by mimicking customer’s workloads with realistic load generation and regression testing to stress test and benchmark the Cloud infrastructure.
  4. Validate, design & build enterprise cloud to achieve high performance cloud with significant cost savings on investment, Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditure (OPEX).
  5. Systems tuning for the best performance of the cloud.
  6. Benchmark application performance & security compliance.
  7. Ensure Cloud infrastructure and applications defends in response to the latest broad range of malware/attacks.
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