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Spirent Advances Testing of Network Virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Spirent Communications, the leader in networks, services and devices testing, now offers enterprise IT managers and network system developers the ability to validate at scale the performance and security of their advanced network virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments. Spirent’s suite of solutions: Spirent TestCenter, Spirent Avalanche and Spirent Studio, offers customers a holistic approach to testing the quality of experience (QoE), security, uptime and scalability of private and public clouds.

Network virtualization decouples virtual networks from their underlying network hardware, providing greater flexibility and ease of management. VDI hosts the desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server, simplifying desktop management and better preparing the network for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) scenarios. These approaches offer enterprises viable options for smooth and reliable migration to a public or private cloud. However, both present a number of important challenges that must be addressed before products and service are deployed.

Testing with Spirent ensures that enterprises are prepared for secure VDI rollouts as well as scalable network virtualization cloud platforms, and are able to address fundamental issues that impact the new network, such as:

  • Determining the best performing cloud and VDI platform for different applications and services
  • Assessing the availability of end-to-end network, computing and storage resources during peak times
  • Ensuring readiness of next generation network security with profiles to detect undesirable applications and block them from being accessed
  • Validating the optimal scalability of cloud and VDI platforms as additional users and virtual machines are added

Key Facts:

  • Spirent TestCenter Virtual and Spirent Avalanche Virtual now offer expanded support for any type of hypervisor beyond VMware, including KVM, XEN and Hyper-V, to test network virtualization capabilities of cloud platforms such as OpenStack
  • Spirent Studio Security offers market-leading next generation firewall application awareness and vulnerability detection test capabilities for BYOD deployments
  • Spirent has partnered with Login VSI B.V. for VDI testing, adding realistic user emulation to determine optimal performance of private or public cloud-based VDI deployments
  • Spirent TestCenter OpenFlow tests performance and scale of virtual and physical devices in cloud networks based on Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Supporting Quote:

“Advances in network and desktop virtualization, along with strong user demand for private and public Infrastructure as a Service with secure BYOD access are accelerating the deployment of cloud and VDI platforms,” said Jurrie van den Breekel, director of Cloud and Data Center Solutions at Spirent. “Spirent’s newly-expanded test coverage enables companies to understand performance impacts, including end-user QoE concerns related to the latest additions of VMware, OpenStack and other platforms.”

For more information about Spirent’s Cloud testing solutions, visit

Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:44 PM by David Marshall
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