As virtualization transforms data center technology, it raises both challenges and opportunities on the testing and assurance front. Testing company Spirent dove into these issues at the recent Tech Field Day, Virtualization Field Day 3.
In this video from the event (watch below), Paul To, Spirent director of SDN and virtualization, talks about virtualized testing use cases, enterprise delivery models, and how virtualization is shaping the company’s strategy for the future.
The constantly changing mix of physical and virtual network traffic — not to mention the numerous ways overlays and underlays interact with the network — is pushing traditional limits of testing, To said. To, who is responsible for Spirent’s solution strategy and go-to-market strategy, noted that customers today are focusing less on testing specific individual protocols and more on looking for ways to validate real-world solutions end-to-end. “Now we’re seeing a need not just to validate topologies in the lab, but to help with live deployments,” he said.
This raises difficulties for testing companies, but it also opens numerous opportunities to provide new services to the market. With testing companies at such an inflection point, To addressed both enterprise and carrier perspectives as he gave attendees a glimpse of how Spirent is approaching the immediate future. He described how Spirent is developing a test orchestration framework that would allow people to insert test ports anywhere into a hypervisor or physical network based on whether they’re trouble shooting or testing. To took a close look at potential use cases including:
- Validating NFV/service chaining
- Testing live migration of VMs
- Validating the impact of virtualized network functions
- Active monitoring and fault isolation
- DevOps automation and continuous integration
Check out the video to learn more about how Spirent is evolving its testing and assurance offerings in the “everything orchestrated” world and how other companies can differentiate themselves in it.