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Spirent: Evaluating the Whole Picture of Cloud Computing
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May 13, 2010

Spirent: Evaluating the Whole Picture of Cloud Computing

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

(Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert)2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)

Interop 2010 presented an exciting opportunity for those in the technology and telecommunications space as it brought multiple players together in one location to provide informative presentation on new offerings, next-generation technologies and opportunities for the coming year.

TMCnet took advantage of this event to speak with a number of key industry players at Interop this year, including Ryan Tim Jefferson (News - Alert), General Manager of Spirent. Jefferson visited the TMCnet media booth for an interview captured on video.

Jefferson first noted that Spirent was excited to be at Interop. Overall, the company is focusing on making sure data centers are performing as necessary. He highlighted that there is a tremendous focus on cloud and that customers need to evaluate the performance of the cloud service and not just economics.

'Spirent has offered a new methodology to allow all CIOs to look at their infrastructure and make the right strategic decision about how to build a cloud infrastructure and how to evaluate different vendors they would use for cloud services,' said Jefferson.

What are customers saying about Spirent? It is a very exciting new area, some of the technology change over time has allowed premised-based solutions to work in a virtualized environment. When a switch is virtualized, you need a new method to test and detect performance. The same is true for the performance of apps.

Jefferson noted that there has been tremendous response back from community. The company has a demonstration at their Interop booth tat is showing the trade-off of a cloud environment. CIOs need to have a solid understanding of the performance levels they need out of the provider and challenge them to provide.

As for security, Jefferson noted that this is a really exciting area that will be addressed soon. There are so many appliance-based technologies and as they become virtualized, users may get same functionality, but not the same performance.

There are also whole new topologies for the testing environment. There are different understandings for virtual tools and environments. New channels are presenting new threats and they must be ready for them.

As for the Future for Spirent, Jefferson noted it will be all about services, improving performance in data centers and in networks. Spirent is trying to help providers get their products and services to market faster and with the solutions necessary to deploy services consumers need. To find out more, check out the video in full (Editor's Note: Apple (News - Alert)users can find the video here, in TMCnet's video library.):


Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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