Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: cPacket, E4, Ixia
March 21, 2015
Much of the news in network transformation this week centered on the theme of assuring performance of these new resources.
For example, new survey results from Ixia indicate that a good share of the nearly 75 percent of businesses that leverage virtualization doesn’t have good visibility into those environments.
Less than 40 percent of those that responded to the survey monitoring their virtualized network assets as they do their physical resources, according to Ixia, a company that sells solutions to enable visibility of virtualization solutions. And the others said they don’t have the ability to monitor their virtual environments at all.
In other network assurance news this week, transformingnetworkinfrastructure’s Peter Bernstein reported about cPacket’s new Active Test solution. A standard feature in all of the company’s cVu-NG solutions, Active Test allows for granular and real-time stress testing of production environments in the data center and network operator scenarios.
The focus of Active Test is on performance assurance, proactive mitigation of imminent issues, and real-time troubleshooting. And it complements passive monitoring, cPacket explains, by challenging the production network above baseline behaviors.
Bernstein also wrote about how Italy’s E4 Computer Engineering has launched the ThunderX ARM8 ARKA dense computing server family to address the cornucopia of structured and unstructured data coming into data centers.
The new E4 product is a 64-bit ARM platform that integrates a graphics processing unity, InfiniBand technology, and ThunderX, as well as support for compilers and Linux OS, libraries, compilers and applications.
"ThunderX powered ARKA Series server provides a versatile and flexible platform for the hyper-scale data center," said Rishi Chugh, Director, Data Center Processor Group at Cavium. "E4 Computer Engineering extensive experience in HPC solution will enable highly competitive ThunderX based ARKA servers that are optimized for the Cloud, Web 2.0, HPC, and High Density Storage."