Marie Hattar
Chief Marketing Officer

Preparing Hyperscale Data Centers for the Perfect Storm

December 10, 2016 by Marie Hattar

There’s a perfect storm approaching for organizations running large data centers in the cloud.  Traffic volumes are doubling and redoubling: Cisco’s latest Global Cloud Index states that by 2020, cloud data center traffic will reach 14.1 ZB per year, up from 3.9 ZB per year in 2015 (a zettabyte is one trillion gigabytes);  and by 2020, 92 percent of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers and just 8 percent by traditional data centers.

At the same time, growing concerns over data security are driving a rapid growth in encrypted traffic.  Data from Sandvine estimated that 70 percent of global Internet traffic is encrypted, and 85 percent of requests to Google’s servers use encrypted connections. Encrypted traffic improves overall security, however inspecting that traffic for malicious content and behavior is difficult and creates performance bottlenecks.

What’s more, malicious attacks such as DDoS exploits have reached record scale in 2016. For example, the first wave of MIRAI Botnet DDoS reached 665Gbps using Internet of Things(IoT) devices.

Despite this looming storm of data and escalating threats, users of cloud services and applications quite reasonably expect their experience of those services to be either at, or above the current levels. Faced with these conflicting demands, how should cloud providers, service providers and enterprises test their cloud networks to ensure they deliver the availability and performance expected of them, while remaining resilient and without introducing security vulnerabilities?

The answer is cloud-scale testing and validation – and to support organizations from network equipment manufacturers to enterprises and data center operators in finding the right balance between delivering an excellent user experience, high application performance, resilience and security, we have introduced CloudStorm.

CloudStorm is the industry’s first 2.4 terabit application and security test solution, to meet the needs of today and those of the future. Its innovative architecture allows concurrent emulation of complex applications, unprecedented SSL encrypted application traffic, and massive volumes of DDoS traffic to validate that network infrastructures perform at their best, and remain secure.

CloudStorm can achieve over 960Gbps of traffic with strong encryption and ciphers, or 2.4 terabit DDoS throughput in a single chassis. This DDoS traffic is significant as it is more than double the volume of any previously known attack – in turn enabling users to truly assess how their hyperscale data centers will perform under the most severe real-world conditions.

The solution is also highly flexible, supporting 100, 50, 40, 25 and 10GE on the same port. This means customers do not need to purchase a variety of hardware to support each speed, decreasing capital expenditure, simplifying management and reducing data center and pre-deployment lab costs.

Why not find out more about how CloudStorm can help you to prepare for the perfect storms facing your cloud data centers?   Contact us for a demo.