Taming the Complexities of Data Center Consolidation

March 26, 2014 by Ixia Blog Team

Acquisitions and organic growth bring organizations the complexity of multiple data centers, even though fewer would more-effectively support your mission objectives. These data centers support vital elements of business systems; so many times it is easier to leave them operational. Eventually, you’ll most likely end up with a mesh of inefficient, difficult-to-maintain, and costly network of data centers.

Data center consolidation is an increasing popular approach for enterprises and government organizations to achieve cost saving and gain efficiencies. However, the process of shutting down and relocating hardware and software elements creates complex challenges including miscalculated dependencies, under-scoped requirements, the need to support legacy applications across WAN, and exposure to new security vulnerabilities.

Real-World Testing at Scale

Testing and validating every step in the process is critical to the success of executing a data center consolidation strategy. It’s not enough to test networks for IP forwarding while verifying server and storage performance with synthetic, simplified tests. Modern networks, applications, and storage workloads are much more complex and have interdependencies than cannot be covered by these simple tests.

Ixia BreakingPoint and IxLoad solutions help you test data center performance and scalability by generating real-life, high-volume, and complex networking, application, and storage workloads, while injecting a battery of security attacks. With the pinpoint knowledge gained by assessing the infrastructure and finding hidden weaknesses at every step of the data center consolidation process, you can make meaningful adjustments and corrections to build performance and resiliency into your infrastructure.

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