Those familiar with the SmartNIC industry may note that this is a resurgence of SmartNICs after they failed to pick up last time around. This time though, they have a strong catalyst in the cloud, hyperconverged data centers, big data, and more. But what is the best use of SmartNIC technology in your network? Is your implementation as high-performing as it should be? How will its use impact other applications? Are you opening a security loophole that exposes new vulnerabilities?
Testing with real-world application traffic and malicious threat vectors will provide the answers to these questions and many more. Testing is imperative to ensure SmartNICs live up to expectations this second time around. This document looks at a few areas where testing is critical to successful deployment.