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What are the Advantages of Third Party Testing?
As Nemertes Research, vokes ITO (Infrastructure Test Optimization), and Gartner research notes, and numerous other sources observe, implementation of IT initiatives such as data center network design, consolidation, and virtualization represent significant infrastructure and budget commitments that carry considerable risk. The value of testing to mitigate these risks is clear. Relying on in-house engineering resources, who may not have the required testing expertise, may too often bring unreliable testing results. Therefore customers who engage third-party test partners follow an established and prudent strategy of ensuring success in their IT initiative and protect the initial investment cost of the initiative.
network testing, cloud, data center testing
In addition to isolating and correcting problems before deployment, third-party testing provides CapEx and OpEx savings by using a third-party test infrastructure, obviating the need to acquire and maintain a test bed year round, and eliminating the time and cost to train test engineers to gain expertise in current best practices. Subsequent engagements by the same third party, whose value was verified by earlier engagements, become even more cost-effective and efficient.

Need to see more detail on DCN testing guidelines and best practices?

Examples of the best practices appear in case studies outlined in both a set of short webinars and a white paper on this topic. Click here for the Spirent Learn in 10 on-demand webinars and check out "The Results" presentation. Or download the DCN Testing Best Practices white paper.

In our next blog, we'll look at how you choose a third-party test partner for a new DCN initiative.
By: Glen Cory Jr. - 8/29/2014 10:17:15 AM
Tags: Network Testing, Cloud, Data Center Testing


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