TestPlant launches eggPlant Network

eggPlant range now includes network emulation allowing testers to comprehensively test app performance

TestPlant, the maker of the eggPlant range of software quality tools, today announced the launch of eggPlant Network. The product allows test and operations teams to emulate network conditions as part of the test and measurement of real user experience for digital services.

The assessment of how network conditions affect the user experience is often overlooked, as observed by leading technology research and advisory firm Forrester. There is a distinct gap in the armory of most enterprise “testing centers of excellence” for this element of testing application performance.

The eggPlant range already includes eggPlant Functional for automated GUI and device testing and eggPlant Performance for enterprise and cloud server testing. eggPlant Network adds a third and essential dimension to service assurance testing, allowing measurement of an app’s performance over GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, satellite and LAN/WAN connections.

The eggPlant Network appliance is easy-to-use. No network management experience is required – testers simply tell eggPlant Network where the client and the server are located and what’s the network connection and its condition. eggPlant Network then automatically configures an accurate and repeatable emulation of that connection.

“Today’s applications have to communicate over networks and their perceived performance is greatly affected by the type and state of these connections. Previously, if testing of networks was included, near-perfect internal networks were used giving optimistically favorable results,” says Antony Edwards, CTO of TestPlant. “We’ve introduced eggPlant Network to inject realism into the whole test environment.”

eggPlant Network is on show at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 2 – 5 March 2015. Come visit us in Hall 6, stand 6J41.

Or find out more on our website: http://www.testplant.com/eggplant/testing-tools/eggplant-network/

About TestPlant
TestPlant is an international software business based in London. It has development centers in the USA and the UK with sales and support centers in the USA, the UK, Germany and Asia as well as an extensive network of business partners. TestPlant’s products are used in over 30 countries by well over 350 enterprise customers in sectors which include Financial Services, Automotive, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment, Retail and Defense and Aerospace. The eggPlant range is a set of tools which supports the design, development, test and management of software applications for mainframe, desktop and mobile use in any technology platform environment. The tools are relevant in agile, mobile, web and DevOps deployments. eggPlant use improves and reports on the quality and responsiveness of software systems, reduces time to market and lowers costs by introducing process automation. The eggPlant tools have been granted patents with several applications pending. The company’s achievements have been recognised within the software industry and by the venture capital community. TestPlant is also a Red Herring Global Top 100 company, a Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 and an EMEA 500 business and is a recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. http://www.testplant.com

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IBM to invest $1 bn for storage software development

Enterprise IT vendor IBM is planning to invest more than $1 billion in its storage software business over the next five years — to accelerate its development.

The IT company aims to extend its storage leadership. IDC ranked IBM as the #1 in software defined storage platforms vendor for the first three quarters of 2014.

The focus of the investment will be on Research and Development of cloud storage software, object storage and open standard technologies including OpenStack.

Meanwhile, IBM announced the launch of its storage software to address data storage inefficiencies.

The new software called IBM Spectrum Storage, which incorporates more than 700 patents, creates an efficient data footprint that dynamically stores every bit of data at the optimal cost, helping maximize performance and ensuring security.

Importantly, the IBM Spectrum Storage assists enterprises to transform to a hybrid cloud business model by managing data from a single dashboard.  The IBM software assists clients move data to the right location from flash storage for fast access to tape and cloud for the lowest cost.

By 2019, 70 percent of existing storage array products will be available as software only versions. By 2020, between 70 percent and 80 percent of unstructured data will be held on lower-cost storage managed by software defined storage environments, said Gartner.

IBM Spectrum Accelerate is the first software product that the company has based on the software from its XIV high-end storage appliance. IBM Spectrum Accelerate enables clients to layer their infrastructure with intelligent features derived from XIV.

These features include unique architecture with zero-tuning that can help clients dynamically add storage capacity in minutes versus the months it takes today to add, install and run storage hardware systems. The software can help provide business continuity upon disaster for all committed data, compared to the risk of losing 15 minutes of data or more with certain other competing storage software.

Netflix recently tapped IBM for creating a more agile storage infrastructure for its data management challenges. The company deployed IBM XIV Gen3 storage systems to manage its databases, development, testing and back-up operations.

As part of the networking deal, Netflix has replaced 16 existing storage systems with only three XIV systems for an 80 percent reduction in actual data center floor space. Netflix expects the systems will enable the company to boost its database transactions per minute.

Image by IBM: Jamie Thomas, General Manager Storage and Software Defined with the Spectrum Accelerate mobile dashboard.

Source: infotechlead.com

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NEC helps operators cut backhaul spectrum lease and power costs with new 2048 QAM solutions

NEC’s 2048 QAM backhaul solution uses spectrum more efficiently to process up to 40% more data and reduces operators’ power usage and costs

London, January 29, 2015 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the global launch of its iPASOLINK 100A and 200A mobile backhaul and small cell solutions. These new 6-42Ghz frequency additions NEC’s comprehensive converged wireless and optical iPASOLINK family help to reduce mobile operators’ spectrum lease and power costs and enhance their customers’ experience of using a wide range of mobile data services.
The latest products, along with NEC’s previously introduced All Outdoor Radio (AOR) lineup, support high modulation schemes up to 2048 QAM for native Ethernet and TDM transmission enabling them to transport up to 40% more data than previous 256QAM systems. With this massive leap forward in spectral efficiency, mobile network operators can transport more traffic using a single radio unit rather than installing multiple microwave systems and antennae and incurring multiple spectrum and tower lease costs at each site on an annual basis.

The iPASOLINK 100A and 200A help mobile network operators boost network capacity to keep pace with ever rising use of mobile data, including consumer video services and enterprise apps used by mobile workers. They can be used to backhaul traffic in various circumstances from small cells to an aggregation point and transport it via the backbone in milliseconds to the operator’s core network.

The products feature a compact and light Indoor Unit (IDU) making them easy to install. A new fanless “free air” cooling system and highly efficient digital processing and RF technologies reduce power usage and maintenance requirements. Additional energy savings of around 20% have been made in the Outdoor Unit (ODU) with its Adaptive Modulation Radio (AMR) and Automatic Transmit Power Control (ATPC) capabilities.

Steve Walthew, Product Manager in NEC’s Mobile Wireless Solutions Division said, “Spectrum leases represent a significant portion of operators’ total backhaul network costs. More spectrally efficient solutions – like the iPASOLINK 100A and 200A – are crucial to help them scale networks to meet capacity demands while containing their capital and operational costs. In many countries operators are restricted by the amount of available spectrum and making more efficient use of their allocation is paramount to improve the customer’s experience of their network and ability to use new revenue generating mobile data services.”

It’s for these reasons that NEC’s iPASOLNK with 2048QAM high modulation capacity has already been selected by numerous telecom carries around the world and over ten thousand systems are already in the field globally.

NEC was among the first vendors to develop a 2048 QAM product in 2012 and has rapidly commercialized the technology, bringing it across its full product range.

NEC is continuing to aim to provide the most advanced and most comprehensive range of mobile backhaul solutions on the market. NEC’s mobile backhaul solutions will be featured at Mobile World Congress in Hall 3 on stand #3N10 on 2-5 March 2015.

For further information about “iPASOLINK”, please visit http://www.nec.com/en/global/prod/nw/pasolink/index.html

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