Heavy Reading Research

An Unclouded Day

With every new announcement that a company, application or service has introduced a cloud solution, the excitement over the benefits that the cloud can provide diminishes. But if there's one market that's poised for possibility in the cloud, it's the testing and measurement market.

After all, testing and measurement is one of those necessary evils that service providers – and many large enterprises – must endure to ensure that their networks are secure, that quality of service (QoS) is maintained and, essentially, that their customers stay happy. But traditional testing and monitoring solutions are expensive, and they often suffer from the same problems that plague any legacy hardware system – lack of interoperability, difficulty to upgrade and inflexibility, which is why cloud testing and monitoring solutions shouldn't be overlooked as "just another cloud solution." In many ways, cloud testing and monitoring solutions are the poster children for why there is excitement about the cloud to begin with.

These are some of the key findings in this month's Heavy Reading Insider, "Cloud Adds a Silver Lining to Testing & Monitoring Solutions." This report examines the cloud testing and monitoring market, providing analysis about the most lucrative verticals of cloud testing and monitoring, as well as drivers and challenges in the industry. It includes a comparative analysis of solutions available and examines the geographic landscape of the market and trends that are likely to occur in the industry over the next 18-24 months.

To be certain, cloud testing and monitoring vendors have their work cut out for them in terms of continuing to build and market solutions that address the thousands of new applications, services, devices and technologies that are introduced onto service provider and enterprise networks each year.

But they have a lot going for them with the cloud offerings. The biggest benefit, without question, is cost savings. And those savings come in the form of both up-front capital, as well as the ability to pick and choose test and monitoring services whenever and wherever they're needed, as opposed to having to pay for them all the time, regardless of whether they're in use.

Not to be ignored, though, is the fact that testing and measurement is an absolute necessity – especially as networks become more congested with devices, applications, services and, unfortunately, by hackers. The work now is for test and measurement vendors to clearly and definitively separate themselves from all of the other cloud offerings on the market and prove their ease of use and affordability.

— Denise Culver, Research Analyst, Heavy Reading Insider

The report, Cloud Adds a Silver Lining to Testing & Monitoring Solutions, a 20-page report, is available as part of an annual subscription (12 monthly issues) to Heavy Reading Insider, priced at $1,595. This report is available for $900. To subscribe, please visit: www.heavyreading.com/insider.

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