Cloud Services whether SaaS, IaaS, CaaS, VDI, or PaaS are adding incredible diversity in both the number of providers and services offered. Most of this ecosystem is running on a handful of virtual platforms—or Hypervisors—from vendors such as VMware, Amazon, and Microsoft, or from an open source platform like KVM. Compared to traditional server-client applications running over traditional IP networking products, virtualization platforms are comparatively new. They are also considerably less tested in terms of network application performance as they run over standard x86 based server hardware, opposed to purpose built proprietary hardware from networking equipment vendors.
This white paper focuses on the challenges of testing virtualization platforms and why testing hypervisor performance for Cloud and NFV use cases is critical, especially in a live cloud and virtual environment.