VIRTUAL SERVER INFRASTRUCTURE
Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) | September 18, 2021
The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation’s (SPEC) Virtualization Committee released the SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark, a new multi-host benchmark for measuring the performance of a scaled-out datacenter. The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark uses real-world and simulated workloads to measure the overall efficiency of virtualization solutions and their management environments. The new benchmark complements the existing SPECvirt_sc 2013 server consolidation benchmark, which is designed for a single-host environment.
Today’s datacenters use clusters of servers to ensure reliability, availability, serviceability, and security. Adding virtualization to a clustered solution enhances server optimization, flexibility, and application availability while reducing costs through server and datacenter consolidation. While the SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark enables analysis of these more complex multi-host environments, it is much easier to use than the SPECvirt_sc 2013 benchmark, providing a single virtual machine (VM) template to set up its harness and workloads. The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark supports multiple hypervisor vendor solutions and ships with support for RHV 4.x and vSphere 6.x and 7.x.
“The ongoing evolution of virtualized environments has made it imperative that suppliers and buyers have a fair, vendor-agnostic tool for measuring the performance of solutions that power virtualized multi-host infrastructures,” said David Schmidt, Chair of the SPEC Virtualization Committee. “The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark is easy to use and creates an excellent foundation for examining and comparing performance in these complex environments that are increasingly becoming the norm.”
The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark provides a methodical way to measure a virtualization platform’s performance in a dynamic virtualized datacenter environment. It models typical, modern-day usage of virtualized infrastructure, such as VM resource provisioning, cross-node load balancing (including management operations such as VM migrations), and VM power on/off. The benchmark exercises datacenter operations under load and dynamically provisions new workload VMs from a preconfigured template or powers on existing VMs. As the load reaches maximum capacity of the cluster, hosts are added to the cluster to measure scheduler efficiency and maximize throughput.
The SPECvirt Datacenter 2021 benchmark feature overview:
Multi-host benchmark – Minimum of four hosts required, scales in increments of four.
Datacenter operations model – Multi-workload benchmark measures performance of hypervisor infrastructure, including how the hypervisor manager controls resources.
VM resource management – Handled by the hypervisor manager, including scheduling policies. Workload VMs powered on or deployed during benchmark.
Ease of use – Single preconfigured template VM to set up harness and workloads. No tuning of guest OS/software necessary.
Five real-world and simulated workloads –
OLTP database, based on HammerDB benchmark
Hadoop/Big Data cluster, based on BigBench benchmark
Simulated departmental mail server
Simulated departmental web server
Simulated departmental collaboration server
SPEC is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains, and endorses standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance for the newest generation of computing systems. Its membership comprises more than 120 leading computer hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, research organizations, and government agencies worldwide.
VIAVI | November 10, 2020
Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced enhancements to the VIAVI OneAdvisor-800 all-in-one tool to streamline cell site maintenance of 5G and 4G technologies. With the addition of 5G NR and 4G LTE signal analyzer functionality to the award-winning OneAdvisor-800, field technicians can efficiently deploy, integrate and troubleshoot today's multi-technology networks with a single instrument.
Nord Security | October 18, 2021
Nord Security, one of the leaders in the cybersecurity market, has reached a deal to incorporate Atlas VPN. This move will further extend Nord Security’s portfolio of cybersecurity brands and solidify its spot as the premier company for all things cybersecurity.
Atlas VPN is a “freemium” VPN solution that ensures private browsing by changing the IP address and encrypting connections. Established in 2019, Atlas VPN has already made great strides in the cybersecurity sector and has a growing reach and position in the developing markets.
Nord Security has extensive knowledge in building advanced cybersecurity solutions. Its portfolio consists of brands like NordVPN, NordPass, NordLayer, NordLocker, and NordWL. Nord products are acknowledged by the most influential IT security specialists and tech sites.
Atlas VPN will become a part of Nord Security’s corporate structure and will be required to adhere to the core principles of transparency and trustworthiness set by Nord brands, including regular third-party audits. However, on a daily basis, the team behind Atlas VPN will continue to act independently and pursue their goals in the “freemium” segment.
Details of the transaction are not disclosed as both companies are privately owned entities.
About Nord Security:
Nord Security is home for advanced security solutions that share the Nord brand and values, including the world’s most advanced VPN service NordVPN, the next-generation password manager NordPass, encrypted cloud storage NordLocker, and the advanced network access security solution NordLayer. Established in 2012, Nord Security’s products are now acknowledged by the most influential tech sites and IT security specialists.
About Atlas VPN:
Atlas VPN is a highly secure, free VPN provider with a mission to make digital privacy and security accessible to everyone. Although Atlas VPN is relatively new to the VPN market, it already has over 6 million users worldwide. To protect the privacy of its users, the company uses military-grade encryption and protocols and has a strict no-logs policy.