Running on Faith - The Risk of Inadequate Network Testing
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Overview: The roster of enterprises that have suffered costly and damaging lawsuits as a result of outages or security breaches would be shorter had those organizations invested in testing a vital, mission-critical foundation of the modern enterprise, the network infrastructure.
Best-practices enterprise network testing includes discovering performance limitations and validating vendor claims during acquisition, performing the due diligence of proof-of-concept for network designs or upgrades, and planning for headroom and growth as requirements change.
However, inadequate testing is worse than no testing at all, as it creates a blind spot, a false sense of security. There are three elements of effective testing, the kind of testing that protects an organization from unpleasant and costly surprises: Proper tools, methodologies, and expertise. These three elements create test realism, which is essential for meaningful test results.