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Telstra To Deploy VIAVI Solutions’ 100G Network Testing Products

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Australia’s leading telecommunications service provider Telstra has selected VIAVI Solutions to deploy its MTS 5800-100G network testing solution to enhance future-ready network installation and maintenance capabilities across Australia.

As the demand for more data and higher speeds has continued to increase, Telstra has focused on network enhancements to enable the best possible subscriber experience, including a new solution for 100G test capabilities throughout the network. The service provider wanted a small, portable platform that could test 100G while offering the flexibility to test other bitrates. Telstra also required a dual-port solution that could easily migrate to the quad small form-factor pluggable (QSFP28) module for cost-effective equipment upgrades as the network continues to evolve with technological advances.

With a focus on the future, Telstra opted for the flexibility and future-ready capabilities of VIAVI’s MTS 5800-100G solution, the industry’s smallest handheld, dual-port 100G test instrument. The MTS 5800-100G solution is designed for testing throughout the network lifecycle, supporting fiber testing, service activation, troubleshooting and maintenance of legacy and emerging technologies. The VIAVI solution addresses such network applications as metro/core, data center interconnect and business services test applications.

“We are committed to building a brilliant connected future for our customers, because we believe greater connectivity delivers more opportunity. VIAVI’s future-proof testing solution allows us to test legacy network equipment in the field while making a smooth evolution to 100G technology throughout our entire network, enabling higher speeds and an enhanced quality of experience for our customers,” said Richard Moretti, Technology Specialist, Telstra. “We were impressed with the small form factor of the VIAVI MTS 5800-100G solution as well as its versatility and intuitive user interface.”

“The VIAVI MTS 5800-100G handheld tester was the ideal solution to solve Telstra’s immediate needs while providing a seamless transition to future technology upgrades, laying the groundwork for faster, more reliable deployments and maintenance in the years to come,” said Rajesh Rao, Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, VIAVI Solutions. “As a leader in the global fiber optic test equipment market, VIAVI delivers unique value and specialized network expertise to support Telstra’s network enhancement plans, today and tomorrow.”

VIAVI worked closely with Elite Velocity Partner CoverTel to demonstrate the MTS 5800-100G solution to Telstra’s subject matter experts, and to provide training on the solution to help network engineers get up to speed quickly.

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Ixia Adds Active SSL To Its Security Solutions

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Network test and measurement firm Ixia has announced the addition of its Active SSL technology to its SecureStack feature set, a key component of the company’s Security and Visibility Intelligence Framework. Active SSL enables organizations to see inside traffic encrypted with ephemeral key to ensure the security of their networks.

According to Gartner, “in 2016, industry reports estimate that encrypted traffic — HTTPS — represents 30% to 40% of enterprise web traffic, growing steadily compared to 2015. Already, Gartner clients frequently face web traffic of which more than 50% is encrypted, with peaks at more than 70% in financial and legal sectors… Through 2019, more than 80% of enterprises’ web traffic will be encrypted.”[1] Securing a network requires comprehensive visibility into all traffic, which necessitates the ability to decrypt traffic that uses ephemeral key encryption mandated by the new TLS1.3 standard.

To address this growing challenge, Ixia has expanded the company’s SecureStack feature with its Active SSL technology, which interoperates with all other stack features including identification and filtering, deduplication, and timestamping. The solution, which can be used for inline or out of band deployments, has a dedicated cryptographic processor, as well as built-in reporting and policies that provide leading cipher support, real-time insights, and SSL inspection.

Active SSL also provides forward secrecy to protect past and future data exchanges with ephemeral keys. With Ixia’s Active SSL, ephemeral key traffic is unencrypted, inspected, and then re-encrypted through an intuitive, easy-to-use platform, before being returned to the network.

“With the TLS 1.3 standard implementing ephemeral keys, organizations will find decrypting and inspecting encrypted traffic to be more complex and resource intensive,” said Dan Conde, analyst, at ESG. “Solutions like Ixia’s Active SSL will enable organizations to gain visibility into their current network traffic efficiently, with less disruption to their networks, as well as their monitoring tools and security devices.”

“Encryption is a double-edged sword for networks. While it allows for the protection of data from nefarious actors, it also enables the same nefarious actors to hide their activity from monitoring tools and the IT professionals deploying them,” said Scott Register, Vice President of Product Management at Ixia. “Ixia’s Active SSL can be used to decrypt data once, and then allow processing by as many tools as needed, improving speed and latency of security solutions.”

Ixia’s Active SSL will be available via a high-performance application module that is compatible with the company’s Vision ONE network packet broker, a turnkey device that provides high-performance, lossless visibility.

Ixia’s Vision ONE network packet broker enables organizations to maintain security as well as identify and resolve performance problems across physical and virtual infrastructures from a single platform. Whether fighting against threats hidden in encrypted traffic, or feeding the right data to the right forensic solution, Vision ONE boosts network protection without negatively impacting performance.

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Spirent Launches Benchmarking Solution For Cloud Infrastructure

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Spirent Communications Monday announced of its new benchmarking solution for any kind of virtualized or cloud infrastructure named Spirent CloudScore.

By performing a series of selection-based tests on the Virtualized infrastructure, CloudScore generates a scorecard, indicating the health of your infrastructure across various components – Compute, Network, Storage, Applications, and Services. CloudScore also provides a granular report with recommendations on how to optimize the infrastructure thereby helping the user make those changes and improve the ultimate performance of the infrastructure under test, by improving the score each time tests are re-run.

“Spirent has released this new solution as a direct response to our customer’s requests for a deeper analysis and reporting of their Cloud Infrastructure that includes the ability to compare the health of multiple cloud instances, make changes, and iteratively compare results with a scorecard,” said Abhitesh Kastuar, General Manager for Cloud and IP at Spirent. “This capability provides network builders and architects key tools and solutions to perform comprehensive analysis and create a baseline benchmark of their cloud deployments.”

Spirent CloudScore can automatically run tests and save them at periodic intervals on a defined schedule without changing the original network setup or parameters. “We have found this feature is extremely helpful when comparing with the original baseline analysis of the infrastructure after making even the most minor of changes, whether due to planned or unplanned events to see the results of those alternative configurations,” continued Kastuar.

In addition, CloudScore can alert the user to anomalies or deviations in the cloud metrics, either from VNF counters or from cloud/infra monitoring, thus triggering the need for re-verification. Integrating these capabilities into existing management systems directly helps address robustness, SLAs and upstream business continuity concerns from growing adoption of public, hybrid or even private Cloud-based services.

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Spirent Boasts Of Testing Largest 100G Ethernet Switch

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Spirent Communications Monday said it has successfully conducted a test involving world’s highest density 100G data center switch. The test was done using Spirent’s test solution on the New H3C Group switch hving 768 ports and moderated by independent test lab Network Test. The partners tested the line-rate forwarding capacity and hyper-scale IP route announcement capacity of the H3C S12500X-AF chassis full of 100G ports with a density of 768 100G ports per chassis.

According to David Newman of Network Test, “With 768 ports, this is the largest 100G Ethernet switch test successfully completed in the industry so far. The stress tests we conducted involved nearly 1 million unique BGP routes as well as 768 concurrent EVPN instances within a single chassis. These benchmarks, based on open testing standards, successfully verified New H3C data center core switches, with Spirent TestCenter providing the high density, high performance, and high flexibility required for this record-breaking project.”

The test was conducted using Spirent TestCenter and the N11U chassis, the T&M player’s  flagship network performance test solution. The Spirent N11U chassis included the high density dX3 12-port 100G test modules capable of verifying next-generation data center architectures and routers.

Spirent TestCenter generated 100G line-rate transaction traffic of various frame lengths, and provided packet loss, latency, jitter, frame sequence, code errors and FCS error analytics to reflect the quality of transmission in real time.

“The S12500X-AF series of switches provide a maximum of 48 100G QSFP28 pluggable optical modules per slot, which is the highest density in the world, with New H3C being the only vendor in the industry to provide full line-rate 768 100G ports for datacenter core switches,” said Steven Yoe, Senior Vice President and CTO of the New H3C Group.

“Generation after generation of Spirent Ethernet testing technologies have helped our customers take advantage of market opportunities. We appreciate New H3C Group for selecting Spirent as a trusted testing partner for verifying the performance of its S12500X-AF series of switches” said Eric Hutchinson, CEO of Spirent Communications.

The Spirent dX3 quint-speed test module supports twelve 100G or 40G ports per slot, or twenty five 50G ports, or forty eight 25G or 10G ports per slot. It also supports key interface features such as FEC, Auto-negotiation and Link Training. It can be used to verify data plane Quality of Service (QoS) for hyper-dense network devices at line-rate, and to test complex routing, data center and access protocols on switches and routers.

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Spirent Launches Ethernet Testing Solution For Automotive Industry

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Spirent Communications has announced the launch of first Automotive Ethernet Protocol Conformance & Performance Test System with the new 1000BASE-T1 physical layer standard. This solution enables automobile manufacturers and suppliers to determine if their data traffic is transmitted correctly and on-time over the market’s highest in-vehicle connectivity bandwidth.

The 1000BASE-T1 standard allows high speed and simultaneous bi-directional data traffic over lightweight, single-pair cable harnesses. This results in reduced weight and increased reliability due to the need for fewer cables and connectors in automotive applications.

Thomas Schulze, Director of Marketing and Business Development of Spirent’s Automotive business unit explains, “Available on our Automotive C1 and C50 test appliances, we are now providing a new test card with 4 Small Form-factor Plugable (SFP) ports. At the same time, we are releasing the related 1000BASE-T1 1 Gigabit Ethernet on 2-wire unshielded twisted pair cable, SFP Transceiver from Technica Engineering. Customers of our Automotive C50 test system can now use up to 16 individual ports for testing different kinds of physical layer interfaces, copper and fiber,10-1000Mbit/s.”

“As the first 1000BASE-T1 Automotive test system available, Spirent enables manufacturers to deliver competitive, innovative features while minimizing costs“, continues Schulze. “After releasing the first BroadR-Reach® test system in 2014, we continue to provide state-of-the-art test solutions for the Automotive market. Strong partnerships worldwide enable Spirent to realize objectives, such as the cooperation with Technica Engineering, a leading product developer and service provider for testing on-board electronic components and networks.”

“OEMs and Tier 1s are facing huge bandwidth increases with applications like HD video cameras for autonomous driving” says Erick Parra, Business Development Manager at Technica. “These kinds of cameras are using up to 800Mbit/s for uncompressed high-definition video streaming. Therefore, most of the Automotive manufacturers are already working on a 1 Gbit/s in-vehicle network backbone for the next generation of their Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. We are proud to help pave the way into autonomous driving by combining our companies’ expertise”.

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Viavi’s New RF Monitoring Solution Saves 50% Of Telcos Cost

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Test and measurement firm Viavi Solutions has launched a remote RF spectrum monitoring system, called CPRIAdvisor, that addresses a wide range of antenna deployment options in heterogeneous networks. Developed in partnership with tier one mobile service providers, it offers the ability to monitor and troubleshoot RF conditions around the clock for any cell site with fiber fronthaul.

CPRIAdvisor can support a macro cell with a smaller number of fronthaul fiber links; a large centralized radio access network (C-RAN) or distributed antenna system (DAS) with hundreds of fronthaul links. Depending on the network configuration, it can save mobile service providers up to 50% in terms of time and cost compared to current practices in place for monitoring and troubleshooting.

“Mobile service providers are facing ever increasing, ever complex challenges trying to assure quality of experience while keeping an eye on cost containment and workforce efficiency,” explained Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, Viavi Solutions.

“In order to address this, and support their diversifying RAN with a single solution, Viavi has partnered with Tier-1 mobile service providers worldwide to develop CPRIAdvisor. It’s a welcome addition to Viavi Solutions’ world class portfolio of RF test solutions, including CellAdvisor and InterferenceAdvisor,” he added.

To stay ahead of continually increasing mobile bandwidth demand while managing cost and efficiency, service providers are expanding and transitioning from a typical distributed radio access network (RAN) architecture to a C-RAN network topology. In C-RAN, base band units (BBUs) are co-located at a remote facility, and connected via fiber links – based on the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) or Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) standards – to a substantial number of remote radio heads (RRHs) spread around the network.

Where C-RAN offers network and operational efficiencies, it also creates an opportunity for mobile service providers to improve quality of experience by proactively monitoring the spectrum used by subscribers, and performing proactive maintenance and remote troubleshooting of service-affecting issues like RF interference in a more effective way.

“As service providers diversify their access networks to expand capacity and accommodate new services like IoT, they need scalable and flexible methods to monitor performance,” said Jessy Cavazos, Industry Director of Test & Measurement for Frost & Sullivan. “The ability to use RF over CPRI technology to monitor and troubleshoot the network, while increasing spectral efficiency with a C-RAN architecture, helps mobile operators keep costs in check and preserve QoE.”

In addition, CPRIAdvisor increases RF visibility by performing continuous monitoring of the mobile spectrum. This allows remote access to expedite maintenance and problem resolution.

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Viavi Expands Pune Facility, To Hire Local Talent

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T&M firm Viavi Solutions Thursday announced that the company has ramped up operations in its Pune facility to strengthen the company’s delivery capabilities in providing accelerated test solutions for clients across industries and geographies.

Besides, Viavi will be leveraging Pune’s vast pool of highly skilled engineering talent and the new location in Pune will accommodate the addition of professionals who will expedite product development.

“Viavi has followed a strategy of setting up world-class development centres in locations where there is rich local talent as well as the required infrastructure,” said Ranganathan Srinivasan, Sr. Director – IT Operations, Viavi Solutions India. “Pune continues to be a key source for technology innovation, outstanding professional talent and significant business potential,” he added.

The Pune development center is currently engaged in design, implementation, maintenance, support, enhancement of sophisticated database systems and enterprise application technologies.

The growth of Viavi’s presence in India reflects strong demand for the company’s global service and technology capabilities; from deployment and installation to monitoring and optimization and contributes to the success of a wide range of customers – from the world’s largest mobile operators and governmental entities to enterprise networks and application providers.

Viavi Solutions, the T&M firm spun out off JDSU, has some big names in the industry as its global clients. Some of them include AT&T Inc., Bharti Airtel, BT Openreach, Charter Communications, Comcast Corporation, Finisar, FLIR Systems, Integrated Device Technologies, KT, Lockheed Martin, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Oclaro, SICPA, ST Microelectronics, TDC and Verizon Communications Inc. to name a few.

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Cobham Launches User-Like 5G Network Testing Solution

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London Headquartered defence and communications solution provider Cobham on Thursday launched 5G network test solution which can validate 5G network performance. The solution, named as TM500, provides operators and network equipment manufacturers with a scalable system to test network performance as experienced by end users.

The TM500 5G test solution simulates multiple devices connecting to a 5G network, modelling real world conditions. When used in combination with Cobham Wireless’ application emulation and security performance solution, the company is providing a complete, end-to-end 5G test solution to the market.

“Cobham Wireless’ 5G test solution directly addresses the immediate KPIs for 5G, helping the industry accelerate the development and deployment of next generation mobile and broadband services,” said Ian Langley, SVP and GM at Cobham Wireless.

“Developing and validating their 5G networks using the TM500 will give our customers the confidence to deploy the infrastructure needed to support next generation technologies, such as mobile edge computing. This will offer reduced latency and faster processing for new services, expediting the commercial roll-out of IoT applications such as connected cars, smart healthcare devices, and advanced AR and VR.”

Easily incorporated into a user’s existing workflow, the TM500 solution facilitates the transition from legacy to future standards, in line with the industry’s progression to 5G. With flexible deployment options, it allows the user to upgrade or adapt functionality and test parameters, tailoring the solution to specific scenarios and requirements.

The test solution supports key 5G technologies and is compatible with pre-3GPP standards which are currently in development. It can validate new 5G features such as carrier aggregation and beamforming, and is capable of verifying networks operating across multiple radio frequencies in the mmWave and sub-6GHz bands.

“At Mobile World Congress 2017 we demonstrated test downlink and uplink data rates of up to 10GBps” said Dr Stamatis Georgoulis, Product Director, Cobham Wireless. “The industry-first solution is in use today and our team is constantly working to advance our solutions to support the profiles of evolving technologies, providing a future-proof means of testing 5G networks.”

Cobham Wireless’ latest 5G test solution is part of the TM500 family, which is used by almost all the major network equipment manufacturers and operators across the world. It is regarded as the de facto standard for RAN network testing and has delivered first to market solutions for 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G.

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Ixia Launches Monitoring Solutions For Data Centers

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Network testing firm Ixia on Thursday announced to have launched two new visibility solutions that would help IT managers or firms to track and monitor data centers of various scale.

The two new solutions, Vision Edge 40 and Vision Edge 100, are part of Ixia’s help IT teams supporting hyperscale and microscale data centers and resolve application performance bottlenecks, trouble shoot problems, and improve data center automation, as well as better utilize network analysis and security tools.

Today’s hyperscale data centers, which are designed for expansion, as well as micro data centers, which often sit on the network edge closer to end users for an improved experience, can create significant challenges for IT organizations. These challenges range from poor network performance due to increasing size and complexity, to security issues resulting from insufficient visibility into incident detection and resolution. Many IT organizations use multiple network monitoring tools, and need to efficiently transport network traffic from thousands of network locations.

Ixia’s Vision portfolio of NPBs provides intelligent, sophisticated, and programmable network flow optimization, delivering comprehensive visibility and security coverage. The new Vision Edge 40 and Vision Edge 100 offer real-time visibility, insight, and security into high density hyperscale and microscale data centers, even as they expand. Each is capable of inline and out-of-band deployments, and delivers control, coverage, and performance to protect and improve crucial networking, data center, and cloud business assets.

“IT management will appreciate the flexibility and agility of Vision Edge 40 and Vision Edge 100,” says Recep Ozdag, Vice President of Product Management at Ixia. “They can build a data-center at any size, and leverage a standalone NPB that does everything they need right out of the box, while also having the best balance of features and value, which is crucial for managing an efficient and cost effective IT operation.”

Ixia’s Vision Edge 40 and Vision Edge 100 can be used as standalone devices or as part of a robust Security Fabric when combined with Ixia’s turnkey Vision ONE network packet broker. This combination creates a powerful visibility engine that delivers the right traffic to the right security and monitoring tools, while enabling customers to leverage Ixia’s advanced visibility intelligence features in Vision ONE to optimize traffic analysis and security tool performance.

These include PacketStack capabilities, which offer intelligent packet filtering, manipulation, and transport, as well as AppStack capabilities, which filter and visualize not only Level 2-4 traffic, but also Layer 7 application traffic, so that suspicious applications can be tagged and watched.

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Spirent Gets CTIA Authorization for Testing Mobile Devices

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Spirent channel emulators help manufacturers and operators deliver higher data rates and better Quality of Experience (QoE)

Testing and measurement firm Spirent Communications today said it has been included in the list of MIMO Authorized Equipment List for CTIA’s Test Plan for 2×2 Downlink MIMO and Transmit Diversity over-the-air performance, version 1.1.

The CTIA Test Plan focuses on evaluating the performance characteristics of wireless Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) devices, which are highly prevalent in LTE networks and increasingly important as the industry moves toward 5G. Release of the Equipment List is the next step in preparing global test labs to obtain CTIA certification, a crucial part of the process toward mandating the new standard.

Over-the Air (OTA) testing is essential for MIMO devices because throughput, and therefore Quality of Experience (QoE), depends on antenna performance in realistic propagation environments. MIMO OTA offers several advantages vs. traditional cable testing by providing a more complete view of device performance, accounting for additional factors such as physical housing and nearby components. As antenna counts grow, it also becomes increasingly unwieldy to use cabled test setups. MIMO OTA creates a unique spatial signature to replicate realistic propagation scenarios in a controlled environment for comprehensive performance testing. The CTIA Test Plan recommends the test methodologies necessary to achieve this environment and the performance indicators for key characteristics such as antenna efficiency, branch imbalance, and correlation between antennas.

Spirent’s channel emulators are part of the CTIA-authorized solution along with the ETS-Lindgren anechoic chamber.

“ETS-Lindgren’s multi probe anechoic chamber works hand-in-hand with Spirent’s MIMO OTA channel emulators to address the requirements necessary for the CTIA MIMO OTA Test Plan. With this combined solution in place, global test labs can support device manufacturers and operators with a CTIA approved test methodology to ensure a superior QoE for their wireless MIMO devices,” said Roger Hatch, senior director for Solutions Development at ETS-Lindgren.

Rob Van Brunt, general manager for Spirent Communications’ Connected Devices business, which helped pioneer MIMO OTA testing during its inception in 2011, commented “Spirent has long supported MIMO OTA test implementations and continues to lead the industry with technology advancements such as the introduction of 4xN MIMO OTA testing. This is key as more chipset vendors and OEMs have been moving from two to four receive antennas in their devices. At the same time, we’re keeping a strong focus on features designed to simplify the testing process, such as our exclusive real-time fading engine, which allows users to dynamically alter test parameters mid-run vs. being tethered to rigid scripting. We’re pleased to achieve CTIA authorization for our Vertex and VR5 channel emulators and look forward to continuing our work with ETS to offer innovative OTA test solutions for 5G and other industry needs.”

Spirent is an industry-recognized leader across the entire span of OTA testing, with support for both A-GNSS and MIMO OTA test solutions and long-term partnerships with chamber manufacturers and test labs. For more information on MIMO OTA test methodologies, reference Spirent’s white paper entitled, Ensuring MIMO Device Performance with Over-the-Air Testing.

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