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06/20/2013 - Spirent Introduces Support for OpenFlow 1.3 to Help Advance Testing of SDN Controllersand Switches


Spirent TestCenter used in ONF PlugFest, assesses readiness of SDN to scale to millions of flow entries

Sunnyvale, California — (June 20, 2013) — Spirent Communications, a leader in testing networks, devices and services, today announced support for OpenFlow 1.3 on Spirent TestCenter. With this latest release, Spirent continues to advance the industry toward wider deployment of OpenFlow™ capable switches and controllers.

OpenFlow 1.3 adds support for IPv6, MPLS and other capabilities that improve the quality of service (QoS) of SDN implementations. At a recent ONF PlugFest at Indiana University's InCNTRE SDN Interoperability Lab, Spirent joined other industry leaders in validating OpenFlow support. This semi-annual event is designed to drive interoperability, deployment and commercialization of SDN and the OpenFlow protocol.

"Spirent provides InCNTRE with an excellent platform to validate and assess the readiness of vendor SDN implementations from around the world," said Ronald Milford, InCNTRE's SDN Lab Manager. "InCNTRE is the world's leading research center seeking to advance the development, knowledge and adoption of OpenFlow and SDN technologies. We are continuing to derive value from Spirent iTest and Spirent TestCenter for testing the latest versions of OpenFlow."

Spirent TestCenter enables network operators and vendors to measure performance, availability, security and scalability of OpenFlow network devices and end-to-end SDN applications by defining millions of flows and exercising them with traffic patterns and behavior. When combined with the joint Spirent and InCNTRE OFTest conformance test suites via the Spirent iTest automation platform, customers are able to improve product quality while expanding test coverage, reducing time-to-test and lowering costs through collaboration across groups and sites.

"We are pleased to continue our support of OpenFlow with this latest update," said Rajesh Rajamani, senior product marketing manager at Spirent. "Spirent TestCenter meets the needs of a variety of environments and is available in both hardware and virtual versions to meet our customer needs. It's simple to use and can scale up so that customers can truly replicate any production loads."

For more information about Spirent TestCenter and testing SDN/OpenFlow, visit http://www.spirent.com/Networks-and-Applications/OpenFlow

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Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations to enable customers to deploy communications networks, services & applications, and devices that enrich life. Our extensive portfolio of solutions test data centers, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network security, and global navigation satellite systems. With solutions used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, the world’s largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprise and governments rely daily on Spirent to help ensure their success. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,300 employees worldwide.

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