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03/31/2014 - Spirent Demonstrates Industry's First Open Framework Cloud Test Platform with Wedge Networks' Next-Generation Network Security Solution


Joint demo at Interop Las Vegas 2014 showcases cloud-based virtual lab environment for SDN/NFV testing

Sunnyvale, California – (March 31, 2014) – Spirent Communications, a provider of networks, device and applications testing products, today announced that it is collaborating with Wedge Networks to demonstrate the new Spirent Velocity virtual lab environment. Selected as a Best of Interop 2014 Finalist, Spirent Velocity is a unique cloud-based virtual lab environment that enables testing of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Highlights of the Demonstration
The joint demonstration, featured at Spirent's booth #727, showcases how NFV providers can easily setup and run tests to quickly bring high-performance virtual appliances and applications to market. In this demonstration, Spirent Velocity will enable the provisioning of virtual devices-under-test, such as the Wedge Networks NFV-based security solution, dramatically reducing the capital expenditure associated with physical labs. Spirent Velocity will showcase how rapid test setup and execution with packaged methodologies from Spirent TestCenter Virtual and Spirent Avalanche Virtual lets users quickly gauge performance and security in a stressed cloud. Furthermore, the demo will highlight Spirent Velocity's ability to orchestrate Spirent TestCenter Virtual on OpenStack.

Solutions in the Demonstration
Spirent Velocity helps accelerate time to market and reduce CAPEX and OPEX associated with traditional test beds. This virtual test lab allows users to set-up a virtualized test fabric that emulates their desired deployment architecture including choice of hypervisors, guest operating systems, reference server setup, NFV and other technologies such as SDN controllers and switches. Wedge Networks will be providing the first-ever demonstration of NFV for Security (NFV-S) solution. NFV-S is a new paradigm in providing network security for the ISP and Data Center markets being launched by Wedge Networks that brings advanced network security capabilities into virtualized functions - all in a complete, real-time and elastic solution. The WedgeOS™ powered Wedge Networks Cloud Security Platform™ provides an elastic, embedded and on-demand solution to deliver a security capability independent of physical network topology and hardware networking systems.

Supporting Executive Quotes
"As providers start evaluating network function virtualization solutions and deploying NFV in their networks, they need to know that on-demand security services can be layered over the virtualized network," said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. "The NFV-S solution is the type of forward-looking solution that providers need if they want to deploy NFV-compatible security services - no matter the location, service, or bandwidth."

"Wedge Network's NFV-based security solution will be deployed in the cloud, so it makes absolute sense to test our solution in the cloud as well," said Dr. Hongwen Zhang, CEO of Wedge Networks. "Spirent Velocity provides us the ability to rapidly provision the virtual test bed, and then verify that our virtual solution maintains performance while scaling under rapidly increasing load."

"Spirent is pleased to be partnering with Wedge Networks for this joint demonstration," said Patrick Johnson, Spirent's vice-president of cloud services solutions. "Wedge Networks is re-inventing network security and Spirent Velocity is re-inventing the world of test itself, ultimately accelerating the transformation of the network."



About Spirent Communications plc
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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