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08/26/2013 - Spirent and Net Optics Bring Industry Leading Virtualization Visibility with Maximum Network Performance

Joint Partnership Showcases Successful Approach for Defending Against Intense Attack Levels across Virtualized Network without Impact on Quality of Experience

Sunnyvale, California – (August 26, 2013) – Spirent Communications, a leading provider of network, devices and services testing solutions, today announced that it has partnered with Net Optics to implement a pioneering live demonstration, which will be featured at Net Optics' booth #523 during VMworld 2013, August 24-27. The demonstration uses Spirent Avalanche Virtual, which measures traffic and stress attack burst patterns, and quality of experience (QoE) of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), along with Phantom™ Virtualization Tap to emphasize the critical importance of visibility for securing mission-critical business applications in NFV environments.

Net Optics, Inc., the leading provider of Total Application and Network Visibility solutions, developed the Phantom Virtualization Tap, which exposes normally hidden inter-Virtual Machine (VM) traffic to virtual or physical traffic monitoring tools, delivering 100 percent visibility. Avalanche Virtual provides easy-to-use test methodologies to characterize performance of virtual appliances and impact on end-to-end QoE when these virtualized technologies are deployed. Avalanche Virtual also provides empirical data that measures user perception, as well as additional criteria to show conclusively that QoE remains unaffected.

As service and application attacks proliferate and grow in severity, businesses have been challenged to neutralize them before they wreak havoc. However, the very process of capturing malicious traffic and defending the network can compromise customer QoE, resulting in loss of customers and revenue. This joint demonstration showcases an enterprise-ready security monitoring architecture that maintains 'on-the-fly' user QoE in a production network, even under extremely heavy attack bursts on complex Web application traffic.

"This joint implementation offers the best of both worlds—effective defense against severe cyber-attacks plus an excellent quality of customer experience," said Dennis Carpio, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Net Optics. "And the ability to thwart destructive intrusions without any impact on application traffic is key to both network security and customer retention."

"The ability to baseline the performance and scale of virtual switches and NFV virtual appliances is a critical starting point for those building equipment for these networks and the entities which operate them," said Angus Robertson, senior director, Networks & Applications Group, at Spirent Communications. "Avalanche Virtual and Spirent TestCenter Virtual solutions continue to play a significant role in validation of virtualization infrastructure—including testing performance and scale of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Virtual Switches."

During the demonstration, Spirent will load both attack and valid traffic precisely replicating a production network. Unleashing "real world" attack traffic, which occurs in bursts, allows for valid measurement of QoE and proves that the solution works under the loading patterns of both HTML application and attached traffic. The Phantom Virtualization Tap, installed at the kernel level for non-intrusive VM monitoring, will tap all traffic smoothly and efficiently, mirroring inter-VM network packets and forwarding traffic on to the physical network instrumentation layer for 100 percent network visibility. Completely tool agnostic, the Tap enables network packets to be sent to any existing tool, securing the physical infrastructure. The Tap’s ability to converge data from both virtual and physical infrastructure is vital to securing the entire network.

To learn more about Spirent Avalanche Virtual and NFV testing stop by Spirent booth #2330 during VMWorld 2013, August 25-27

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.

Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: SPT). The Company operates a Level 1 American Depositary Receipt ("ADR") program with each ADR representing four Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares. The ADRs trade in the US over-the-counter ("OTC") market under the symbol SPMYY and the CUSIP number is 84856M209. Spirent Communications' sales to the United States government are made through Spirent Federal Systems Inc (www.spirentfederal.com).

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