Service Providers are migrating from using purpose built routers and switches to deploying hybrid networks that are composed of a mix of traditional devices and NFV environments hosting VNFs, Orchestrators and SDN Controllers. New test methodologies and metrics are needed to validate the new technologies & virtualized DUTs and ensure that Network Services adhere to SLAs.
Network Function Virtualization

NFV is rapidly gaining momentum and is transforming the telecom industry in the way new services are developed, deployed and monetized. The NFV model enables the creation of scalable and resilient networks using cloud virtualization techniques. With NFV, virtualized network functions (VNFs) are hosted on commercial off-the-shelf servers and chained to realize game changing services. However, thorough validation of NFV environments is required to break free from the endless PoC cycles and accelerate real world deployments.

Accelerate NFV Deployments
NFV offers cost savings and benefits over traditional network devices. Learn more about NFV test methodologies for validating NFVI and VNFs.

NFV Validation Across Boundaries
A software module that extends and complements the capabilities of Spirent TestCenter to benchmark and optimize performance of virtual switches and cloud platforms.
SP Edge & Core Networks

The growth in users and devices and the unprecedented increase in user traffic have all contributed to the growing complexity of Service Provider networks. To prevent expensive failures in the field, SP Networks need to be tested thoroughly on multiple dimensions prior to deployment for:

  • Scalability & Performance: Validate the support for billions of users and flows and the services consumed by them
  • Versatility: Ensure the co-existence of mobile & fixed networks
  • Reliability: Ensure high availability and resiliency of network components

Spirent Platform
Everything you need to ensure the highest quality service through trusted performance, converged innovation, unparalleled flexibility, and optimized infrastructure.
Spirent Carrier Network Testing
Whether testing SP core networks, mobile backhaul or associated backhaul technologies, Spirent meets the challenges of testing new multi-protocol carrier network.

Testing Core Networks

In a lab setting, Spirent TestCenter is the ideal test tool for the validation of high performance, next-gen core routers:

  • Emulates CPEs, PE routers and internet peering points and originates traffic representing millions of endpoints
  • Supports 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet modules at various densities and performance levels
  • Supports Link aggregation, enabling the validation of LAG bundles
  • Speaks Routing, BGP, LDP and RSVP protocols on the Ethernet interfaces and validates that core routers can support high scale traffic

Multicast Routing Base Package
Enables NEMs, SPs and large enterprises to quickly evaluate, troubleshoot routing functionality, performance and scalability of any routing device or network.
Enables NEMs, Service Providers and large enterprises to quickly evaluate and troubleshoot MPLS and VPLS functionality.
Testing Edge Networks

In addition to speaking all the core routing and MPLS protocols, Provider Edge routers also enable SPs to offer MPLS VPN and VPLS E2E services to thousands of enterprises. Spirent TestCenter provides a high degree of flexibility to service providers to validate multiple SUT edge network topologies and use cases, such as:

  • Benchmarking single protocol or multi-protocol scale of IGP/EGP protocols running on the SUT
  • Validating the exchange of user traffic on millions of routes or tunnels between the DUT/SUT and test devices
  • Validating multicast technologies such as NG-MVPN and MLDP

Multicast Routing Base Package
Helps NEMs, SPs and large enterprises quickly evaluate, troubleshoot Multicast routing protocols, forwarding behavior, and performance in devices & networks.
MPLS-TP Base Package
Provides support for testing connection setup, forwarding, OAM and Protection switching capabilities of MPLS-TP enabled LSRs.

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