Network test labs-as-a-service platform cuts setup to seconds

April 06, 2016 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
NETSCOUT SYSTEMS has made available the first Test Lab Optimization platform that delivers Layer 1 matrix switching, plus Layer 2-4 intelligent functionality. The platform automates the testing environment set up for equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprise customers. It cuts set up time to seconds rather than days, automating the process and allowing it to be handled remotely rather than relying on physical set up.

The NETSCOUT TestStream™ Management Software, version 3.5, and new T-Blade are added to the highly successful nGenius® 3900 Series Packet Flow Switch (PFS) family, to enable customers to optimize network and application test labs using a single platform. The Test Lab Optimization platform meets the needs of equipment manufacturers, enterprise customers and service providers managing a dedicated high-performance test lab or consolidated global test labs operating in a Lab as a Service (LaaS) model.

“Today’s test labs need to do much more with less,” said Brian McCann, vice president and general manager, packet flow switch business at NETSCOUT. “The 3900 Series Packet Flow Switch with our new TestStream Management Software enables lab managers to meet today’s growing challenges in a single platform that simultaneously improves resource utilization, reduces test cycle time, and saves on both capital and operational expenditures. Testing for 10, 40, and 100G network applications can be completed with fewer test generation tools and full connectivity automation.”  

Utilizing unique Layer 1-4 functionality and integrated intelligence,  the NETSCOUT nGenius® 3900 Series Packet Flow Switch for Test Lab Optimization delivers a centralized platform that can scale up to 576 ports of non-blocking connectivity. Combined with TestStream Management Software, the Test Lab Optimization platform helps users improve their network and application test lab efficiency, speed, and performance. TestStream also connects disparate testing resources into a single network, optimising performance by increasing the utilisation of test equipment and combining resources to reduce idle time and lower CAPEX spend.
The Test Lab Optimization platform’s innovative approach combines Layer 1 switching with Layer 2-4 intelligence in order to provide functions that are not practical using legacy technology. Layer 2-4 functions, such as test stream aggregation and rate conversion, or enabling a tap with a filtered data feed for analysis can be provided via a software interface and without requiring physical access to the lab. With the addition of unique Layer 2-4 functions