Sunday, September 7, 2008

BT Employs Mu's Service Analyzer for Vendor Evaluation on DFTS Network

BT is using Mu Dynamics' Mu-4000 Service Analyzer to support the evaluation and testing of proposed services on the UK's Defense Fixed Telecommunications Service (DFTS) network. The deployment aims to quicken the reliable deployment of new services -- from initial vendor and equipment evaluation through systems integration and testing. The DFTS network supports a broad range of services to the 230,000 users at the Ministry of Defence (MOD), who place more than 750,000 VPN calls a day and send two million emails per week through the DFTS EGS (Enterprise Gateway Service). Under the MOD's Defence Modernization Program, BT is in the process of introducing a new core network which aims to enhance services while reducing tariffs paid by the MOD.

The Mu-4000 is an IP service assurance test solution that quantifies many dimensions of system behavior. The Mu solution automates the detection, isolation and elimination of a wide range of weaknesses in IP-based networks and supplier products. The methodical and proactive approach maximizes network operator service availability and network uptime.

"With Mu's Service Analyzer we are able to baseline the reliability of every vendor and potential system prior to making a purchase decision--proactively detecting any problems that could lead to disruption or downtime in our production networks," according to Matt Graff, BT's defense account manager. "The automated analysis performed by the Mu-4000 is far more comprehensive than any manual process or point product solution we have evaluated to date, and this will be critical to BT as we implement our next generation of real-time network infrastructure and services."

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