Monday, March 15, 2010

Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF) Promotes Open Lab Framework

A new Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF) has launched with the goal to promote interoperability between test tools and to simplify lab automation efforts. Founding members include BreakingPoint Systems, BT, Cisco, Empirix, Ericsson, EXFO, Fanfare Software, Ixia, JDSU, Spirent Communications, and Verizon.

NTAF advocates a fundamental shift from the stand-alone and proprietary approaches to an open lab automation approach to reduce the time, complexity, and cost of product test cycles.

The forum asks test equipment vendors to collaborate with their customers to define an open and advanced automation framework. Through the agreement and adoption of multi-vendor technical architectures for test automation systems, test engineers and lab managers will benefit from accelerated deployment of next generation network products and services.

"Our goal is to provide complete transparency in the Forum's activities and ensure a level playing field for all members." said Keith Kidd, president of NTAF. "By encouraging industry wide participation, NTAF is working toward establishing interoperable testing solutions for service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and other enterprise organizations with large network deployments."http://www.ntaforum.orghttp://

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