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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Spirent intros NFV test solution

Spirent Communications introduced a test solution for assuring NFV performance as specified in ETSI GS NFV-TST 001.

Spirent CloudSure, which is the first commercially-available standards-based NFV test solution, is designed to benchmark and validate performance and allow service providers to confidently rollout NFV deployments.

Spirent CloudSure offers test packages, consisting of a set of templates that can be easily configured and customized to match service providers’ unique NFV deployments. Configuration is possible via both a graphical user interface (GUI) and an application programming interface (API) for automation users, with Spirent TestCenter Virtual ports and Spirent CloudStress agents generating realistic, multi-dimensional workloads to assess cloud performance.

“Spirent CloudSure takes a new approach to measuring performance of virtualized infrastructure, with a test framework which addresses operators’ key NFV concerns,” said Abhitesh Kastuar, General Manager of Spirent’s Cloud and IP business. “Focused on benchmarking and validating NFV ecosystems in line with ETSI GS NFV-TST 001, Spirent CloudSure is a uniquely flexible and adaptable framework which can also address other cloud testing challenges, such as comparing cloud performance, cloud workload migration, and capacity planning.”

https://www.spirent.com/products/cloudsure

Monday, April 1, 2019

Spirent appoints Eric Updyke as CEO

Spirent Communications named Eric Updyke as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Updyke replaces Eric Hutchinson, who is retiring after 37 years with the Group, including serving as CEO since 2013.

Most recently, Updyke was on the Executive Management team of Amdocs reporting directly to the CEO. In his capacity as Group President, Services at Amdocs Ltd he had global responsibility for the entire Managed Services, Testing and SI businesses. This business encompassed 10,000 employees and roughly $2 billion in revenue. Prior to that role, Eric was Division President for North America at Amdocs where he managed a $1 billion P&L and was responsible for the relationship with North American communications service providers. Prior to his time at Amdocs, he held executive roles at Nokia Siemens Networks and AT&T.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Spirent showcases 400/200/100/50 GigETes Test System

At OFC, Spirent Communications showcased its 8-port 1U-rack-mountable 400/200/100/50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) test system. The system claims to be the world’s highest density QSFP-DD test solution. It is designed to validate the forwarding performance and Quality of Service (QoS) of high-scale, next-generation-enabled, multi-terabit routers and switches, all contained in a single rack space.

Spirent is also showing the world’s highest-density native QSFP28 quint-speed series of test modules, supporting 100/50/40/25/10GbE from a single interface as part of the joint display, delivering the robust connectivity demanded by emerging markets and applications.

“It’s an exciting time as Ethernet speeds continue to evolve, and customers continue to design and develop solutions to meet future network requirements,” said Abhitesh Kastuar, general manager of Spirent’s Cloud and IP Business Unit. “Our innovation and test capabilities make Spirent the right partner for companies that are racing to bring their leading-edge network technologies to market first. We have been working with all the major network equipment vendors to deliver new chipsets so they can design and develop next-generation 400G products, enabling networking and services vendors to deploy faster and more reliably.”

https://www.spirent.com/HSE

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Spirent intros WLAN 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) test kit

Spirent Communications introduced an WLAN 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) testing solution.

The Spirent TestCenter WLAN 802.11ax testing solution can be employed for functionality, feature, and performance testing of IEEE 802.11ax Access Points (APs) and end-to-end testing of WLAN ecosystems, including WLAN access controllers and gateways. It emulates a large number of realistic WLAN clients through both the in-chassis 2.5G/5G Ethernet and 802.11ax Wi-Fi test ports to easily achieve multi-Gbps throughput. The solution also provides complete Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) testing coverage through the integration of a radar signal emulation tool, to support both RF cabled conductive testing and Over-The-Air (OTA) testing.

“Users expect Wi-Fi technologies to be ubiquitous. The emergence of these latest enhancements such as Wi-Fi 6 allow network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises to scale up their Wi-Fi access points to carrier-grade and enterprise-grade technology, improving capacity, performance, reliability, and security significantly,” said Spirent’s General Manager of Cloud and IP, Abhitesh Kastuar. “Spirent’s new 802.11ax test solution builds on the market leadership the company established in 802.11ac testing, expanding it to the latest standards in Wi-Fi 6 AP, device, and networking.”

“By leveraging the 802.11ax chipset from Qualcomm Technologies in their test equipment, Spirent empowers the Wi-Fi ecosystem with key testing features to optimize the performance and functionality of their Wi-Fi 6 routers,” said Gopi Sirineni, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are pleased to be working alongside Spirent and WLAN Access Point vendors to encourage the adoption of Wi-Fi 6 technology – delivering significant upgrades to the capacity and efficiency of traditional broadband networks to better meet the demands of modern consumers.”

https://www.spirent.com/Products/WLAN-Test-Solutions

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Spirent debuts 400G Ethernet test solution

Spirent Communications introduced an 8-port 1U-high rack-mountable solution for testing 400/200/100/50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

The new pX3 400G Appliance, which is the world’s highest density QSFP-DD tester, is designed to validate the forwarding performance and quality of service of ultra-high-scale, next-generation-enabled, multi-terabit routers and switches, all contained in a single rack space.

The pX3 400G appliance offers 8 ports. Spirent says up to 255 pX3 units can be interconnected to provide synchronized timing for a total of 2,040 ports. These appliances will interoperate with and complement Spirent’s extensive high speed Ethernet test modules and chassis offerings.

“As the demand for more data and higher speeds continues to increase, Spirent is continually developing new solutions for testing 400G capabilities throughout the network,” said Spirent’s General Manager of Cloud and IP, Abhitesh Kastuar. “Spirent’s latest high port density product provides our customers a lower cost of ownership per port than any other provider of test equipment on the market.”

https://www.spirent.com/Products/TestCenter/Platforms/Modules/pX3-400G?utm_source=Press+Release&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Ethernet&utm_content=Press+Release


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

TLS v1.3: How Do We Get from Here to There?

Spirent has been leading the way in providing companies with the tools they need to prepare for TLS v1.3. I had a chance to sit down with David DeSanto, Director, Products and Threat Research for Spirent to talk about the transition to TLS v1.3 and some of the hurdles that organizations face as they make the switch to the new de facto standard.

Jim Carroll, OND: Tell me about the evolution of TLS. How did we get to this point?

David DeSanto, Spirent: Transport Layer Security, or TLS, is a cryptographic protocol used by many applications and services such as web browsing, email communications, and multimedia communications.  It made Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, obsolete as it offered better encryption properties such as perfect forward secrecy (PFS), newer cipher suites, etc.

TLS v1.2 is a considered the current de facto standard for cryptography when paired with a strong cipher suite and large private key (i.e., asymmetric key).  However, this comes at an impact to the user’s experience, as the protocol itself and the cipher suites offering elliptic curve with PFS and large asymmetric keys come at a performance hit.  Even in today’s world of data breach roulette, organizations choose to go with a lower encryption standard or cipher suite such that cryptographic steps do not overburden the user and potentially have them stop using their services altogether.
TLS v1.3 looks to address the concerns commonly seen with TLS v1.2.  This new standard includes performance improvements such that the user does not have as much overhead or burden in initializing the secure connection.  It also makes additional insecure cryptographic practices obsolete, which can lead to attackers improperly gaining access to the encrypted communication.

Jim Carroll, OND: What's the current status of TLS v1.3 and what is the next phase of specification development?

David DeSanto: TLS v1.3 is still in draft—specifically draft-28—and this draft has been submitted as the official standard. This was submitted in March to the IETC and is going through the IETF process to be a ratified standard.  It is expected to be ratified this year, and you can track its progress at https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-ietf-tls-tls13/.

Jim Carroll, OND: What is the market reaction so far?  Are customers implementing TLS v1.3 in big numbers?

David DeSanto: The market adoption has varied depending on the specific technology and vertical.
As TLS v1.3 is a cryptographic protocol used by a client and server to provide privacy and data integrity, users can be put into a “forced adoption” model without realizing it.  The best example of this is with one of the bigger champions of TLS v1.3: Google.  Google rolled out TLS v1.3 earlier this year within its services and consumer solutions.  If you have a Gmail account and access it using the Chrome browser, you are using TLS v1.3 and may not even know it.

There is a parallel effort—started by development at Google in 2016—to build a new transport layer protocol named QUIC (short for Quick UDP Internet Connections).  It was first submitted to the IETF in 2016 and is currently still in draft with draft-12 being the current working draft.  QUIC has encryption requirements built right into its standard and these requirements are based on TLS v1.3.  


Just these two examples show strong adoption of TLS v1.3 so far and it is expected to grow at a consistent rate.  TLS v1.3 is expected to be adopted at a much faster rate than previous iterations of the TLS protocol—due in large part to the providers we rely on today who are actively making the switch to support it quickly.  Google is joined by many others who have already implemented and have enabled support by default.

Jim Carroll, OND: What technical hurdles are there to implementing TLS v1.3?

David DeSanto: There are three crucial considerations that organizations need to keep in mind as they prepare to migrate to TLS v1.3. Every organization should be thinking about three crucial considerations:

1.      How to handle zero round trip time resumption (0-RTT)
2.      Preparing for downgrades to TLS v1.2
3.      The need for infrastructure and application testing

The 0-RTT option has the potential to significantly increase performance during an encrypted session between endpoints. With TLS v1.2, secure web communications requires two round trips between the client and server prior to the client making an HTTP request and the server generating a response. TLS v1.3 reduces this requirement to one round trip and offers the ability to inherit trust to accomplish zero round trips, or 0-RTT. 0-RTT potentially provides better performance, but it also creates a significant security risk. With 0-RTT, a transaction could be easy prey for a replay attack, in which a threat actor can intercept an encrypted client message and resend it to the server, tricking the server into improperly extending trust to the threat actor and thus potentially granting the threat actor access to sensitive data. Organizations should be wary of allowing or using 0-RTT due to the potential security risks.  Unless your application or service is highly latency sensitive, the new option is simply not worth the security risk.

Another concern is that TLS v1.3 is backward compatible to TLS v1.2 to allow for interoperability with legacy clients and servers during the transition to the new standard. It’s important to configure the security settings to ensure fallback to TLS v1.2 uses higher security standards. Organizations should disable lower cryptographic algorithms to prevent security breaches such as man-in-the-middle attacks. Select strong cipher suites, including ones that leverage elliptic curve key exchange, use large asymmetric keys, and implement PFS.

Testing is also crucial. The change to TLS v1.3 may be disruptive, and it’s important to discover and address issues proactively. Businesses should test for interoperability, security, and performance in a combined, holistic manner. Use a realistic load, generating, inspecting, and processing appropriate levels of encrypted traffic. Validate how internal and external users will interact with your systems and consider what this change in encryption may mean for an employee, customer, partner, or any other relevant stakeholder. You also have to test all clients—including mobile devices and tablets, and the entire network infrastructure, such as identity and access management systems, firewalls, web proxies, etc.

<Jim Carroll, OND: How can Spirent help with the transition to TLS v1.3?

David DeSanto: Spirent added functional security testing for TLS v1.3 to its industry-leading CyberFlood product line in July of 2017 when adding TLS v1.3 support to its Advanced Fuzzing solution.  This allowed protocol developers, QA teams, and security researchers to confirm the stability and reliability of the TLS v1.3 implementations they have built or are validating.  This includes hunting for software defects within the implementation, which could lead to software vulnerabilities.

We entered the market one year ago and extended our TLS v1.3 support in February of this year when we added performance security testing for TLS v1.3 to our CyberFlood product line. Spirent’s goal is to provide thought leadership and be a partner to allow customers to launch new solutions with confidence in network functionality, performance, and security at scale.  Others are now following our lead in providing solutions to help enterprises validate their security posture. 


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spirent adds scale testing for the new TLS v1.3 encryption protocol

Spirent Communications has expanded the functionality of its CyberFlood and Avalanche solutions by adding performance and scale testing for the new TLS v1.3 encryption protocol.

The new functionality enables testing and stressing traffic capacities on TLS v1.3-enabled devices and endpoint applications.

TLS (transport layer security) enables secure communication between web browsers and servers on the Internet. TLS v1.3 is the latest version and is quickly becoming the de facto encryption standard.

“TLS v1.3 will ultimately improve security and privacy for Internet users; however, there is risk with new standards and new potential holes in customers’ security,” said David DeSanto, director of products and threat research at Spirent Communications. “With Spirent’s performance and scale testing of this bleeding edge cryptographic standard, customers can validate that they are securely deployed, that they can achieve their desired performance, and that they know where the skeletons are in their TLS v1.3 deployments. With this capability, Spirent is helping to secure the future of the connected world.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Spirent launches Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.3) testing

Spirent Communications has updated its flagship security testing solution, CyberFlood, to support Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.3), a new encryption protocol.

Specifically, this newCyberFlood Advanced Fuzzing update provides support for TLS 1.3 draft-19, draft-20, and draft-21.

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the underlying technology that enables secure communication between web browsers and servers on the Internet.

“As the first to market with fuzz testing for TLS 1.3, Spirent is extending its leadership in security testing and validating the way the world communicates,” said David DeSanto, director of products and threat research at Spirent Communications. “The industry is ripe for an encryption protocol update, and our customers are relying on Spirent to provide them with the realistic preemptive intelligence that ensures their TLS 1.3 implementations are stable, reliable and secure before they go to market.”

http://www.spirent.com/security

Friday, June 30, 2017

Spirent supports testing of New H3C 100 GBE switch

Spirent Communications, a supplier of network test and measurement solutions, announced that it supported New H3C in conducting what is believed to be the highest density 100 Gbit/s data centre switch test.

Spirent also announced it had partnered with the China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to demonstrate automated testing of virtual core networks.

100 Gbit/s switch testing

The test, completed by Spirent and the New H3C Group and moderated by independent test lab Network Test, demonstrated the line-rate forwarding capacity and hyper-scale IP route announcement capacity of the H3C S12500X-AF chassis loaded with 100 Gbit/s ports and achieving a density of 768 x 100G ports per chassis. The S12500X-AF switch can support 48 x 100 Gbit/s QSFP28 pluggable optical modules per slot.

The test involved Spirent TestCenter and the N11U chassis, representing Spirent's flagship network performance test solution, equipped with the high density dX3 12-port 100 Gbit/s test modules designed to verify next-generation data centre architectures and routers.

For the testing, Spirent TestCenter generated 100 Gbit/s line-rate transaction traffic of various frame lengths and provided packet loss, latency, jitter, frame sequence, code errors and FCS error analytics to reflect the quality of transmission in real time.

The Spirent dX3 quint-speed test module can support twelve 100 or 40 Gbit/s ports per slot, 25 x 50 Gbit/s ports, or 48 x 25/10 Gbit/s ports per slot. It also supports key interface features such as FEC, auto-negotiation and Link Training. The module can be used to verify data plane QoS for hyper-dense network devices at line-rate, and for testing complex routing, data centre and access protocols on switches and routers.

Virtual core network testing

Separately Spirent announced a collaboration with the China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to demonstrate automated testing of virtual core networks at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai. Spirent noted that the demonstration is part of a joint effort to develop a methodology for automated testing of the functionality and performance of the China Mobile TIC (Telecom Infrastructure Cloud).

The partners plans to incorporate the test methodology into an automated testing system developed by CMRI to speed testing of services in operational virtual core networks and to form part of the complete vEPC environment developed by CMRI.

At MWC, Spirent has provided the test engines for the demonstration, including the virtualised mobile core network emulation and performance testing tool, Landslide Virtual, and the automated testing platform, iTest. The solutions automate performance and functionality tests used to develop, spin-up and monitor the vEPC. In addition, devops models have been developed for the test methodologies, allowing tests to be automated and incorporated into the virtualised network.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Spirent Delivers First 2.5GbE and 5GbE BASE-T Test Solution

Spirent Communications introduced the first 2.5G and 5G BASE-T Ethernet test solution.
The Spirent DX2 2.5G and 5G BASE-T Ethernet test solution is a high-density 16-port test module supporting line rate Layer 2-3 test traffic and analysis for 100M / 1GbE / 2.5GbE / 5GbE / 10GbE interfaces. This series of modules has single-slot blades compatible with Spirent N11U and N4U modular chassis and its other Ethernet and Wi-Fi products.


“A 1Gbps wired Ethernet link between access points and switches is no longer adequate.  The new access points require higher speeds like 2.5/5G over existing Cat5e and Cat6 copper cable infrastructures in order to address bandwidth constraints in enterprise, campus, and data center networks. With Spirent’s new multi-speed 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G Ethernet test module, testing for today and tomorrow’s enterprise access speeds has never been easier,” stated Abhitesh Kastuar, general manager of Spirent Communications.

Spirent is a member of the NBASE-T Alliance.

http://www.spirent.com/

Friday, December 18, 2015

Spirent Debuts First 50Gb Ethernet Test System

Spirent unveiled the world's first 50 Gbps Higher Speed Ethernet test solution.

Spirent's 50GbE Boost system tests layer 1 to layer 3 quality and highlights error-free performance with different combinations of streams, frame lengths and rates by delivering per-port and per-stream statistics such as latency, frames out of sequence, frame counts and rates, L1 PRBS capability and layer 1 statistics to help debug physical link problems.

"According to Dell'Oro Group 2015 data, 50Gbps servers will represent more than 30 percent of server shipments in 2019, up from essentially zero percent today," says Abhitesh Kastuar, General Manager of Spirent's Cloud and IP business. "With virtualized applications driving server performance it makes sense that access speeds are increasing from 10 to 25 and further to 50Gbps.  I believe the rapid adoption of 25G and 50G server links will drive the move to 100GbE and beyond for the uplinks from the leaf nodes to the spine nodes."

http://www.spirent.com

Monday, December 7, 2015

Spirent to Acquire Epitiro for Wi-Fi Experience Monitoring

Spirent Communications has acquired Epitiro, a privately-help company specializing in Wi-Fi experience monitoring.

Epitiro, which is based in Cardiff (UK), offers compact, rugged probes that may be deployed in office buildings, factories, stadiums and other mobility locations providing real-time insight into the availability and experience of services.  Key metrics include availability of Wi-Fi connectivity, file transfer and web browsing speed, availability and performance of social media applications like Facebook, etc..

Spirent said the acquisition of Epitiro builds on the success of a strategic partnership which has led to experience monitoring system deployments at multiple customers, including a tier 1 US service provider. Spirent’s service assurance suite enables providers to proactively identify problems, often before they impact the customer experience. The suite consists of four product lines: Device and End-to-End, Network, In-Home and Mobility.

“Our service provider and enterprise customers increasingly see Wi-Fi as an integral part of their strategy to provide services anywhere and anytime,” said Des Owens, general manager of Service Assurance at Spirent. “With this acquisition, we’re building on the success of our strategic partnership with Epitiro and see an exciting opportunity to improve the visibility of Wi-Fi experience for many more service providers and enterprises worldwide. We’ll also be better positioned to integrate Epitiro’s pioneering Wi-Fi technology across our suite and to provide our customers with seamless support and services.”

http://www.spirent.com/Solutions/Service-Assurance

Monday, November 23, 2015

Spirent Announces Customer and Network Analytics Solution

Spirent Communications unveiled an operator analytics solution that focuses on customer experience assurance and troubleshooting, with support for 2/3/4G technologies including VoLTE and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Spirent's InTouch Customer and Network Analytics (CNA) enables mobile operators’ engineering, customer care, and marketing groups to proactively identify and resolve wireless customer experience issues spanning LTE/4G networks and services like VoLTE. The solution is an evolution of the company's field-tested InTouch platform, which has been deployed in networks exceeding 100 million subscribers.

“Our solution is unique in that it allows operators to build and leverage quality of experience (QoE) scores using data mining techniques, which can prevent churn,” said Frank Galuppo, general manager of Spirent’s CEM business unit. “This allows them to rapidly identify and resolve issues before customers complain or leave.”

Several operators are already deploying beta versions of InTouch CNA, especially for new services like VoLTE and IoT.

http://www.spirent.com/Products/InTouch

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spirent Launches Landslide Diameter Testing

Spirent introduced its Landslide Diameter solution for testing network signaling protocols at scale.  Peak events known as signaling storms can degrade and disrupt network services. Sprint said the use of IP networks for signaling and the move to “always on” Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected devices is driving huge levels of signaling traffic in the mobile network, necessitating the need for testing at scale.

Landslide Diameter lets carriers and their vendors emulate specific Diameter applications to test specific nodes or test the network from end-to-end to ensure that the management and monetization functions operate at extreme scale. The test system can be used to simulate real-world traffic scenarios or call models at scale so carriers can see what happens on a node-by-node basis. The call models can be adapted to test the impact new services and devices will have on the control network. These tests remove the guesswork out of predicting signaling traffic loads so they can adequately and effectively architect their networks. Carriers and vendors worldwide use Spirent Landslide in the design, optimization, monetization, and maintenance of their broadband and mobile network.

Landslide Diameter is a key component of Spirent Landslide, a suite of advanced test tools for mobile networks and services that emulates millions of mobile subscribers simultaneously accessing wireless networks using various mobile devices.

http://www.spirent.com/About-Us/News_Room/Press-Releases/2015/3_30_15_Spirent_Adds_Diameter_AAA_Testing

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spirent Tests Voice over Wi-Fi to VoLTE Handovers

Spirent Communications announced support for testing Wi-Fi Access Points through an RF interface on its Landslide platform.  This enables mobile operators to validate subscriber experiences as they move between nationwide mobile networks, carrier Wi-Fi hot-spots and private wireless networks.

The Spirent Landslide tests the performance and scalability of the Wi-Fi access point, Wi-Fi offload gateway and the mobile core network, enabling authentication and handover scenarios to be verified, as well as providing quality of experience metrics, including network availability, call setup time, call drops and voice quality for Voice over Wi-Fi testing.

“Verifying that handover and service quality of experience between cellular and Wi-Fi networks is secure and efficient is a critical aspect of deploying services like Voice over Wi-Fi,” said John Baker, general manager, Mobility Infrastructure business unit at Spirent Communications. “Landslide has long been the de facto solution in the industry for testing mobile core and Wi-Fi offload. For the first time ever, carriers can now employ a single, integrated platform to fully verify network performance end-to-end—including the critical handoff from a cellular to a Wi-Fi network”

http://www.spirent.com/Ethernet_Testing/Software/Landslide

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spirent Intros Carrier Agg Test Capabilities for Mobile Devices with Keysight

Spirent Communications introduced a solution for testing maximum data throughput performance for LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation in mobile devices.

The product integrates Keysight Technologies’ UXM platform with the Spirent 8100 Carrier Acceptance and Conformance test solution. The new testing coverage supported by the Keysight UXM enables the Spirent 8100 cover three and four component carrier aggregation. It also supports both FD-LTE and TD-LTE technologies.

“Keysight’s UXM allows Spirent’s recently-launched 8100 X202 solution to offer the advanced carrier aggregation test capabilities needed for current and future LTE-Advanced deployments around the world,” said Rob Van Brunt, general manager of Spirent Communications, “With Keysight and Spirent’s combined testing expertise and sophisticated automated testing, integrating the UXM into our 8100 system positions our customers to stay highly competitive.”

http://www.spirent.com/Products/8100_LTE

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spirent Sees Weaker Demand in Q3

Spirent trimmed its financial guidance for Q3 saying demand levels dipped sharply as a result of merger activity and delays in capital expenditure.  The weakened demand primarily impacted its Networks and Applications business.

Spirent now expects revenues for the third quarter to be slightly below $110.0 million compared to $107.7 million last year.

http://otp.investis.com/generic/regulatory-story.aspx?cid=486&newsid=450377

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spirent Acquires Mobilethink for MDM Expertise

Spirent Communications has acquired Mobilethink A/S and its wholly owned subsidiary, Tweakker, for US$20 million in cash.

Headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Mobilethink is a provider of mobile device management, device analytics and intelligence solutions for mobile operators. Tweakker is a cloud-based mobile device configuration solution specifically targeted at Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).  The solutions allow operators to correctly detect mobile devices, configure them for data usage, analyze device population trends, and run marketing campaigns with the goal of increasing average revenue per user (ARPU).

Eric Hutchinson, CEO of Spirent commented: “Hosted and cloud-enabled device intelligence solutions give operators and MVNOs the ability to significantly improve subscriber’s service experience. The acquisition of Mobilethink combined with Spirent’s extensive portfolio of mobile device performance and customer experience management solutions will help drive our overall growth with additional recurring revenue potential.”
“Mobilethink has been part of the Mobile Device Management (MDM) market for over a decade and the core of the business is about enabling mobile operators of all types to seamlessly deliver services to their customers,” said Lars Houbak, CEO of Mobilethink. “Mobilethink along with Tweakker will provide Spirent customers a more comprehensive and intuitive way to better manage and improve the subscriber’s device experience.”

http://www.spirent.com/

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spirent Puts 400G Ethernet to the Test with Xilinx and Huawei

Spirent Communications unveiled its 400G Ethernet Test System -- an industry first -- and announced the completion of testing of Huawei’s NE5000E core router.  The tests verified the layer 1-3 quality and highlighted error free performance with different combinations of streams, frame lengths and rates including a single stream running at full line rate.

Spirent's pre-standard 400G Ethernet Test System uses Xilinx’s 28nm Virtex-7 H870T programmable device.  Spirent, Huawei and Xilinx have been collaborating for more than six months on 400GbE testing.
 
Spirent said its solution marks an important for the industry in the development of 400GbE systems. The 400G Ethernet Test System is a one-slot blade compatible with Spirent’s existing chassis and its other Ethernet products.  Key features of the solution include:

  • Sending and receiving Ethernet frames from 64 to 16K bytes in length
  • Generating and analyzing 400G traffic as a single stream running at line rate or as an aggregation of multiple streams
  • Compensating for small clock differences between link partners with parts per million (PPM) adjustment
  • Delivering per-port and per-stream statistics such as latency, frames out of sequence, frame counts and rates, and layer 1 statistics to help debug physical link problems
  • Allowing modification of generated frame contents
  • Capturing received traffic at wire rate

“The collaboration with Huawei and Xilinx to develop and validate our 400G test solution builds on Spirent’s position as the leader in high-speed Ethernet testing. As a result of this effort, we are ready for a live showcase of a solution that enables network equipment manufacturers and service providers to move forward with early 400G design projects and effectively test their next-gen offerings,” stated Eric Hutchinson, CEO, Spirent Communications.

http://www.spirent.com/go/400g

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spirent Intros SDN/NFV Test Environment

Spirent Communications introduced a virtual lab environment for SDN/NFV.

Spirent Velocity allows users to quickly set-up a predictable and repeatable virtualized test fabric to a desired deployment architecture, including choice of hypervisors, guest operating systems, reference server setup, NFV and other network elements such as SDN controllers and switches.

Spirent Velocity’s cloud-based design seamlessly incorporates the Spirent TestCenter Virtual and Spirent Avalanche Virtual test appliances, simplifying setting-up and running test cases using a database of methodologies for testing performance, availability, security and scale (PASS) of SDN/NFV. The cloud-based framework lets test engineers utilize physical and virtual test products of their choice on the platform, including other various test appliances or open source tools, to take advantage of existing investments and resources.

“With its cloud-based design, Spirent Velocity provides our customers a new platform to test a new generation of virtualized devices,” said Patrick Johnson, vice president of Cloud and Virtual Solutions at Spirent Communication. “With Spirent Velocity, enterprises, service providers and network equipment manufacturers are able to build out a predictable and repeatable virtual test environment that ensures they qualify their systems for performance and scalability with confidence, while minimizing the investment needed in test equipment or expertise.”

http://www.spirent.com/products/velocity

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