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Test Optimization

Improving Efficiency, Speed, and Performance in Network and Application Test Labs.

Doing more with less
Under pressure to do more with less, test lab professionals are focused on getting better utilization out of test tools, consolidating global resources, and leveraging proven technology across more configurations.

Complexity of test labs present costly problem
The rapidly changing nature of today’s test labs presents users with unique challenges. The complexity and variety of test configurations often lead to longer than necessary test cycles. At the same time, there is an increased pressure to improve the efficiency of lab equipment in order to keep capital expenditures from skyrocketing.

Improve network and application test lab efficiency, speed, and performance
NetScout’s Test Optimization solution helps users improve their network and application test lab efficiency, speed, and performance. Our TestStream Management Software and Packet Flow Switch family deliver highly scalable and intelligent solutions offering unique layer 1-4 functionality in a single platform. We enable you to increase the utilization of existing tools and devices under test, reduce the time required to set up and test, and decrease the need for new tools, improving overall lab performance.

Functions of an Optimized Test solution from NetScout include:

  • Packet Generation: Flexible packet generation across 1/10/40/100G interfaces provides initial testing or background load for complex test scenarios.
  • Impairment: Simulate real-world network conditions in a test lab environment. Test streams can be manipulated to introduce realistic network anomalies that are not otherwise available without additional tools.
  • Traffic Statistics: Collecting statistics on individual interfaces provides a third-party view to corroborate metrics shown by test tools and DUTs. Statistics are available in real time and collected for post-test analysis.
  • Filtering: Based on user selectable criteria, test streams are routed at a packet level based on L2-4 header fields. Packets can be routed to specific interfaces or dropped to simulate error conditions.
  • Aggregation: Creates a single test stream by combining multiple input sources. Combining test streams from application-specific test tools presents a more realistic scenario to the DUT.
  • Rate Conversion: Enables you to connect test tools to DUTs regardless of the interface speed. This functionality increases interoperability and greatly extends the lifespan and utilization of 1/10/40/100G test tools.
  • Replication: Allows users to create multiple test streams from a single input source. These replicated streams can be directed to multiple interfaces to increase load on one or more DUTs.
  • TAP: Passive tapping helps test engineers diagnose problems that occur during test execution. By delivering real-time packet streams to analysis tools, users can analyze and identify problem conditions without disrupting the test traffic flow.
  • Switch: Physical layer switching automates network topology moves, adds, and changes. Connected ports pass unaltered traffic at line rate with no protocol dependencies, optimizing lab operation in a number of ways, including test tool sharing and remote control.
Test Optimization - Lab as a Service
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Shifting to a service-oriented lab infrastructure
Individual test labs have become islands; unable to leverage the collective investments being made across the organization and resulting in inefficient use of CAPEX and OPEX. Shifting to a service-oriented lab infrastructure allows test labs to operate with much higher efficiency as a result of their larger scale, dedicated management, and proper tooling. In addition to providing significant capital and operating expense savings, implementing Lab as a Service (LaaS) improves the quality of tests being conducted.

Challenges implementing lab as a service
Deploying LaaS can present significant challenges due to the increased complexity inherent with creating larger, multi-use labs. Add to this the need to utilize new tools and techniques that may not exist in single-use labs in order to meet the requirements for global 24×7 operations, and test lab professionals may find themselves in a jam. Simply consolidating equipment from multiple smaller labs into a larger facility will not yield the desired results.

Deploy service-oriented labs quickly and easily
NetScout’s Test Optimization solutions enable test lab professionals to deploy service-oriented labs by providing innovative functionality that combines layer 1 switching with layer 2-4 intelligence. Our easy- to-use, intelligent, highly scalable technology allows you to quickly realize the capital and operating expense improvement potential of implementing a LaaS solution.

Solutions you can trust
NetScout understands the challenges test lab professionals face in today’s complex lab environments. Let us show you how to enable a service-oriented lab using our Test Optimization solutions. Additional 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.

Traditional Test Lab

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Traditional labs can be exceedingly wasteful of CAPEX and OPEX due to ongoing infrastructure costs coupled with poor utilization. Implementing a Lab as a Service model from NetScout can not only solve these problems, but also improve test quality.

NetScout’s Solution

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A NetScout solution enables customers to deploy service-oriencted labs by providing innovative functionality combining layer 1 switching with layer 2-4 intelligence. With such a solution, customers quickly realize the CAPEX and OPEX improvement potential of LaaS.

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Test Optimization - High Performance Testing
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Meet high bandwidth and feature rich application testing demands
To meet high bandwidth and feature rich application testing demands, you need efficient sharing of tools, fast topology changes, and innovative ways to conduct more thorough testing.

The challenge of raising test lab performance
The constant push to validate the latest technology, as well as regression test previous versions, has left test lab professionals under the gun to keep high performance test labs running at peak efficiency. Significant investment is required to support additional equipment to satisfy multiple protocol and speed requirements. As complexity continues to increase, allotted timeframes and resources keep shrinking.

Optimize your high performance test labs
NetScout Test Optimization solutions help you optimize test labs by increasing test tool utilization, reducing cycle time, and lowering capital and operating expenses. Our easy-to-use, scalable technology offers innovative functionality that combines layer 1 switching with layer 2-4 intelligence. We help you improve the efficiency of test tools and lab resources.

Solutions you can trust
NetScout understands the challenges test lab professionals face in maintaining today’s complex high performance test lab environments. Let us show you how our test optimization solutions enable improved efficiency, speed, and performance of test labs.

Traditional Lab Environment

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As requirements grow in traditional labs, significant investment is required  to support additional equipment to satisfy multiple protocol and speed requirements. As complexity continues to increase, allotted timeframes and resources are shrinking.

NetScout’s Solution

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A NetScout High Performance Test Lab solution enables increased utilization of existing resources and remote configuration and management. Such a solution increases the efficiency of test tools and lab resources. It also enables layer 2-4 functionality to further increase lab performance.

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Test Optimization - Test Automation
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The need to automate test labs
Automating a test lab provides an organization the opportunity to test devices, applications, and services faster and to establish 24/7 operations from anywhere in the world. Test lab automation can greatly improve the cycle time of repetitive test procedures such as regression, build, and performance tests, and also helps simplify the network while providing instant topology changes.

Test labs: complex, error prone environments
As traditional test labs grow in complexity, organizations face significant challenges in fully utilizing equipment due to limited remote access and sharing. Network and application testing requires speed and agility, but often takes a tremendous amount of time and resources to implement correctly.

Test devices, applications, and services faster
NetScout’s Test Lab Automation solutions greatly improve the cycle time of test procedures, allowing for dramatically increased lab efficiency, speed, and performance. By providing easy-to-use, intelligent, scalable technology at the lab’s logical core, our solution simplifies the network while providing instant and assured moves, adds, and changes. Additional tools and functions can be utilized to expand CAPEX and OPEX savings.

Solutions you can trust
NetScout understands the challenges you face in today’s complex test lab environment. Let us show you how our solution enables lab automation.

Traditional Test Lab Environment

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Traditional test labs grow in complexity as equipment is added. This scenario results in a slow, complex, and error-prone environment, where expensive equipment and personnel resources are poorly utilized.

NetScout’s Solution

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A NetScout Test Lab Automation solution simplifies the network while providing instant and assured moves, adds, and changes.

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Cyber & Security Test Labs
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Improve efficiency, speed, and performance of test labs
With security threats increasing in frequency, the need for effective cyber and security testing is also on the rise. You need to optimize your cyber and security labs to improve efficiency, speed, and performance.

Cyber and security test lab challenges
Traditional labs can be exceedingly wasteful due to ongoing infrastructure costs coupled with poor utilization. Test lab professionals are under growing pressure to rapidly configure complex network topologies in order to execute test scenarios without increasing operating expenses caused by labor intensive and error prone methods. Cyber and security testing adds additional stress as a result of demanding time constraints and an increased need for efficient topology changes.

Create a high-performance cyber and security testing infrastructure
NetScout’s Test Optimization solutions help you create a high-performance cyber and security testing infrastructure that enables instant equipment sharing, remote monitoring, multiplied DoS attack scenarios, and topology management via an easy-to-use software interface. Our scalable and secure technology optimizes cyber and security labs through innovative functionality that combines layer 1 switching with layer 2-4 intelligence. We help you improve the efficiency, speed, and performance of your cyber and security labs.

Solutions you can trust
NetScout understands the challenges test lab professionals face in today’s complex cyber and security testing environments. Let us show you how our test optimization solutions enable improved efficiency, speed, and performance of labs.

Traditional Test Lab Environment

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Traditional labs can be exceedingly wasteful of CAPEX and OPEX due to ongoing infrastructure costs coupled with poor utilization. Cyber & security testing adds additional stress due to more demanding time constraints and increased demands for efficient topology changes.

NetScout’s Solution

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A NetScout solution enables customers to optimize cyber & security labs by providing innovative functionality combining layer 1 switching with layer 2-4 intelligence. With such a solution, customers can improve the efficiency, speed, and performance of cyber & security labs.

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