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Network Test Automation Forum created for collaboration and interoperability


March 22, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

March 22, 2010

Companies from across the communications and networking industries—including BreakingPoint Systems, BT, Cisco, Empirix, Ericsson, Exfo, Fanfare Software, Ixia, JDSU, Spirent Communications and Verizon—have joined forces to form the Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF), a global effort designed to promote interoperability between test tools and simplify lab automation efforts.

“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.”

With representation from service providers, network equipment
manufacturers and test & measurement vendors, NTAF advocates a
customer-centric, device-agnostic framework that reduces time,
complexity, and cost of product test cycles.

NTAF represents a fundamental shift from the stand-alone and proprietary
approaches to an open lab automation approach. 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.

CLICK HERE for Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF).