March 20, 2013

EANTC 2013: Kind of a Big Deal

EANTC, the European Advanced Networking Test Center, has been driving doing interoperability testing since 1991. With over 20 years of experience, few organizations in the world can match the interoperability testing expertise they have. For 2013, we again joined the effort with EANTC for testing and are proud to be among the first tested in carrier-focused SDN, MPLS and Hybrid Timing with Synchronous Ethernet (Sync E) and IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP).

Different vendors have different perspectives on standards and interoperability. The Extreme Networks perspective is that standards are not only a good thing, they are needed and that compliance and interoperability testing are key to playing well with others. Indeed, as part of our AVB efforts, aimed at bringing converged Ethernet to professional audio/video, we worked (and are working) closely with the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Labs (UNH-IOL), with an interview with UNH’s Bob Noseworthy available here. Of course, we are no strangers to EANTC either, with a video capturing last year’s testing efforts available here.

EANTC 2013 Network Engineering Team

About 30 of the 50+ network engineers participating in EANTC 2013. Extreme Networks Frank Jimenez can be seen 3rd from the left.

These test fests are no trivial effort, EANTC 2013 by the numbers:

  • 19 Vendors
  • 50+ Engineers
  • 68 Devices
  • 4 Months of Preparation
  • 3 Weeks of Hot Staging
  • 26 Pages of Report

The good news is that if you are in Paris you have a unique opportunity to attend an event that combines MPLS and Ethernet World Congress with SDN Summit and the V6 World Congress. Not only that, but from 19-22 March the interoperability showcase will be open featuring guided tours for conference attendees, live demos and of course helpful vendor representatives. More on the showcase can be seen here.

Standards are important. Networks in general would be far less capable without having robust testing bodies like EANTC. All of us in the industry owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who made considerable sacrifices in order to do this and other plug fests. So if you are fortunate enough to have folks like our Frank Jimenez who help drive standards and interoperability efforts, please take a moment to thank them. For more on the details of our EANTC testing, please see the Extreme Networks Press Release or visit the EANTC website.

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