Date: 9th Jun 2011
NTAF releases first industry specs for
network test automation
The Network Test Automation Forum has announced that it
has approved the release of the first set of specifications
for enabling multi-vendor interoperability in network test
The specifications define tool registration, discovery
and activation functionalities that enable software and
hardware from multiple vendors to automatically and seamlessly
recognize and communicate with each other.
"Automation is and has always been a key strategic
focus for test labs around the world," said Robert
Ormsby, president of NTAF and director at Verizon. "These
new specifications represent a major milestone towards standardizing
network lab automation, which will be the cornerstone of
The NTAF specification defines mechanisms for network entities,
either lab equipment or software automation tool harnesses,
to publish information that will allow other entities to
integrate with them and control them in a generic manner.
The specification also covers how these entities can register
themselves and discover what other NTAF entities are available
within their environment.
"It is very impressive to see competing test tool
vendors and network test labs work collaboratively to achieve
such success in such a short time to solve a complex problem,"
said Kaushal Agrawal, a board member of NTAF and senior
director of engineering at Cisco. "The demonstration
instantiated multi-vendor interoperability, a critical need
for all network test labs in this age of convergence."