New Tools Streamline Testing

Spirent Communications has unleashed a flood of new and enhanced testing tools.

Spirent Communications has unleashed a flood of new and enhanced testing tools designed to work in concert to test protocols and networking equipment implemented at the edge of the network.

The Rockville, Md., wholly owned unit of Spirent plc., introduced 10 new or enhanced testing tools for three of its performance-analysis platforms that are intended to speed the development and deployment of next-generation networks.

"We created a series of new products were launching together because they have to be tested together. With new voice-over-IP protocols being implemented, new migrations to IPv6 and higher scalability at the edge of the network, they have to work together as a system," said Mark Fishburn, vice president of technical strategy for Spirent, in Calabasas, Calif.

Across its range of testing tools, Spirent added more automation, setup wizards and scripting tools to streamline performance testing.

The company late last month announced a new release of its Avalanche software that adds tests for distributed-denial-of-service attacks. Version 5.2 of the software also improves streaming media performance, supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet and adds virtual LAN tagging and IP fragmentation support.

Among its IP telephony enhancements, Spirent released Version 2.0 of its Abacus 5000 test system to allow service providers to verify performance, functions and voice quality.

A new version of its Router Performance Tester simplifies the evaluation of Layer 2 and Layer 3 MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) virtual private network implementations. It also adds a Web software update utility, an enhanced test scheduler and a Web portal with example configuration files.