Spirent and CALIENT partner to release complete orchestration and automation solution

Created October 10, 2016
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Spirent Communications has incorporated CALIENT’s S-Series Optical Circuit Switching technology into the Spirent Velocity orchestration and automation software solution.

The combined solution enables network equipment manufacturers, service providers and cloud providers to consolidate and scale test lab operation, modernize test labs for employees or customers as a cloud-based service, or streamline continuous deployment when testing hybrid network functions.

Spirent’s Velocity is a hybrid networking test lab platform with a breadth of micro-services accessible via a RestAPI or an easy to use web application. Velocity offers a variety of automated test lab and test bed services including:

  • User and inventory management
  • Virtual and physical element connectivity and orchestration
  • Scripted and repeatable test scenarios
  • Monitoring and reporting of lab and test system functions
  • Hyper-fast elastic search data store
  • Velocity provides a modern Lab-as-a-Service (LaaS) user experience enabling users to create, consume and share complex hybrid networking test environments and scenarios instantly

“Our customers have begun the process of modernizing their labs to meet the growing demands to test both physical and virtual elements together,” says Patrick Johnson, General Manager of Automation Platform Technologies at Spirent Communications, “The CALIENT partnership and technology integration advances the Velocity platform’s capability to easily automate optical connectivity and instantly spin up any physical, virtual or hybrid networking environment. Their virtually zero latency, technology agnostic optical circuit switching platform provides significant value to automated hybrid test labs.”

CALIENT’s S Series Optical Circuit Switches include the S320 and S160, both of which are used to create any-to-any, layer-1 network connections that can be reconfigured on demand. The S320 is a 320-port switch, with each port being transparent to protocol and bit rate and thus supporting data speeds of 100 Gbps and beyond with a total capacity of more than 32 Tbps. The S160 is a 160-port OCS switch with a capacity of more than 16 Tbps.

By Per Danielsen


Per Danielsen

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by Per Danielsen

has 35 years of experience in optical communications and is now working freelance writing about optical communications and other telecom related topics. He also serves as chairman of the ECOC Market Focus program committee.