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Network Test Automation Forum. What/Who does NTAF represent?. NTAF represents any organization/individual interested in testing network devices, architectures or application performance. Service Providers, End users Network Element Manufacturers Test Equipment Manufacturers - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Network Test Automation Forum1NTAF represents any organization/individual interested in testing network devices, architectures or application performance.Service Providers, End usersNetwork Element ManufacturersTest Equipment ManufacturersAutomation Solutions VendorsPromote the interoperability of commercial testing tools and test infrastructure for the data communications and telecommunications industry.

Mission Statement:What/Who does NTAF represent?www.ntaforum.orgNTAFs Charter:

The goal of the Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF) is to facilitate and promote the interoperability of commercial testing tools and test infrastructure for the data communications and telecommunications industry.

The organization will bring together commercial testing vendors, test equipment vendors, and other industry experts to create interoperable testing solutions for service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and other enterprise organizations with large network deployments.

2NTAF Members

www.ntaforum.orgShould review this slide with all members Maybe have something to distinguish Founding vs new Members3

Governed by membersDefine interoperability standards for the Network Testing IndustryAny member can submit ideas for considerationNTAF members will review the submissions and craft standards based on the NTAF bylaws and operating proceduresPublished standards will be made available to interested partiesRobert Ormsby, Verizon (NTAF President)Todd Law, Spirent Communications (NTAF Vice President)Jitin Dhanani, Ixia Communications (NTAF Treasurer)Bruno Gigure, EXFO (NTAF Secretary)

Kris Raney, BreakingPointSteve Thomas, BTKaushal Agrawal, CiscoGordon Eddy, EmpirixJames Murray, EricssonLars Friedrich, JDSU

Members

Current Board of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsTechnical CommitteeMarketing CommitteeOfficers:Members:www.ntaforum.orgNTAF GovernanceCreate technical standards that are freely available Encourage participation and promotion of the standardsProvide interpretation of these standards Enable compliance certification with these standardsEnsure a level playing field for all membersProvide transparency to all memberswww.ntaforum.orgExtend membership to any organization or person willing to contribute appropriate resources to the goals of the organization.Ensure that adoption of these standards is not inhibited by any intellectual property rights or other commercial restrictions.The primary aim of NTAF is the creation, publication, and adjudication of industry standards. Priority will be given to those areas where the greatest interest is expressed by the membership, where sufficient technical participation is available, where interoperability will most clearly be enhanced from where it stands today, and where progress can be made most rapidly.5NTAF Guiding PrinciplesNTAFs success is based on Compliance NTAF addresses both wire line and wireless networksEngage with existing standard bodies to leverage their work and identify gaps vs. re-working existing standardsIntroduce a common set of test suites that demonstrate NTAF compliance certification Create a Compliance Working Group (CWG) to further define and refine interoperability testing issues CWG will be a subset of the Technical Committee www.ntaforum.orgOne of first orders of business for the Technical Committee is to address the related technical framework which will drive the work of the forum and insure successful planning. NTAF work needs to be sustainable with added functionality IP: Once contribution is made to the NTAF, the forum will hold the IP. Patent disclosure will be requested at the time of contribution Key Stakeholders in Membership include: Network Equipment Manufacturers, Service Providers, Test and Automation Equipment Vendors

6Whats the Challenge?

As new services are required a typical lab continues to expand in terms of networking equipment and equally the number of testing solutions required to test these new devices and services.Increased pressures to get devices/networks/services to the market place as quickly as possibleThe majority of test solutions available are unique No standard for interoperability

NTAF aims to standardizeInteroperabilityTest Integration and Automation

www.ntaforum.orgPresent Day Lab Management

www.ntaforum.orgTest labs must coordinate a hodge-podge of equipment and software from various vendors. Larger companies may have dedicated teams of engineers to develop tools to glue solutions together, while smaller companies may have a more ad-hoc approach. Either way, lab integration today is not efficient, and could be improved through standardization, which is what NTAF is trying to achieve.

8NTAF Focus

InteroperabilityIntegration AutomationEvolution of the NTAF Entity.

Technical Goal:www.ntaforum.orgReplacing previous slide with this one. More information in the Technical Committee section9NTAF Technical Introduction

First Face-to-Face meetingMontreal, Canada, April 2010

Introducing the Technical CommitteeDefine interoperability standards for the Network Testing IndustryAny member can submit ideas for considerationNTAF members will review the submissions and craft standards based on the NTAF bylaws and operating proceduresPublished standards will be made available to interested partiesBoard of DirectorsTechnical CommitteeMarketing CommitteeThe Technical Committee has the responsibility of defining the content of the NTAF technical specifications. www.ntaforum.org

NTAF Reference Model

NTAF Entitywww.ntaforum.orgChanged NTAF Reference Model to reflect latest contribution from Kenneth Green from IXIA

The NTAF reference model ties together various NTAF Entities in the lab by defining key test functions and a set of descriptive file types, with the ultimate goal of seamless interoperability.

NTAF Entity

1) Is an XMPP node 2) Sends/receives NTAF schema messages 3) Supports the NTAF Request/Response model 4) May emit asynchronous notifications (events) 5) Supports NTAF error handling

NTAF Entity Interfaces: Activation Discovery/capabilities Actions (requests) Notifications12Key Decisions of the Montreal MeetingAdopt XMPP as the core protocol for communication between NTAF entities.NTAF Entity Minimum RequirementsXMPPSends/Receives msgs using the NTAF schemaSupports the standard Request/Response modelStandard error handlingSimplified Entity Model, Interfaces refined down to:ActivationDiscovery/capabilitiesActions (requests)Notifications

www.ntaforum.org

Introducing the Marketing CommitteeDefine interoperability standards for the Network Testing IndustryAny member can submit ideas for considerationNTAF members will review the submissions and craft standards based on the NTAF bylaws and operating proceduresPublished standards will be made available to interested partiesBoard of DirectorsTechnical CommitteeMarketing CommitteeThe Marketing Committee promotes awareness of NTAF, its members and facilitates industry adoption of NTAF specifications NTAF as an organization, promote its members and their contributions to the Network Test Automation community and to facilitate the industry adoption of NTAF specifications. www.ntaforum.org14Marketing ActivitiesThe Marketing Committee advances industry awareness of NTAF and adoption of NTAF specifications by employing these channels to reach members and the industry: Test ReportsWhite PapersWebinarsBlogLinked-in GroupNewsletterPress Briefingswww.ntaforum.orgBecome a member today!We encourage you to join us for what will prove to be an exciting and rewarding journey.NTAF Service Provider benefitsAs a Service Provider or End-user of network test automation, NTAF provides you with:The opportunity to help create test and automation specifications that will be widely adopted by test and automation vendors, enabling you to cut down on test and test setup time and get your products/services to market faster.The chance to voice your test and automation requirements to the industry in an open and transparent forum.The opportunity to meet with your suppliers and competitors in an open environment to share ideas, best practices and requirements.

www.ntaforum.orgFor Service Providers17As a Network Equipment Manufacturer, NTAF provides you with:The opportunity to help create test and automation specifications that will be widely adopted by test and automation vendors.Enable you to cut down on test, development, and test setup time.Products to market faster, with decreased QA times.The chance to voice your requirements to the vendors of the test and automation industry in an open forum.The opportunity to meet with your suppliers and competitors in an open environment to share ideas, best practices and requirements.NTAF Network Equipment Manufacturer benefitswww.ntaforum.orgFor Service Providers18As a Test Equipment and Automation Vendor, NTAF provides you with:The chance to participate in, and contribute to, a standards-setting organization. Help create and implement accepted specifications and leverage best-in-class complementary solutions with minimum engineering effort.The opportunity to meet your customers (i.e. Service Providers, End-users and Network Equipment Manufacturers) in an environment were you can demonstrate the true innovativeness of your company.The ability to promote interoperability standards in the test community. Enable users of test and automation products (your customers) to benefit from your ideas and cut down on test infrastructure development time in order to bring products to market faster.

NTAF Test Equipment and Automation Vendor benefitswww.ntaforum.orgFor Service Providers19Thank you!For further information and membership queries please visit website

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