Agilent Issues VPN Tester

Agilent Technologies RouterTester platform delivers industry-first comprehensive VPN testing

October 17, 2001

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the industry’s first comprehensive solution for testing and verifying IP (Internet Protocol) and MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switched) Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Agilent’s new test capabilities, available on the Agilent RouterTester platform, are part of the company’s growing portfolio of telecommunications test products, including VPN, VLAN and Multicast testing systems, for next-generation metro edge routers, used to dynamically aggregate, provision and deliver advanced IP networking. VPNs, which allow businesses to establish “on-demand” multi-point networks, are a key focus for service providers seeking new revenue sources. The Agilent RouterTester now allows users to test the performance, interoperability and scalability of all major VPN routing and signaling protocols, including L2TP, IPSec and RFC-2547bis BGP/MPLS VPNs. These capabilities complement the system’s existing VPN stress testing, conformance testing and network simulation features. RouterTester users can validate all tunneling, signaling, routing and security actions needed to deliver VPN services. RouterTester’s interface offerings have also been expanded to include a new dual-port, OC-3c/OC-12c ATM interface. RouterTester is the industry’s only multi-port, wire-speed traffic generator that provides real-time VPN traffic forwarding measurements over ATM, Ethernet and POS technologies used both to interface to optical core networks and to deliver local services. “IP-based VPN services are expected to be a significant source of revenue for service providers in the coming years,” said Roz Roseboro, senior analyst at telecommunications industry analysis firm RHK. “But, because many of the protocols are not fully standardized, interoperability remains a key concern for service providers. Many vendors offer products supporting IP services today, but getting them to work together seamlessly remains an issue. Products that facilitate the integration of these solutions, like Agilent’s, will be key to wider adoption of VPNs and other value-added IP services."Agilent Technologies Inc.

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