Heavy Reading report illustrates strong ties between T&M and virtualization.

Denise Culver, Online Research Director

May 25, 2017

2 Min Read
Report Examines T&M, Virtualization

Drawing on the companies, products and technologies found in both Testapedia and Virtuapedia, a new report issued today examines how test and measurement vendors are addressing virtualization in their customers' offerings, as well as how they're using virtualization in their own solutions.

Test & Measurement Meets Virtualization's Challenges features input from 14 T&M vendors that are in varying stages of developing their own virtualized T&M solutions, while also addressing the challenges of testing scores of solutions that have been or are in the process of being virtualized by CSPs, data centers, NEMs, enterprises and others in their customer base.

Some interesting takeaways in the report:

  • T&M customers -- those CSPs, data centers, etc. -- aren't finding it easy to make the switch from physical to virtual testing solutions.

    • Unlike their testing solutions for physical networks, T&M vendors aren't building virtualized testing solutions following the "one size fits all" business plan, creating an interesting opportunity in the market.

    • Virtualization can't simply be slapped on top of hardware test solutions, making more work, longer production times and higher costs for vendors for customers that don't necessarily understand the differences.

    • Virtualization in test and measurement is just getting started.

      That last point is especially salient because the communications industry tends to container-ize itself by technology. But as virtualization continues to broaden in terms of what it is and does, how it applies and where, it becomes increasingly evident that it won't be easily contained.

      And that is evident on Virtuapedia, with its more than 1,600 companies and 1,700 products that cover a wide range of technologies, not to mention the 14,500+ people who are following virtualization's growth through the site. As well as on Testapedia, which features 760 companies and 900 products, as well as 2,700 Testapedians -- test and measurement professionals who have registered on the site. Testapedians -- those who have taken 45 seconds to register on Testapedia -- can access the report at no cost.

      — Denise Culver, Director of Online Research, Heavy Reading

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About the Author(s)

Denise Culver

Online Research Director

Denise manages Heavy Reading's Thought Leadership Council, which uses a focus group approach to glean insights from CSPs on topics ranging from automation, IoT, 5G, B/OSS transformation, SD-WAN and emerging technologies. Additionally, Denise covers the test and measurement industry as an analyst, focusing on how T&M vendors are addressing telco transformation, as well as the impact that technologies such as IoT are having on service provider networks. Denise also continues to oversee development of Light Reading's Pedia projects, including Virtuapedia and Testapedia. Previously, she was a Contributing Analyst with Heavy Reading for seven years, covering a wide range of areas, including mobile, IP transformation and T&M. Her career in technology journalism began in 1996, and she is a past winner of the American Business Media Association's Jesse Neal Award for editorial achievement. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

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