The test is being undertaken by BTexact Technologies, the advanced technology division of British Telecom (BT) (NYSE: BTY), using test equipment from Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A).
The idea is to evaluate the performance of optical grooming switches now that several companies have launched equipment that competes with the market leader, the CoreDirector from Ciena Corp. (Nasdaq: CIEN).
In order to do this, Light Reading has invited each vendor to build a small network of four switches in BTexact's lab so that its gear can be evaluated in conditions as close as possible to those of a real live commercial network. Vendors don't have to pay to participate in the test -- an issue considered vital to the integrity of results according to a recent poll in Light Reading (see Testing Testing).
A test plan describing this in glorious detail has now been finalized, following consultations with vendors. It can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.
Light Reading's efforts to shed light on the pros and cons of today's grooming switches has won widespread support from service providers. Close to 40 of them responded to a request to express their support for this project, by sending messages to Light Reading. Smaller service providers probably have more to gain from the tests because they often wouldn't have the resources to undertake their own evaluations. However, representatives from several major carriers also sent in messages of support. They include:
— Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading
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