Test & Measurement

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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