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Network test automation forum

Network Test Automation Forum


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

    • Automation Solutions Vendors

Promote the interoperability of commercial testing tools and test infrastructure for the data communications and telecommunications industry.

Mission Statement:


Ntaf members

NTAF Members


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Governed by members

Board of Directors

Technical Committee

Marketing Committee

Current Board of Directors

Officers:

Robert Ormsby, Verizon (NTAF President)

Todd Law, Spirent Communications (NTAF Vice President)

Jitin Dhanani, Ixia Communications (NTAF Treasurer)

Bruno Giguère, EXFO (NTAF Secretary)

Kris Raney, BreakingPoint

Steve Thomas, BT

Kaushal Agrawal, Cisco

Gordon Eddy, Empirix

James Murray, Ericsson

Lars Friedrich, JDSU

Members

Members:

  • Define interoperability standards for the Network Testing Industry

  • Any member can submit ideas for consideration

  • NTAF members will review the submissions and craft standards based on the NTAF bylaws and operating procedures

  • Published standards will be made available to interested parties


Ntaf governance

NTAF Governance

  • Create technical standards that are freely available

  • Encourage participation and promotion of the standards

  • Provide interpretation of these standards

  • Enable compliance certification with these standards

  • Ensure a “level playing field” for all members

  • Provide transparency to all members


Ntaf guiding principles

NTAF Guiding Principles

  • NTAF’s success is based on Compliance

  • NTAF addresses both wire line and wireless networks

  • Engage with existing standard bodies to leverage their work and identify “gaps” vs. re-working existing standards

  • Introduce 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


What s the challenge

What’s 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 possible

    • The majority of test solutions available are unique

    • No standard for interoperability

  • NTAF aims to standardize

    • Interoperability

    • Test Integration and Automation


Present day lab management

Present Day Lab Management


Ntaf focus

NTAF Focus

  • Interoperability

  • Integration

  • Automation

Technical Goal:

Evolution of the NTAF Entity.


Ntaf technical introduction

NTAF Technical Introduction

First Face-to-Face meeting

Montreal, Canada, April 2010


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Introducing the Technical Committee

Board of Directors

  • The Technical Committee has the responsibility of defining the content of the NTAF technical specifications. 

Technical Committee

Marketing Committee

  • Define interoperability standards for the Network Testing Industry

  • Any member can submit ideas for consideration

  • NTAF members will review the submissions and craft standards based on the NTAF bylaws and operating procedures

  • Published standards will be made available to interested parties


Ntaf reference model

NTAF Reference Model

NTAF Entity


Key decisions of the montreal meeting

Key Decisions of the Montreal Meeting

  • Adopt XMPP as the core protocol for communication between NTAF entities.

  • NTAF Entity Minimum Requirements

    • XMPP

    • Sends/Receives msgs using the NTAF schema

    • Supports the standard Request/Response model

    • Standard error handling

  • Simplified Entity Model, Interfaces refined down to:

    • Activation

    • Discovery/capabilities

    • Actions (requests)

    • Notifications


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Introducing the Marketing Committee

Board of Directors

Technical Committee

  • The 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.

Marketing Committee

  • Define interoperability standards for the Network Testing Industry

  • Any member can submit ideas for consideration

  • NTAF members will review the submissions and craft standards based on the NTAF bylaws and operating procedures

  • Published standards will be made available to interested parties


Marketing activities

Marketing Activities

The Marketing Committee advances industry awareness of NTAF and adoption of NTAF specifications by employing these channels to reach members and the industry:

  • Test Reports

  • White Papers

  • Webinars

  • Blog

  • Linked-in Group

  • Newsletter

  • Press Briefings


We encourage you to join us for what will prove to be an exciting and rewarding journey

We encourage you to join us for what will prove to be an exciting and rewarding journey.

Become a member today!


Ntaf service provider benefits

NTAF – Service Provider benefits

  • As 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.


Ntaf network equipment manufacturer benefits

NTAF – Network Equipment Manufacturer

benefits

  • As 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 test equipment and automation vendor benefits

NTAF – Test Equipment and Automation

Vendor benefits

  • As 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.


Thank you

Thank you!

  • For further information and membership queries please visit website (http://www.ntaforum.org) or send email: [email protected]


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