EANTC Multi-Vendor Interoperability Test 2020: What It Is

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For the past several years, we have been promoting participation in EANTC’s Multi-Vendor Interoperability Test showcase event.  In particular, we do a lot of promoting of the NETCONF and YANG section of this testing event.  In this blog post, I want to spend a little bit of time discussing exactly what this event is and how it works when you participate.

First off, what this event is not…  It is not a formal standards conformance testing program where at a time of your choosing, you send a network element to a testing lab, a fixed set of tests are then performed, and a final report is created.

The EANTC Multi-Vendor Interoperability Test showcase event is a once a year, participatory event in which vendors cooperate to design real world use case test scenarios and pro-actively reach out to other vendors to work together to prepare to implement the test cases which tend to focus on Service Provider use cases.  Then, the vendors gather together in February for two weeks of what is called “hot staging” in Berlin, to work together in person to test, tweak, and actually run the test cases.

After the hot staging, EANTC writes and publishes a white paper which reports on the outcome of the hot staging.  It is important to note that the testing operates under strict NDA and that EANTC only reports positive results in the white paper. The final white paper is then released at the MPLS+SDN+NFV World conference in April.

Also, at the conference, EANTC presents a showcase where the equipment racks from the hot staging are live and running the test cases.  At various times during the conference, short presentations and demos of the test cases are given by the participating vendors.

The best way to gain an understanding of what the EANTC Multi-Vendor Interoperability Test is to read the white paper from last year’s event.  It is important to note that the test cases are different each year as previous test cases evolve and new ones are added.  These changes are driven by the participating vendors as they propose new test cases each year.

I highly encourage everyone to participate in the EANTC’s Multi-Vendor Interoperability Test 2020.  The time to get involved is now!  The test cases are currently in the process of being planned and the participating vendors are starting to work together to prepare for the hot staging in February.

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