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Megatest - the foundation of M.O.VE. “The whole is greater than the sum of parts”

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Light Reading, sponsored an open invitation to all network vendors to have their mobile network architecture tested by an independent third party. Cisco accepted this challenge and built a large scale mobile operator network from cell site through the core and cloud to meet the requirements set down by EANTC and the test plan that they created.

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Megatest - the foundation of M.O.VE. “The whole is greater than the sum of parts”

  1. 1. Megatest - the foundation of M.O.VE. “The whole is greater than thesum of parts”Posted by dkurschn on May 23, 2011 12:08:31 PMA few fun facts:  Mobile networks are getting more complex (AnyG support)  Mobile traffic is getting more complex (video, visual communications, collaboration-on-the-go, etc.)  Consumer expectations are driving this “traffic complexity” as they want rich media content on the go, and they want to stay connected all the time. (As do I)  Mobile Operators have made (and continue to make) enormous investments in their infrastructure to bring Mobile Broadband services to their subscribers  Mobile Operators need to find ways to derive more profit from these investments o Monetization and Optimization enable profit.Most often the mobile operator infrastructure is viewed as a bunch of parts, or sub-systems; for example,the RAN Backhaul, the Packet Core, and so on. Much of what the public sees in the way of vendorperformance are staged demonstrations and tests that are unfortunately simple snapshots of these sub-systems or even just a single platform. Current Analysis have observed several times that vendor testswithout detailed test case and traffic profile data are of little practical use to network operators. Indeed, intheir article titled “2011: What Lies Ahead in Mobile Infrastructure”, Peter Jarich and Daryl Schoolarof Current Analysis stated:“Infrastructure vendors need to find ways to provide real-world metrics behind their packet coreclaims. Credit goes to Cisco for making its solution available to EANTC for testing. While itscompetitors may not have all the assets needed to submit for a similar test, they do need to find ways toback up performance claims, ideally by leveraging deployments that reach beyond the lab to “one up”Cisco while still maintaining some control over the messaging.”(http://www.currentanalysis.com/COMPETE/FrontEnd/Search.aspx?pAND=2011%3A%20What%20Lies%20Ahead%20in%20Mobile%20Infrastructure).They are quite correct in their statement. In short, the network operates as a whole and the networkneeds to be assessed as a whole. Not just how one piece works, but how the entire network operates in
  2. 2. concert. The next level in mobile performance and profitability requires a solid, proven, and yet flexiblefoundation. Not smoke and mirrors. Not slideware and promises. Blue-sky is nice, but you cannot run anetwork and you cannot make a call on a promise.This past February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Cisco announced M.O.VE.;Monetization, Optimization, and VideoscapeExperience (/www.cisco.com/go/movewww./www.cisco.com/go/move). The M.O.VE. framework is builton a proven, solid and flexible foundation. And better yet, this foundation is the only comprehensivemobile infrastructure to have successfully completed independent testing and validation. This “Megatest”was not just one or two boxes, nor was it a series of isolated demonstrations (hence the “Mega”designation). The well regarded industry research and news organization, Light Reading, sponsored anopen invitation to all network vendors to have their mobile network architecture tested by an independentthird party. Cisco accepted this challenge and built a large scale mobile operator network from cell sitethrough the core and cloud to meet the requirements set down by EANTC and the test plan that theycreated.One of the most respected independent testing and engineering firms, EANTCcreated a test plan andtraffic profile that placed the entire mobile network under real-world conditions. In fact, while measuringone function, EANTC would stress other areas of the network (i.e. let’s break this and see what happensto all these other things). Various systems that may have otherwise been tested in isolation were shownto work together and help each other around the circumstances that “happen” in real-world networkoperations. Indeed, one can take away from this test that while Cisco’s various sub-systems areindustry leading, that when used together they provide even greater value to the mobile operator(and their subscribers).The results of this “Megatest” were reported by Light Reading and further commented on by severalindustry analysts and journalists.(http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/ns341/ns973/mobile_testing_light_reading.html)So what does this mean to you and why should you care? I mean aside from the truly nerdy delight ofreading such a detailed test (yes, I proudly count myself in that group). This “Megatest” provides theMobile Operator, with the comfort of third party documented proof, that the very important capabilitiesof Cisco’s M.O.VE. framework is built upon a validated, solid foundation. Profitability for the realworld is available today.

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