Criterion Network Labs (CNLabs) is a network interoperability lab dedicated for testing networking products, technologies and solutions through industry collaboration. The lab is a vendor neutral independent division of Criterion Networks Pvt Ltd.
The offerings from CNLabs are focused on two major emerging technologies: IPv6 and Software Defined Networking (SDN). The conformance, performance and interoperability testing programs from CNLabs are designed to help customers validate implementations and foster adoption by increasing confidence in IPv6 and SDN deployments.
CNLabs works closely with industry forums and organizations that accelerate adoption of IPv6 and SDN. We collaborate closely with IPv6 Forum, the worldwide consortium whose mission is to advocate the adoption of IPv6 technology. CNLabs is also a member of the Open Networking Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN).
In keeping up with our quality values, Criterion Network Labs is in the process of completing ISO 17025 accreditation, which provides additional confidence to our customers regarding the processes and capabilities of the lab.
At CNLabs, we constantly evolve our programs to keep up with the industry trends and to meet our customer needs. The services that are currently offered by CNLabs is listed below.
OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program
CNLabs is the first lab in India to offer OpenFlow conformance testing services. As an ONF-accredited testing facility, CNLabs provides OpenFlow™ conformance testing services to clients world-wide through the OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program which offers vendors the opportunity to receive OpenFlow certificaton from ONF.
The Open Flow specification is the first Software Defined Networking standard which provides a consistent way for the controllers to communicate with open flow enabled hardware or software switches. The Open Flow conformance testing program from ONF provides network vendors an opportunity to demonstrate compliance with the OpenFlow™ specification. By ensuring that their products are OpenFlow conformant, vendors can increase customer confidence, brand value and competitive advantage for their product offerings.
An open flow switch can be certified for Full Conformance, Layer 3 conformance or Layer 2 conformance profiles depending on the implementation. In addition there are several optional requirements that can be implemented by the vendor for each profile. The OpenFlow test specification is presently available for the OpenFlow switch specification 1.0.0 (Errata 1.0.1) and will soon be extended to later versions of switch specifications that will be published.
You can find more about the Open Flow Conformance test program from ONF at https://www.opennetworking.org/sdn-resources/onf-specifications/openflow-conformance .
Vendors can contact CNLabs directly or through ONF to apply for their conformance testing needs.
SDN product vendors can also enter into a contract with CNLabs through our yearly membership plan. The programs allows them to leverage various conformance and interoperability test programs offered by CNLabs for a discounted price. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com for more details on this program.
SDN Interoperability Testing
The SDN interoperability test environment at CNLabs can evaluate your product’s interoperability with network products, controllers and various applications in a multi-vendor environment. CNLabs currently offers interoperability programs for SDN switch, controllers and applications.We also offer solution level interoperability programs for SDN and cloud.
Proof-of-Concept (PoC) Testing
The Proof-of-Concept testing programs from CNLabs help validate enterprise network solutions using SDN in an IPv4/IPv6 environment. If you have a new product or service that you plan to take to market, we can work with you to validate your implementation and deployment in a multi-vendor test environment.
While vendors work towards product conformance testing, customers looking to validate the interoperability of a single or multi-vendor custom SDN/OpenFlow solutions (application, controller and network devices) can leverage our Proof of Concept Testing programs to ensure successful deployment. CNLabs can work with you on a case by case basis to validate your deployments and present an independent comprehensive report and analysis with our findings and recommendations.
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