The TeraVM ‘Lab-as-a-Service’ solution offers a flexible model to develop and test new virtualised networks
STEVENAGE, UK - Cobham Wireless has today launched TeraVM LaaS
(Lab-as-a-Service) for core network testing. The solution is
designed to support mobile operator networks as they shift towards
virtualised, NFV (Network Function Virtualisation) infrastructures.
The Lab-as-a-Service model for validating network performance
enables the automation of network deployment and validation in a
scalable, cost-effective manner.
The introduction of LTE-Advanced and 5G requires mobile
operators to invest in virtual core network technology, in order to
operate with dynamic flexibility and reduced cost. TeraVM LaaS
provides a comprehensive validation platform for the virtual
evolved packet core (vEPC), offering an automation framework, that
integrates with any orchestration (MANO) platform for both EPC
network functions and test elements simultaneously."
TeraVM LaaS offers a complete end-to-end testing solution from
RAN to core when used with Cobham Wireless' TM500, which stress
tests the impact of RAN traffic on the core network.
Partnering with ng4T, TeraVM LaaS can emulate thousands of base
stations and millions of mobile subscribers in a single virtual
machine. Carsten Fuchs, COO at ng4T commented, "Combining TeraVM's
high performance application traffic generator with the NG40 multi
vRAN control plane load generator enables service providers to
scale within a data centre, emulating hundreds of gigabits per
second of real world data traffic, and millions of connections, at
the same time. This offers a game-changing solution for
virtual core network validation."
TeraVM LaaS can be deployed as a virtual network function (VNF)
due to the addition of its software defined lab (SDL)
functionality, via Luxoft's NFV automation and testing framework.
"Cobham Wireless' partnership with Luxoft allows for simplification
and automation of a full end-to-end test environment. This includes
the creation of test beds, automation of the start-up, teardown and
configuration of test topologies, configuration of physical and
virtual networks and easy access and sharing of VNFs," said
Luxoft's Product Manager, James Hopson.
"Previously it would have taken one to two weeks to set up a
complete RAN to core test lab. Now the unique SDL configuration
that TeraVM LaaS offers means a single user can perform the set-up
and testing of two vEPC test deployment configurations in less than
Robert Winters, Global Director at Cobham Wireless said,
"Virtual environments are more dynamic and flexible than their
hardware-oriented predecessors. However, these new environments
require careful benchmarking and validation, supported by an
overarching requirement for security. VNF vendors have become more
reluctant to provide benchmark figures due to the almost infinite
configurability of underlying resources in a mobile service cloud.
Adding containers and virtual network functions on x86 servers in
the mobile network infrastructure introduces another abstraction
layer adding to the challenge of performance validation.
"Cobham Wireless' TeraVM LaaS can verify conformance for a wide
range of new virtual, ETSI-NFV enhancements, in preparation for 5G.
This includes being able to test new services, software upgrades,
power outage and failover scenarios, capacity planning upgrades,
new vendor integration, edge computing and network slicing. Service
providers can ensure improved operational efficiency and security
from the RAN and Edge, through to the core network," Winters
Cobham Wireless' TeraVM Lab-as-a-Service solution will be
showcased with Cisco's vEPC at Cisco Live in Las Vegas,
25th - 29th June.
About Cobham Wireless
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coverage and mobile communications systems, producing innovative,
cost-effective solutions that address market requirements for
improved connectivity, greater capacity and better quality of
Our intelligent digital Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), along
with our advanced network validation tools for mobile and IP
networks, will help propel your network to the next generation.
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