Test Virtualization is critical to meet telecommunications industry needs
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Test Virtualization is critical to allow CSPs, communication service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Orange, etc collaborate with the network equipment manufacturers. Without this virtualization it is tough for these groups to understand the complete network topology in a specific customer situation without having to bring up an entire network just for testing purposes. This is very costly, time consuming and many times impossible given the fact that tests are occurring before some hardware is even available.
Fundamentally virtualization allows groups to do what if scenarios and make sure everything has a much better chance at working before deloying the actual hardware in the end customers network and without disrupting the current users. This is very critical in maintaining up time. Having to much down time will causae end customers to leave the network and choose another provider so this is more that just a hypothetical need and an expense but a business need as well. Please listen to an interesting webcast hosted by the IEEE on this topic to learn more.,