• Test Lab Automation

    100% automation can't be achieved without automating the physical layer

    A Layer 1 switch automates physical cabling in the lab

    Test Automation

    • Connect your lab infrastructure to the Layer 1 switch: a "wire-once" scenario.
    • Topologies are created using software command and are activated in milliseconds.
    • Complicated test schemes can be stored and easily recreated.

    • Full wire-speed unicast, multicast and broadcast mapping options further simplify cabling dilemmas.

    • Cable break simulation with programmable start/stop and duration simplify real-life network scenarios.

    Sustain continuous testing operations

    Remote access and test execution

    • Wire-once to gain remote control of the lab's infrastructure
    • Set up and execute tests remotely
    • Supports WFH/low contact environments
    • Equipment is share among a broader user base decreasing CAPEX
    • Maximize lab efficiency and equipment utilization.

    Small-scale deployments

    Small footprint, low cost-of-entry

     

    The 2-slot, ColdFusion chassis has a 4 RU footprint for smaller labs or labs with limited rack space. The small footprint allows the switch to be strategically placed throughout the lab allowing for:

    • Distributed architecture - place smaller chassis where needed throughout the lab.

    • Edge deployment - small form factor suitable for edge applications.

    • Ease of clustering - use the 8-slot chassis as the hub with 2-slot chassis as spokes.

    • Low cost of entry - cost effective for smaller scale labs.

    • Portability - for increased mobility, can be easily moved throughout the lab as needed.

    • Lower power consumption - a key consideration in lab deployment.

    • Quieter fans - reduced lab noise.

    Manual cabling presents many challenges and inhibits automation

    Infrastructure automation

    • Manually set up test topologies are time consuming and prone to error.
    • Manual topology configuration compromises the efficiency of existing automation systems.
    • Remote access to test sets, network simulation equipment, and DUTs is nullified by having to locally configure the physical layer.

    • Simulation of certain network failure conditions and cable breaks are imprecise or impossible.

    Integrate with existing automation systems

    Realize full potential of test automation platforms

    • Support of multiple management interfaces simplifies integration to a variety of systems. 
    • Realize the full potential of your existing automation systems.
    • Used in conjunction with test automation systems, scheduling, reservations, and equipment usage tracking can be implemented.
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