Netrounds is a programmable, active test and service assurance platform for physical, hybrid and virtual networks. Netrounds’ automation capabilities enable communications service providers to reduce manual efforts required for network testing and assurance, significantly decreasing operational costs and improving operating margins, as well as nearly eliminating capital expenditures associated with using traditional hardware test and measurement equipment.

The core component of Netrounds is a unifying multi-tenant Control Center that provides a consolidated GUI for operations staff, as well as a cloud API for external OSS and NFV orchestrators, to remotely control and monitor Netrounds’ active, traffic-generating Test Agents. These software-based Test Agents provide distributed, end-to-end service insights across service activation testing, quality monitoring, and troubleshooting. These insights can either be retrieved by Orchestrators/OSS for full closed-loop automation or viewed in the Control Center for the diagnosis and resolution of end-to-end customer service and network quality issues.

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Netrounds Control Center

The core component of Netrounds is a unifying cloud-based Control Center, which provides a consolidated GUI for operations staff as well as a cloud API allowing external OSS (service) and NFV orchestrators to remotely control Netrounds’ traffic-generating, active Test Agents.

The Control Center is either hosted by Netrounds and offered as a SaaS solution, or deployed traditionally on-premise. In either case, it displays both second-by-second and aggregated real-time results, as well as KPIs and SLA monitoring metrics.

Netrounds Control Center has a wide range of built-in core features that are exposed over either an intuitive Web Portal user interface or a cloud-based API. The Web Portal is used as a designer studio for different test scenarios, and for on-demand initiation of tests, remote troubleshooting, and real-time reconfiguration of service assurance scenarios and thresholds. The API is used by external systems such as OSS service orchestrators to dynamically initiate activation tests and quality monitoring scenarios and to retrieve results.

Netrounds Active Test Agents

Netrounds Test Agents actively generate traffic and analyze detailed, real-time measurements across multiple applications, services and interfaces. Test Agent capabilities (dependent on Test Agent type) include measurement of internet performance (HTTP, Ping, Speedtest) and network performance (RFC6349, Y.1564, TCP, UDP, Y.1731, TWAMP), IPTV and OTT video, VoIP telephony and SIP, mobile radio, and remote packet inspection.

All Test Agents are controlled and updated remotely through Netrounds’ unifying Control Center, which can be hosted by Netrounds or deployed on-premise.

Virtual Test Agent

• For use in virtualized environments as VNF
• Runs as VM on any hypervisor
• Small memory (256MB RAM) and CPU footprint (1 vCPU)

Embedded Test Agent

• Embedded on OpenWRT-based network devices
• Small footprint, about 1 MB

Software Test Agent

• Downloadable ISO image for any standard x86 HW
• Complete appliance with operating system and tools
• Available as live USB without installation

PC Test Agent

• Test Agent installed on standard PC
• Agent application for Linux operating system
• Small footprint, about 1 MB

Preinstalled Test Agent

• Software Test Agent delivered on certified x86 HW
• Either small portable device or rack mounted
• Optical or electrical

Browser Test Agent

• Adobe Flash
• HTML5/Websocket (beta)
• Support for all major browsers

Netrounds Testing Capabilities