Industry first, independent evaluation shows that the benefits of service provider virtualization are real, and available today

BARCELONA, Spain, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Light Reading today published the results of an industry-first validation of the virtualization and cloud solutions from Cisco Systems. The independent test was conducted by leading test company EANTC, and paid for by Light Reading, to ensure impartial and authoritative results. 

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The report is available on the Light Reading site:

Light Reading’s evaluation is immensely significant because service provider virtualization is by far the most talked about technology in the history of communications. And, to date, public validations of network-based virtualization in action have been non-existent.

"This is not only the first independent evaluation of a vendor’s service provider SDN virtualization solution, but that vendor also happens to be Cisco Systems, the largest communication solution provider in the world," said Steve Saunders, Founder and CEO of Light Reading.  "Our test showed that the revolutionary benefits that have been claimed for virtualization are real, and that Cisco is ‘all in’ on this technology."

"In the new universe of software-defined networks, vendors no longer differentiate by scale and device features.  Those who enable service providers to master new service life-cycle paradigms will thrive in the future," said Carsten Rossenhoevel, Managing Director of EANTC. "In this first independent deep-dive validation of Cisco’s NFV architecture, we validated leap-frog design tools, automated deployment, and hands-off operations. Our evaluation confirmed an astonishingly complete, deployment-ready CloudVPN solution and a range of remarkable, innovative concepts ready to assist in the telecom industry’s NFV revolution."

This is just the beginning of Light Reading’s virtualization test program with EANTC in 2015. It is already scheduled to perform further testing of Cisco’s equipment, as well as interoperability testing with Cisco and other vendors, and real world testing across actual live service provider networks.    

Light Reading has a long track record of running unique industry tests. In 2000 it was a performance ‘bake-off’ between the terabit routers from Cisco and Juniper that put Light Reading on the map for the first time.

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About Light Reading
Light Reading ( helps the global communications industry make informed decisions. The site is the definitive source for next-generation communications analysis for more than 450,000 users each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading also produces live events for executives charged with monetizing cable, New IP, optical, Ethernet, mobile, gigabit cities, security, virtualization, components, communications drones, next-gen analytics, Internet of Things, and wireline networks.

EANTC (European Advanced Networking Test Center) is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading independent test centers for telecommunication technologies. Based in Berlin, Germany, the company offers vendor-neutral consultancy and realistic, reproducible high-quality testing services since 1991.  Customers include leading network equipment manufacturers, Tier 1 service providers, large enterprises and governments worldwide.  EANTC’s proof of concept, acceptance tests and network audits cover established and next-generation fixed and mobile network technologies.

CONTACT: Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, +44(0)1372 800 585,