Why is PASS Methodology so Important in DCN Testing?

PASS ImageThe PASS Methodology Testing*–PASS is the industry’s first holistic test methodology to validate the performance, availability, security and scalability (PASS) of data center networks.

To provide a standard way of measuring and evaluating a device under test (DUT) or a system under test (SUT), a series of benchmarks were created to establish a uniform procedure for traffic generation to and from the DUT/SUT with a normalized procedure of analysis and reporting. The goal of these benchmarks is to generate metrics in a reproducible and unbiased fashion for comparability.

Developed by Spirent, the PASS methodology includes:

  • Performance: Optimize data center services and infrastructure to maximize user experience
  • Availability: Ensure network uptime, high availability in daily operation and under extreme conditions
  • Security: Eliminate vulnerabilities and exposure to attacks with assurance of segregated traffic
  • Scalability: Validate the maximum number of simultaneous users successfully supported, including bandwidth, scale and more

In our next blog, we’ll look at why Network Failure Threshold Testing is a critical best practice in new DCN initiatives.

*To learn more about PASS Methodology search the keyword ‘PASS’.

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