Ixia enhances Test Conductor automation tool

NOVEMBER 20, 2007 -- The new release is designed to simplify DUT configuration, offer vendor-agnostic execution, integrate with Mercury Quality Center, and enhance trend reporting.

NOVEMBER 20, 2007 -- Ixia (search for Ixia) has unveiled what it describes as a "major expansion" to its test automation toolset with the release of Test Conductor 1.1. The release is designed to simplify device-under-test (DUT) configuration, offer vendor-agnostic execution, integrate with Mercury Quality Center, and enhance trend reporting.

Test Conductor allows organizations to run QA tests at every step in a product's life cycle � from development to integration to deployment, says Ixia.

"F5 Networks makes sophisticated application delivery devices that become more feature rich each day," said Steve Mitchell, manager, integrated systems test teams at F5 Networks, which provides application delivery networking. "Without test automation, as provided by Ixia's Test Conductor, we would not be able to test the full complement of our devices' functions in all the combinations we require."

Ixia says Test Conductor 1.1 expands its applicability through four major features. The DUT configuration module simplifies device configuration and monitoring, using capture/replay to eliminate the need to write scripts and create a library of reusable configuration procedures. Test Conductor 1.1 offers vendor-agnostic execution, allowing test scripts from any test vendor to integrate smoothly with Ixia-based application tests. Its integration with the Mercury Quality Center eliminates the need to segregate network testing plans from other test plans and provides a tight coupling of general-purpose test management processes and Ixia testing resources. Test Conductor's trend reporting has been enhanced to reduce the time to report and analyze trends during a product's life cycle, the company concludes.

"Test Conductor addresses about 80 percent of our test automation needs out of the box and significantly enhances our in-house automation efforts," added Mitchell. "With Test Conductor, we are able to reduce our regression cycles significantly, with less interaction from our testing experts, shortening testing cycles and enabling us to go to market more quickly."

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