There are tests and then there are TESTs. The common variety ones are mundane such as the dreaded math pop quiz or perhaps passing the smog test on your car. Required but not terribly important and certainly not something to look forward to. TESTs tend to be life-changing, profound and often seminal, portending greater things to come. Getting a driver’s license as a 16-year-old is an example, as it’s an important rite of passage toward adulthood. Passing the bar is another, as it could be a gateway to fame and fortune if you happen to practice the right kind of law.
Recently, Avi Networks successfully passed a test that I’d classify as an all-cap variety. The organizers of the test, the Open Networking User Group (ONUG), called it “groundbreaking” as the “completion of the tests signals the first time commercial open networking solutions have been tested against requirements outlined by the ONUG working groups”. There were actually three different tests that ONUG held, namely virtual networks/overlays, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), and network services virtualization (NSV). We participated in the NSV test along with Avni Networks, NEC and Versa Networks who all had to put our respective solutions against a set of 10 grueling requirements successfully in order to merit a passing grade. I’m happy to report that Avi and our solution nailed them all.