By Tom McBeath and Ted Kenney
The devices underpinning today’s communications networks grow increasingly powerful, in their speed, throughput, features and supported services. That’s great for users - but it presents a significant challenge for manufacturers.
A router may be designed to interact comfortably with 10,000 other devices. Must its producer maintain a test network with all the servers, gateways, switches and other gear needed to reproduce the normal as well as stressful conditions that the device is likely to encounter?