End-to-end testing, evaluation and validation of telecom services
TOP Testing Suite – part of Computaris’ Telecom Orchestration Platform – is a suite of testing tools for end-to-end testing, evaluation and validation of telecom services. Based on Computaris’ comprehensive experience and expertise in the area of testing telecommunication applications, TOP Testing Suite is a robust, cost-effective and straightforward tool for telecom software engineers, which can be applied at all stages of the product development and deployment processes. To help our customers decide whether TOP Testing Suits fits their needs, a trial version of the software can be downloaded for evaluation purposes.
In a Nutshell
TOP Testing Suite is build around JMeter – a Java-based testing framework – containing the core logic for defining, managing and handling test plans. TOP Testing Suite can be used for the generation and analysis of network traffic supporting both functional and performance testing of telecom frameworks. The suite is dressed in a convenient and easy-to-use GUI enabling users to build test plans by choosing from a wide range of predefined and preconfigured test elements. The user can graphically compose messages and validation rules to easily establish any kind of test environment. Test plans can comprise test scenarios varying from very simple to most sophisticate in accordance with the level of complexity of the telecom system under test.
Supporting a Wide Range of Telecom Protocols
TOP Testing Suite comes with various plug-ins featuring testing solutions covering a wide range of telecom protocols including Diameter, CAMEL, CORBA, Web Services, Enhanced SSH/Telnet, and JMS. To suit any specific testing environment, other protocols can be added as required. For each protocol the suite comes with a comprehensive list of predefined messages and data types, such as AVPs in Diameter messages. The intuitive GUI makes modification and addition of new messages and data types a straightforward activity, permitting the testing of any message format, either being standard or vendor-specific. All messages are encoded and decoded based on the scheme as described in the applicable protocol.
Comprehensive and Easy Testing of Any Telecom SUT
The tools of the suite are designed to be both horizontally and vertically scalable to simulate massive data throughputs on commodity hardware for load and stress testing. By featuring multithreading, TOP Testing Suite is able to simultaneously run multiple tasks to scale up with the hardware installed base of any telecom SUT.
Its versatility makes TOP Testing Suite a most effective software solution for predicting system behavior and network performance offering telecom operators and service providers a successful means to verify the stability, robustness and reliability of any telecom system under test.
One Central Orchestrated Testing Solution
Regardless the size and complexity of the telecom system under test, TOP Testing Suite’s smartly designed GUI makes it easy to set up and execute test plans, and consult, interpret and analyze the test results, all from one common and central testing platform. The tools of the suite shift control to the operator orchestrating a unique telecom testing solution.
TOP Testing Suite assists developers, system integrators and network operators with testing telecom frameworks, whilst at the same time requiring no knowledge about Diameter’s – or any of the other supported protocols – inner mechanisms letting the user focus on end-to-end application level scenarios.
Download Trial Software Version
Computaris provides a free and fully functional trial version of TOP Testing Suite giving customers the opportunity to evaluate the product according to their specific needs, test environment and business processes. The trial software allows you to fully experience its GUI, create and execute test plans, online monitor the results and examine the generated data.
With the advent of data services and rollout of IMS networks, Diameter-based applications are becoming more and more widespread. This is no wonder, since the Diameter base protocol is particularly suited for this task highly satisfying requirements regarding the performance, availability and flexibility needed by today’s mobile telecom applications and networks. Flexibility, however, is a double-edged sword; besides the obvious advantages, it also has the potential to turn medium and large scale integration efforts into a nightmare due to the existence of differing implementations of the Diameter standard originating from different forums or vendors, for example RFC 4006 versus the 3GPP Call Control Application, or 3GPP Call Control versus Ericsson’s SCAP.
Computaris recognized this problem early in the research, development and integration stages for next generation telecom services and anticipated with the development of a versatile and interoperable suite of tools dedicated to testing Diameter based applications fully compliant with Diameter base protocol RFC 3588. Besides supporting the Diameter protocol standard, the suite has been extended with a large number of other telecom standard protocols constituting a fully functional telecom testing solution offering the best-in-class features addressing today’s market need for having a single centralized, convenient and global telecom testing solution.
To provide the user with a powerful and flexible orchestration environment Computaris has used JMeter designed and most suited to load test functional behavior by simulating a heavy load on a server, and to measure performance by analyzing overall network traffic under different load types. Based on the latest release of JMeter TOP Testing Suite provides a set of performance testing capabilities including HTTP, FTP, JDBC queries, SOAP, Web Services, TCP, LDAP, JMS, JUnit, and SMTP.