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RMON2 Test Summit Proves Viability of New Technology

Interoperability Testing Brings Together Top RMON2 Vendors To Test for Standards Conformance and Interoperability

CAMPBELL, California (October 14, 1996) -- After three days of intensive conformance and interoperability testing at the RMON2 Test Summit held from September 24 - 26, participating networking hardware and software vendors are well on their way to delivering robust, interoperable RMON2 implementations. The RMON2 Test Summit testing uncovered no major ambiguities or discrepancies in the IETF Draft Remote Network Monitoring 2 Management Information Base (RMON2 MIB). Instead, participants concentrated on making minor corrections to their implementations.

InterWorking Labs and Stardust Technologies sponsored the three-day RMON2 Test Summit, which was held at the facilities of Stardust Technologies. The purpose of the RMON2 Test Summit was to give networking vendors a secure, neutral interoperability testing environment where they could test products and applications for compliance with the emerging RMON2 MIB.

Participating vendors included: 3COM/Axon, Bay Networks, Cisco Systems, Concord Communications, Desktalk Systems, Frontier Software, Hewlett-Packard, International Network Services, Network General, Solcom Systems, and Technically Elite.

"Some of the architectural issues surrounding the Network Layer and Application Layer are difficult to understand, but represent the major innovations of RMON2," said Chris Wellens, CEO, InterWorking Labs. "I am pleased to report that all participants worked on refinements to their implementations, rather than major rewrites. We will be adding more performance testing for the application layer in our future tests."

"The event was very successful," said Steve Waldbusser, author of the RMON and RMON2 documents for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and chief architect of International Network Services. "While every vendor discovered some bugs to fix, most products interoperated very well, proving the viability of the RMON2 standard. I was very pleased to see the commitment by all of the vendors to support the standard and to work towards interoperability."

"We are pleased with the level of interoperability that was demonstrated at the event and with Interworking Labs for providing this type of forum," said Tim Riley, Director, Product Marketing for Bay Networks. "Interoperability testing allows us to speed delivery of fully compliant RMON2 agents which, in addition to working with our own applications, will work with third party applications that have tested for interoperability. Overall, this increases the value of a customer investment in network instrumentation."

"We found the InterWorking Labs test scripts were very helpful in identifying the first round of interoperability glitches," noted Andy Bierman of Cisco Systems, RMON Working Group Chair and co-author of the RMON Protocol Identifiers document for the Internet Engineering Task Force. "I was also gratified to see that the level of shared understanding of RMON-2 among the participant vendors was quite good. This is our third time around with RMON (after RMON-1 and Token-Ring RMON), and the seasoned Working Group members are getting better and better at spotting potential interoperability problems before they materialize. That's what the RMON Summit is all about."

InterWorking Labs specializes in developing Internet standard conformance testing solutions for network hardware and software manufacturers. For example, the company's recently released SNMP Test Suite, Revision 4.0, was developed to verify product compliance with SNMPv2, the recently revised Simple Network Management Protocol community standard, and includes more than 70 new tests for MIB II compliance, as well as a battery of improved tests to check SNMP compliance for proprietary MIBs. InterWorking Labs also offers the RMON Test Suite, which tests products implementing the Remote Monitor Management Information Base (RMON, RFC 1271), the Printer MIB Test Suite, which is intended to test products for compatibility with the IETF's Printer MIB (RFC 1759), and a UPS MIB to test SNMP compatibility in uninterruptible power supplies.

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