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Kontron partners with EXFO for SYMLAB 2.0

Service providers and enterprises to leverage Kontron remote software test environment with assistance from EXFO's virtual probe solution

Montreal, CANADA, February 21st, 2018 – Kontron, a global provider of open source cloud and integrated infrastructure platforms, today announced it has revamped its remote SYMLAB test and benchmarking environment, now hosted in a state-of-the-art colo facility.

The SYMLAB 2.0 mandate is to enable software vendors from the cloud, video and telecom space to remotely and safely run their solutions on Kontron SYMKLOUD hardware or across its turnkey OpenStack or Kubernetes clusters. Kontron has chosen to work with EXFO as the exclusive partner to supply active service assurance testing for third-party virtualized network functions (VNFs) for NFV and SDN deployments.

A key component is the EXFO Virtual Verifier (vVerifier) probe solution, a VNF that supports a comprehensive suite of more than 150 active tests. The vVerifier can be automatically deployed or instantiated throughout the network as part of the service chain to perform activation and validation as well as real-time end-to-end performance and SLA monitoring. This provides the NOC /SOC with a real-time view across all layers.

EXFO active tests address a wide array of network transport protocols and IP services, including carrier Ethernet, IP, VoIP, video, VPN, and wireless and web-based applications. They also include a variety of performance tests, delivering business-critical insights on network and service performance.

Kontron SYMLAB is set up with SYMKLOUD hardware including the MS2900 Series of converged hardware featuring 1G, 10G or 100G integrated switching fabric across nine module IA nodes. Any service provider or private cloud builder can gain access to the SYMKLOUD turnkey OpenStack and Kubernetes Container environments to test for various central office and edge related service use cases.

“SYMLAB is extremely practical to help accelerate the validation process of infrastructure apps across different types of our hardware, before making any decisions to buy and ship to a customer lab,” said Benoit Robert, VP Strategy and Marketing, Kontron. “We are very pleased to collaborate with EXFO to insert a critical piece of the testing process.”

“Kontron is a longstanding partner and we are happy to selected as their exclusive active test provider for active service assurance testing.... ,” said Claudio Mazzuca, VP Systems & Analytics, EXFO. “We were able to seamlessly integrate our vVerifier probe solution in the Kontron SYMLAB and easily achieve line rate performance without additional dedicated hardware. We believe the joint solution will be a key component for service providers to further automate their testing and assurance processes.”

EXFO will showcase its vVerifier VNF at the Kontron booth during Mobile World Congress. The company will be available to further discuss their participation with SYMLAB.

Kontron at Mobile World Congress 2018:
February 26 – March 1, 2017 | Barcelona, Spain
Hall 5 | Stand 5H41

Schedule a private meeting and/or save a seat for any of the SYMKLOUD Theatre Sessions,

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About Kontron in Communications

Kontron designs hardware for the software defined world. Service providers and enterprise clients around the globe collaborate with Kontron and its ISV and channel partners to deploy new services with greater speed, confidence and operational efficiency. Our portfolio is a best-of-breed of OEM hardware and SYMKLOUD Open Infrastructure Platforms dedicated to the deployment of virtual services using software defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). For more information, please visit or

About Kontron – An S&T Company

Kontron is a global leader in IoT/embedded computing technology (ECT). As a part of technology group S&T, Kontron offers a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. With its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly reliable state-of-the-art embedded technologies, Kontron provides secure and innovative applications for a variety of industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best fully integrated applications overall.

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About EXFO

EXFO develops smarter network test, monitoring and analytics solutions for the world's leading communications service providers, network equipment manufacturers and webscale companies. Since 1985, we've worked side by side with our customers in the lab, field, data center, boardroom and beyond to pioneer essential technology and methods for each phase of the network lifecycle. Our portfolio of test orchestration and real-time 3D analytics solutions turn complex into simple and deliver business-critical insights from the network, service and subscriber dimensions. Most importantly, we help our customers flourish in a rapidly transforming industry where "good enough" testing, monitoring and analytics just aren't good enough anymore—they never were for us, anyway. For more information, visit and follow us on the EXFO Blog.


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