Episode 9 – Testlab Environments

We returned to record our ninth episode on Sunday July 24, 2016.

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Roundtable Discussion – Testlab

Why should we test something before we deploy it in the live production environment?

The difference between what is in the datasheet and the real world deployment.

Feature Testing / Configuration Testing

  • Is it working in general?
  • Comparison between different features / functions that provide the same service e.g.
  • Routing protocols OSPF, ISIS, BGP, EIGRP
  • Is it working with the new software
  • Is it stable
  • Failover tests /convergence times
  • Interoperability Tests
  • different features
  • vendors
  • device types like e.g. Firewall, Router, Server

Virtual Solutions

  • GNS3
  • Cisco VIRL
  • Juniper vSRX
  • A10 vThunder
  • Citrix vNetscaler
  • Cumulus VX

Performance Testing

  • Never trust the datasheets
  • Packet genrators:
    • iPerf / jperf
    • Spierent
    • IXIA Chariot

Monitor your testlab

  • Perfsonar
  • Check_MK
  • Netflow / Flow exporter

What tools are you using?

Jason Edelmann Networktocode On Demand Network Labs

Cisco Nexus, Cisco IOS, Cisco IOS-XR, Arista, OpenDaylight, Citrix VPX, Cumulus, Juniper vMX, Juniper vSRX

PacketLife.Net Community Lab by Jeremy Stretch. Jeremy closed the lab a few years back but it was a great resource for those that didn’t have access to the gear to test their metal and skills.

If you have any questions, thoughts, or feedback please leave a comment below.

Cheers!

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