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CNLabs ISO 17025 Certification a Huge Step to Credibility in SDN, M2M Testing

By Christopher Mohr July 31, 2015

CNLabs recently announced that it received ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (ISO 17025) accreditation. Also known as General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, certification in the standard gives labs credibility as reliable facilities that follow correct procedures when testing.

Formally known as Criterion Network Labs, CNLabs is an independent division of Criterion Networks Pvt Ltd, a company that deals in networking technology, especially SDN. Both CNLabs and Criterion Networks are based in Bangalore, India.

CNLabs is one of only seven labs worldwide to be certified by the Open Network Foundation (ONF) for OpenFlow Conformance Certification. In order to receive ONF certification, a lab must be ISO 17025 compliant within three years of beginning operations. Much of CNLabs’ testing is in the area of SDN, cloud, and M2M technologies.

Perhaps more frequently quoted than episodes of Seinfeld is the Cisco report predicting that the number of Internet-connected devices will reach 50 billion by 2020. This growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) is best described by ONF executive director Dan Pitt as a future with self-driving cars, connected appliances, connected cities, wearable technology, and IoT use in delivering healthcare services.

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These are applications that cry out for standardization. Can you imagine a freeway full of self-driving cars where some use components that are ISO 17025 compliant and others don’t? The potential for miscommunication or network bottlenecks between vehicles could increase and so could the risk of fatalities from collisions. Supporting multiple standards would not be a great option either. In the case of cars, inter-vehicle communication has to be fast and reliable. This means all vehicles need to speak the same language.

Earning ISO 17025 certification is a huge accomplishment for CNLabs. It was critical for being an ONF certified lab and it gives confidence to vendors that their products have been tested by a competent laboratory. These vendors can then go to the marketplace and tell their customers that their products meet standards and have been tested by a credible third party. The customers using these products win because they are not locked into any one vendor. As long as they use interoperable components, their networks should function properly. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

NFVZone Contributing Writer

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