Network Computing Magazine held their annual awards dinner on Thursday 2 May at The Radisson Blu Edwardian in Bloomsbury, London and we are pleased to announce that together with our customer, the UK MOD’s Land Systems Reference Centre, iTrinegy won the Network project of the year - Public Sector.
The judges awarded iTrinegy and LSRC the prize for the project which involves providing realistic virtual test networks in which to verify application and systems behaviour prior to deployment over the UK MOD Defence Network.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC) is a purpose-built test facility that entered service in 2000. It provides the MOD’s through-life ‘System of Systems’ Test & Reference service through an appropriate test, integration and transition capability that assures release packages for introduction onto the Defence Network and in support of operations and exercises. The LSRC has the capability to test applications and application upgrades on reference systems to assess their impact on other applications and the network as well as the network’s impact on the application. LSRC testing is integral to the Defence ICT service release and assurance process prior to the Release & Deployment of new or updated infrastructure, hardware and application software, and the assessment of how these capabilities perform and behave on a representation of the full operational environment.
LSRC uses iTrinegy’s Software-Defined Virtual Test Networks as an integral part of this test and reference facility to ensure the resilience of military communication and information systems throughout their lifecycle, by providing a synthetic version of the required network in which to conduct these test. They can be configured to operate as a simple point-to-point links or to reflect more complex networks with multiple nodes and multiple paths. Applications can be routed through them and degraded based on a variety of parameters, as required, to accurately reflect different scenarios/theatres. By utilising iTrinegy network emulators in this way, LSRC is able to identify, early in the testing process, those applications or systems that are deficient and requiring further reengineering or modification rather than discovering such issues during in the latter and frequently more expensive field trail stages.
(Pictured left to right; Mick Holloway, (Integrity Assurance Manager, LSRC), Ray Smyth (Editor of Network Computing), Graham Wood (Director, iTrinegy), Jan Seymour (Operations Manager, LSRC) and Peter White (Director, iTrinegy).