Keysight moves Open RAN architect tests to the cloud

To accelerate deployment and increase flexibility, the Keysight Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN or O-RAN) Architect test suite, or KORA, is moving to cloud-based deployment. 

The KORA suite verifies the functionality and performance of an end-to-end O-RAN wireless infrastructure. A component of KORA is Keysight’s LoadCore 5G core (5GC) testing software. This is now available as a metered, pay as you go model in AWS Marketplace. This will allow users to scale costs with usage, explained the company.

AWS Marketplace is a digital catalogue that enables customers to find, buy, deploy and manage third-party software, data and services to business solutions and run businesses on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The LoadCore software enables customers to perform network capacity tests, measure device data throughput and model a variety of end user behaviours and mobility scenarios. LoadCore is scalable and can verify that delivered connectivity service remains stable under various demanding conditions such as sudden spikes in network usage caused by disasters or other major events.

“As a cloud-based pay-as-you-go offering, users can purchase and provision KORA test solutions immediately to fit their testing needs,” said Kalyan Sundhar, vice president and general manager of 5G edge to core solutions at Keysight. “This is an exciting new delivery model that offers customers the flexibility and scalability to use Keysight’s test solutions in the environment they want, in the cloud,” he said.

The cloud-based deployment offers customers on-demand scalability to meet changing requirements with a wide range of configurations for different test environments, confirmed Keysight. There is an annual subscription option for customers with high usage of LoadCore for an extended period. LoadCore 5GC testing software with a flexible pay as you go business model will be available to enterprise customers looking to verify their private 5G networks, start ups that need flexibility with specific testing requirements, customers with shorter duration project needs, such as test houses and organisations that want to purchase and test solutions primarily on the cloud.

Keysight Technologies delivers design and validation products that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world with software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimisation and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defence, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets.

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