EXFO Inc. announced Monday the launch of EXFO Connect, a suite of cloud-based software applications designed to interoperate with EXFO's smart test platforms. EXFO Connect is intended to help network operators deal with the increasing complexity of network deployments and maintenance, while facing the growing pressure to accelerate and reduce the cost of such deployments.
"Network operator executives and managers worldwide have come to EXFO to help solve their most critical issue—increasing network capacity to meet explosive bandwidth demands while reducing operating expenses, eliminating unnecessary truck rolls and minimizing training time," said Germain Lamonde, EXFO's Chairman, President and CEO.
Designed around the specific needs of installation and maintenance teams who are looking to significantly reduce the operational costs of managing their test equipment, as well as to maximize the value of their test results, EXFO Connect initially offers two core applications.
The first application, Test Equipment Manager, addresses challenges that network operators face as they need to manage on a daily basis large pools of test equipment in the field. Test Equipment Manager provides EXFO smart test platforms with automatic software upgrades, instrument maintenance, distribution of test configurations, accurate asset inventory and more, to ensure process compliance and that all configurations are up-to-date and consistent throughout the entire equipment pool.
The second application, Test Data Manager, allows customers to take advantage of the investment they made in generating test data by providing an automated, secure and centralized environment to view or generate reports on historical test data quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, delivered as a cloud-based software service, EXFO Connect eliminates the need for local server installation or maintenance.
Lamonde said, "Our response has been two-fold. First, to bring an ecosystem of smart, Windows-based, modular test platforms (FTB-1, FTB-200 and FTB-500) that evolve with future operators' needs by running generic or specific software applications. Second, to connect these smart platforms together through the revolutionary EXFO Connect solution to address a number of specific productivity issues, automation requirements, remote test applications and customer support issues."
"The end-result is that through EXFO Connect, EXFO is transforming simple test boxes into an integrated series of solutions that help network operators increase operating efficiency and reduce operating expenses by delivering automation and intelligence to the test and measurement components of their operations," Lamonde said.
A video about EXFO Connect  is available on the company's website.