iLabs teams dig deep on SIP interoperability, secure access and open source integration

iLabs teams dig deep on SIP interoperability, secure access and open source integration

iLabs Like they've done for more than 15 years now, dozens of engineers from all walks of network life last month gathered in a dank warehouse in Belmont, Calif., for what they refer to as "summer camp for geeks."

As part of the 2005 Interop InteropNet Labs (iLabs), these engineers tested the interoperability of hundreds of commercial and open source products. This testing culminates this week in a series of public demonstrations at Interop. But the testing process itself provides a window into how these products adhere to standard protocols and the hoops you might need to jump through to get them working on your own network.

As the media sponsor of iLabs, Network World gets exclusive access to the testing results from the iLabs hot stage event that took place in early April. The three focal points of this year's iLabs endeavors that we outline in our coverage are:

Interoperability of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based VoIP wares

Advanced SIP interoperability is slow in the making

A team of 20 iLabs engineers spent eight days running more than 1,100 SIP interoperability tests, and the conclusion is that having multi-vendor VoIP devices work together is by no means a given.

Secure wired and wireless LAN access based on a wide array of security protocols

In search of safe network access

The iLabs Full Spectrum Security Initiative investigated two basic questions: How do you allow users to legitimately gain access to the network? And how do you make sure they continue to practice safe networking once they get there?

Open source operating systems and applications integration with current Windows environments.

iLabs Open Source Software teams tackles cross-authentication

Tips and tricks on getting Linux and Windows machines from different networks to talk securely.

We've placed Network World Lab Alliance partners Joel Snyder on the SIP team and Rodney Thayer on the Full Spectrum Security team to provide a closer look at the state of those two technology areas.

Additionally, Network World Executive Editor of Testing Christine Burns worked with the open source team to publish their initial findings:

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