Interoperability Verification Testing
(IVT) offered under the program is designed to allow developers to demonstrate the interoperability of their products (application software and/or hardware) with Cisco technologies. View this diagram to understand the IVT process.
IVT varies by technology. To learn more about IVT for a particular technology, please refer to the respective Developer Center.
Connected Grid Partners and Developers must apply for Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) for relevant technology sub-categories (e.g. IP-enabled Grid Devices, Field Area Networks, Transmissions and substation, etc) after accepting the CDN Agreement at the CDN Portal.
The Connected Grid (CG) category utilizes either Self-test method, or remote access to an IVT Lab for validating interoperability. CDN partners will develop integration, interoperability with CG using XML-Connected Grid Endpoint SDK.
Partners/Developers are required to provide a Test Plan or SOW for validation and to begin the IVT Process. The Partner Manager will review the plan and assist in provisioning and scheduling an environment in the CG IVT Lab for remote testing. For partners who are Self-Testing, a Test Plan is also required.
Testing is required for Preferred and Solution Developer level Tiers. Registered Developers may optionally test to receive a Compatibility logo. See technology center details for program specific criteria and re-testing requirements
- Test Plan Templates (coming soon)
- Lab Architectures (available to registered partners)
- Test Methodology (see below)
Test methodology for the Connected Grid technology IVT depends on the technology category in question. For example, the IP-enabled Grid Devices technology requires the following steps: Phase 1: The partner will purchase the SDK Starter Kit using the CDN developer's discount. The Starter kit consists of a Connected Grid Router (CGR) and a management server on a UCS rack server. Using the starter kit and the SDK, the partner will develop and bench test their implementation of the Connected Gird Endpoint. Result of the bench test will submitted to Cisco as a prerequisite to the IVT.
Phase 2: The partner will connect to the CG IVT lab using their starter kit CGR and Cisco will execute a predefined test plan. If the tests pass, the IVT will be determined to be successful and partner endpoints considered "Cisco Compatible"
There are currently no fees associated with IVT Testing.
Testing participation requires a CDN membership, a registered product and a IVT Request. Test requests are submitted via the Developer Dashboard (link), under the Registered Products Tab. Select "Actions" and "Add New IVT" next to the product to be submitted for IVT. Detailed steps can be found in section 5.5 of Partner Application Instructions under "Additional Resources" at: http://developer.cisco.com/web/partner/join