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Cisco Crosswork Qualification Environment Data Sheet

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Updated:January 13, 2020

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Cisco Crosswork Qualification Environment (CQE) can help improve your network qualification timeframes by using automated performance tests and predefined templates to lower your validation costs through increased configuration accuracy, performance testing, and custom designs.

Product overview

Crosswork Qualification Environment (CQE) is a customizable, cross-platform test automation solution built to enable faster network deployment for service providers. CQE is available for all Cisco® service provider routing solutions that run the IOS® XR operating system. The solution includes both predefined automation packages as well as a flexible development kit that allows customers to build their own custom network test automation cases using the ROBOT framework. CQE is deployed in the cloud and hence can be easily accessed from anywhere in the world. CQE drastically reduces release/HW qualification timelines from several months to a few hours. It provides an easy-to-use web interface with centralized control to run test cases and visualize network insights powered by machine learning with the click of a button. Here is the user workflow for CQE:

1.     Select the desired network validation platform.

2.     Select the network application and features used for deployment or simply upload the router config to CQE.

3.     CQE automatically builds a CD pipeline for the selected deployment. Start the pipeline and get the deployment score in a few hours!

Features and benefits



Automation packages

Enables faster network deployment and reduced time-to-market by leveraging automated test suites on current and next-gen platforms.

CQE qualification kit

Enables customers to build their own test cases with CQE’s powerful Python automation framework. The CQE kit is built to handle the entire test automation lifecycle, with libraries for device connection, traffic generator handling, features, logging, reporting, and more.

ROBOT framework integration

Enables customers to use the ROBOT framework and build automation scripts with simple English-like keywords.

Robust, AI-based test automation solution



Smart build

Allows customers to upload their device config, measure test case coverage to validate the configuration, and measure progress.

Smart debug

Stimulates faster failure analysis of Automation Package runs, provides insights into all device events, and identifies potential fixes for failed test cases.


Enables customers to use predefined playbooks containing test cases for different network topologies as well as new hardware platforms and technologies.

Platform support information

Platforms supported

CQE version

Cisco ASR 9000


Cisco NCS 5500


Cisco NCS 540


Cisco IOS XRv9000


Cisco NCS 560


Cisco 8000


System requirements


PXE-based execution server

Cores for execution server

Min: 16 cores across all servers; recommended: 32 cores

Memory for execution server

Min: 64G; recommended: 128G

Disk space for execution server

Min: 192G; recommended: 512G

Minimum per server (multiserver environment only)

4 cores, 16G, 50G

Recommended OS for execution server

CentOS 7.5

Ordering information

Part #

Product description


Cisco Crosswork Qualification Environment Base ATO


Cisco Crosswork Qualification Environment Base License


Cisco Crosswork Qualification Environment Essentials License


Cisco Crosswork Qualification Environment Advance License


Cisco Crosswork Qualification Environment Premium License


CQE Product Entitlement - IOS XRv9000


CQE Product Entitlement - NCS5500


CQE Product Entitlement - ASR 9000


CQE Product Entitlement - NCS 500


CQE Product Entitlement - Other

Cisco and Partner Services

Cisco offers a wide range of services to help accelerate your success in connecting to Cisco Crosswork. The innovative Cisco Services offerings are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners, and are focused on helping you increase operational efficiency and improve your network control. Cisco Advanced Services use an architecture-led approach to help you align your network infrastructure with your business goals and achieve long-term value. Cisco Crosswork products can be combined with the Cisco SMARTnet service to help you resolve mission-critical problems with direct access at any time to Cisco network experts and award-winning resources. Spanning the entire network lifecycle, Cisco Services offerings help increase investment protection, optimize network operations, support migration operations, and strengthen your IT expertise. For more information, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/services.

Cisco environmental sustainability

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Sustainability topic


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Call to action

Begin your network transformation today

At Cisco, we endeavor to innovate the communication network platforms so that service providers can build personalized networks to help users share in a global community. Using automation to improve certification, testing, and network management can help you proactively manage your network end-to-end. Now you can plan, test, implement, operate, and optimize the network more quickly to provide excellent customer experiences.

Speak to your Cisco sales representative to learn more about Cisco Crosswork Qualification Environment or to schedule a demonstration.

For more information on the Cisco automation tools available, visit the Crosswork suite page.

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