April 6, 2006 San Jose, CA -- Calient Networks, a provider of carrier-class all-optical switching systems and software, has signed a reseller agreement for the North American market with EdenTree Technologies, a provider of lab management and test automation platforms for network equipment manufacturers and service providers. Under the agreement, EdenTree will sell Calient's DiamondWave Automated Fiber Management (AFM) test lab automation platform to North American labs operated by equipment manufacturers, service providers, and enterprises.Â
According to the companies, deployments to date have proved that when the combination of Calient's AFM managed by the EdenTree Lab Manager software is introduced into a lab, equipment can be more efficiently used, testing simplified, and even the largest of configurations provisioned in minutes. EdenTree says its customers are experiencing operational and capital cost constraints as they develop and deploy IP-centric network equipment; together, Calient and EdenTree say they bring "dramatic productivity improvement" to interoperability, product test, verification, and customer support labs.
"Calient's all-optical switching technology is the most cost effective all-optical switch on the market. It has a proven record in commercial networks worldwide. This gives us a high quality base on which to supply a software-controlled lab automation infrastructure designed for today's dynamic and demanding network lab environments," comments Jay Oyakawa, CEO and president of EdenTree. "Calient's AFM allows us to offer our customers a scalable solution for automating optical connections in labs of any size."Â
The companies says that, rather than spending hours or days to set up and configure tests, with their combined products, lab personnel are able to instantly create test configurations with "a few clicks of a mouse," allowing them to spend their time on value-added activities.
"As fiber management in optical labs becomes increasingly complex and bandwidth increases to 1 Gbit/s and beyond, the partnership between Calient and EdenTree is a natural for lab applications," maintains Charles Corbalis, president and CEO of Calient. "EdenTree's user-friendly graphical user interface, combined with Calient's optical switching efficiency, makes lab automation beneficial and easy to implement. EdenTree Lab Manager software is recognized for its ease of use and for the productivity improvements it delivers in labs and test beds."Â
Managing reconfigurations of the physical connections between equipment in networks and labs, Edentree says its system allows users to design and apply configurations remotely; to recall, share, and schedule those configurations; and to track the usage of lab resources, all from an intuitive graphical user interface or popular scripting languages.Â