Omnitron releases Ethernet demarcation device with full service OAM

OCTOBER 23, 2009 -- The iConverter GM3 NID provides carrier-grade, MEF 9, 14, and 21 certified compliant demarcation for Carrier Ethernet business services, and complies with the latest Carrier Ethernet service OAM standards.

OCTOBER 23, 2009 -- Omnitron Systems Technology, a provider of fiber-optic demarcation and access products for Carrier Ethernet networks, business, and mobile backhaul applications, has made available its newest iConverter GM3 network interface device (NID) demarcation product.

The iConverter GM3 NID provides carrier-grade, MEF 9, 14, and 21 certified compliant demarcation for Carrier Ethernet business services, and complies with the latest Carrier Ethernet service operations, administration, and maintenance (OAM) standards. Service OAM enables end-to-end fault management and performance monitoring for on-net and off-net business services or mobile backhaul Ethernet services. The IEEE 802.1ag Service OAM protocol provides Connectivity Fault Management (CFM) for rapid fault detection and isolation; the ITU-T Y.1731 protocol ensures service-level agreement (SLA) compliance by enabling end-to-end performance monitoring and statistic reporting. IEEE 802.3ah Link OAM protocol adds proactive monitoring of both the network provider's first-mile fiber access link and customer's connection to the NID for failures or quality deterioration.

"These service OAM features ensure reliable services with the efficient detection and rapid isolation of potential service problems while reducing operational costs (opex) of maintaining the network," says Doug Baar, Omnitron's vice president of engineering. "These capabilities become even more important to a service provider when transporting Ethernet virtualcircuits out of franchise across several operator networks. The complexities of fault detection and performance monitoring over multiple networks are simplified with service OAM tools that monitor the entire circuit from one customer demarcation point to the other."

The GM3 also enables E-Line and E-LAN service multiplexing and provisioning with MEF-certified user-to-network interface (UNI) functions such as class-of-service (CoS) prioritization, granular rate limiting, and 802.1ad Provider Bridge VLAN stacking. These service provisioning features allow the provider to offer tiered services according to SLAs based on data rate, CoS prioritization, and service differentiation.

The NID is available in a variety of two- or three-port configurations, supporting Fast Ethernet or Gigabit fiber and 10/100/1000 UTP. The three-port model can be used for redundant fiber uplinks or multiple customer-facing UTP interfaces. The standalone GM3 is available as a DC-powered tabletop or wall-mounted unit with an external AC/DC power adapter or a terminal connector.

The NID provides integrated Telnet and SNMPv3 management that can be accessed using Omnitron's NetOutlook network management software, or third-party SNMP management software. NetOutlook provides configuration, monitoring, and fault notification tools.

The GM3 is covered by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support with no service contract fees.


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