Atrica intros multi-port Carrier Ethernet demarc device

June 14, 2007
JUNE 14, 2007 � The company says the A-1180 is the first Carrier Ethernet demarcation device to enable end-to-end service delivery across third-party networks � as well as Atrica-based networks � with quality of service control for each individual service, backed by management simplicity.

JUNE 14, 2007 � Atrica (search for Atrica) has announced the A-1180 Multi-port Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device. The company says the A-1180 is the first Carrier Ethernet demarcation device to enable end-to-end service delivery across third-party networks � as well as Atrica-based networks � with quality of service (QoS) control for each individual service, backed by management simplicity.

The A-1180 can connect to an Atrica-based metro transport network directly or across any third-party network. This ability enables service providers to smoothly upgrade their service offerings to meet more stringent, end-to-end service-level agreements (SLAs).

The A-1180 has eight 10/100Base-T Ethernet interfaces on the customer network side, each of which provisions an Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC) that corresponds to a service. It has an uplink slot on the service provider network side that supports both Fast Ethernet (FE) and Gigabit Ethernet (GE) uplink modules. The FE and GE uplink modules use pluggable SFP transceivers, using either dual strands or single-strand fiber of various distances. This feature allows service providers to cost effectively connect the A-1180 to fiber local loop.

Owned by service providers and located at the customer premise, the A-1180 is designed to provide a clear demarcation point between the customer and the service provider network. Besides delivering managed services to customers via MEF-UNI with QoS control for each service, the A-1180 has all the necessary carrier-class management and OAM functions that are essential for service providers to monitor network health and performance up to the demarcation point, the company asserts.

"Our mission at AFS is to cost-effectively bring Ethernet to the WAN, and we are achieving that mission by leveraging advanced products such as the Atrica A-1180 in our state-of-the-art infrastructure," said Dave Rusin, founder and CEO of AFS. "With the A-1180 and the other products in the Atrica Carrier Ethernet portfolio, we are providing our customers with scalable, reliable, flexible Ethernet Transport Services with guaranteed end-to-end SLAs and a variety of QoS levels."

Atrica announced that AFS is among its first customers for the A-1180. (See story.)

The A-1180 is designed to support a range of enterprise service offerings, including Ethernet UNI for E-Line and E-LAN services in an Atrica environment, Ethernet UNI for E-Line and E-LAN Services in any existing edge/core network, and Ethernet UNI for E-Line and E-LAN services off-net.

Features and benefits include:


  • Eight 10/100Base-TX Access Ports: In a compact form factor, the A-1180 provides eight access ports that allow service providers to provision as many as eight services or use some of the access ports for other purposes such as connecting the out-of-band management port of other CPEs at the same customer location, allowing network management to be extended to those CPEs.
  • Flexible Deployment and SLA Extensions over Third-Party Networks: The A-1180 uses a modular design for the uplink interface to the provider network. Service providers can choose the uplink module that best fits the last-mile network or migrate from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet last mile. In off-net applications, the A-1180 can be deployed without replacing the service provider's existing network.
  • Per-port Rate Limiting and Priority Queuing for Customized QoS for Each Service: The A-1180 supports configurable QoS such as rate limiting and traffic prioritization for each service. The A-1180 supports CAC and allows service providers to provision CIR/EIR and delay/jitter bound for their SLA.
  • Full Integration with ASPEN: The A-118 is fully managed by ASPEN, Atrica's network management and service provisioning system. Ethernet services can be provisioned in a point-and-click manner with the A-1180 as the endpoint of the services.
  • Easy Remote Trouble Shooting: The A-1180 supports such OAM functions as Link Fault Propagation, Dying Gasp (a.k.a. Last Gasp), Ethernet loopback, standard traps, as well as DDM for monitoring optical performance on the physical layer.

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