Agilent unveils Ethernet OAM test software for N2X

OCTOBER 8, 2007 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. the availability of what it calls the first single-platform approach for protocol emulation and conformance testing of Ethernet OAM.

OCTOBER 8, 2007 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (search for Agilent) the availability of what it calls the first single-platform approach for protocol emulation and conformance testing of Ethernet operations, administration, and maintenance (E-OAM).

Agilent says that network equipment manufacturers and service providers can use its N2X multiservices test set to ensure their Carrier Ethernet devices meet E-OAM performance and scalability requirements, conform to new international standards, and interoperate in very large multi-vendor networks. As a single platform tool, N2X more rapidly and cost-effectively enables the deployment of reliable voice, video, and data services over an Ethernet infrastructure, the manufacturer asserts.

Defined in IEEE 802.1ag and ITU-T Y.1731, E-OAM provides end-to-end Carrier Ethernet diagnostic capabilities that allow service providers to rapidly detect and locate faults, ensuring the reliable delivery of delay-sensitive triple-play services.

"Lack of end-to-end OAM for Ethernet was one of the final barriers to the wide-scale adoption of Carrier Ethernet," said Rod Unverrich, business manager of Agilent's Data Networks Operation. "Our new E-OAM products enable our customers to comprehensively test emerging Ethernet infrastructure technologies as well as the application services, such as IPTV, that operate over them."

The new Agilent N2X N5581A and N5585A emulations are designed to test a Carrier Ethernet device's protocol implementation against many thousands of similar emulated devices, enabling Connectivity Fault Management (CFM) scalability characterization in carrier-scale networks without a costly testbed of thousands of real devices. The emulation software is complemented by the N2X N5718A CFM conformance test suite, which validates device compliance to IEEE 802.1ag, draft 8. Conformance testing is a prerequisite for regression testing of each software release.

The Agilent N2X multiservices test solution is available at a starting price of $28,000.

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