Fluke Networks intros Carrier Ethernet analyzer

OCTOBER 2, 2007 -- Fluke Networks has announced the availability of the MetroScope Carrier Ethernet analyzer. The company claims the new portable analysis and troubleshooting tool offers savings of up to 40% for service providers deploying Carrier Ethernet services.

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OCTOBER 2, 2007 -- Fluke Networks (search for Fluke Networks) has announced the availability of the MetroScope Carrier Ethernet analyzer. The company claims the new portable analysis and troubleshooting tool offers savings of up to 40% for service providers deploying Carrier Ethernet services.

MetroScope's cost savings are provided through what Fluke Networks describes as "a unique, low-cost, gigabit Link Reflector" that allows end-to-end RFC 2544, jitter, and bit-error-rate testing without a second MetroScope at the far end of the link.

The LinkReflector enables carriers to perform complete service-level agreement (SLA) testing with full control from one end of the link, the company explains. This offers carriers several testing alternatives. Carriers can deploy multiple far-end devices on complex networks for a fraction of the cost of existing approaches, Fluke Networks says. They can leave reflectors at customer sites or points-of-presence (POPs), ready for testing when needed. Alternatively, carriers can use the MetroScope as a centralized tester, deploying technicians with LinkReflectors. In addition to working with the MetroScope to qualify links, the LinkReflector offers troubleshooting functionality for Ethernet links. All of these testing alternatives offer improved test results while reducing costs, Fluke Networks concludes.

MetroScope also is designed to enable carriers to define custom tests to demonstrate compliance with SLAs associated with new, differentiated service offerings. MetroScope also conforms with testing standards, including RFC 2544.

Fluke Networks says the MetroScope can easily be carried in one hand, but it is also designed with web-based remote control. Used remotely, a technician at the customer site can consult with remote experts within the organization and resolve complex problems. This not only saves money by putting expert knowledge closer to the source of the problem with less travel cost, but solves the customer's problem faster, the manufacturer adds.

The new MetroScope Service Provider Assistant is available for immediate delivery from Fluke Networks carrier sales channels worldwide.

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