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April 16, 2008

Accedian Networks Intros New Line of Metro Ethernet Demarcation Units

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

 

Accedian Networks (News - Alert), a provider of packet performance assurance solutions for telecom, cable and wireless operators, has introduced its MetroNID series of intelligent demarcation units.
 
Designed to monitor Ethernet and IP-based services within metro access and wireless backhaul networks, the MetroNID product line complements company’s EtherNID series of demarcation units.
 
Accedian Networks said its EtherNID demarcation units are deployed by service providers at customer premises and cell sites to enable end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for packet-based services.
 
Offering “enhanced packet processing and statistics collection capabilities,” the new MetroNID series enable service providers to segment, bridge and assure multi-technology, multi-provider networks.
 
In addition, this new series establishes standards-based operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) visibility at mobile hubs, aggregation nodes and inter-carrier hand-off points.
 
MetroNID units, according to company officials, feature fully-automated RFC-2544 Test Suite designed for in-service SLA performance verification. 
 
Accedian MetroNID and EtherNID
Accedian officials explained that using a patent-pending algorithm, in-service RFC-2544 testing allows service providers to measure and report the throughput, delay, frame loss, and back-to-back performance of a live Ethernet service without affecting customer traffic. 
 
Also, MetroNID units are capable of service monitoring and policing, while continuously collecting usage statistics and providing bandwidth regulation for up to 60 service flows simultaneously. Service providers can access statistics remotely from their fault management and operational support systems for troubleshooting, trending, service optimization, billing and reporting.
 
Patrick Ostiguy (News - Alert), founding president and CEO of Accedian Networks, noted in a press statement that Accedian Networks’ ESAP Ethernet Service Assurance Platform is well known for providing end-to-end service creation and assurance capabilities in point-to-point and multipoint networks.
 
Pointing out the advantages of the new MetroNID demarcation units, he said, “Our new MetroNID demarcation units are optimized to handle the large number of flows and services traversing metro and access networks, allowing service providers’ to more fully map out the health of their networks and provide carrier-grade, packet-based services within efficient operations and capital budgets.”
 
Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
 

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