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April 17, 2008

Accedian Networks Unveils New Line of Metro Ethernet Demarcation Units

By Niladri Sekhar Nath, TMCnet Contributor


Accedian Networks (News - Alert), a provider of packet performance assurance solutions for telecom, cable and wireless operators, has introduced the MetroNID series of intelligent demarcation units. These units are designed to monitor Ethernet and IP-based services within metro access and wireless backhaul networks.
The MetroNID product line supplements the company's EtherNID series of demarcation units. Service providers have already deployed the EtherNID series of demarcation units at customer premises and cell sites to enable and assure end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for packet-based services.
Accedian Networks' packet assurance demarcation units include a silicon-based design that lets advanced performance testing and service creation capabilities in a compact footprint. The company claims that its MetroNID series will offer enhanced packet processing and statistics collection capabilities that will help service providers segment multi-technology, multi-provider networks and establish standards-based operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) visibility at mobile hubs.
"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," said Patrick Ostiguy (News - Alert), founding President & CEO of Accedian Networks. "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."
MetroNID units feature the new RFC-2544 Test Suite designed for in-service SLA performance verification. With a patent-pending algorithm, in-service RFC-2544 testing allows service providers to measure and report the throughput and performance of a live Ethernet service without affecting customer traffic. MetroNID units are also capable of service monitoring and policing, continuously collecting usage statistics and providing bandwidth regulation for up to 60 unique service flows simultaneously.
Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Niladri’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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