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Agilent CFM test suite enhances carrier Ethernet reliability

Posted: 06 Jun 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:carrier Ethernet  IEEE  802.1ag 

Agilent's N2X multi-services test solution

Agilent Technologies Inc. and Net-O2 has collaborated to integrate Net-O2's ATTEST connectivity fault management (CFM) protocol conformance test suite into Agilent's N2X multi-services test solution to enable the reliability of voice, video and data services over a robust and proven Ethernet infrastructure. This will allow network equipment manufacturers and service providers to use N2X to ensure their carrier Ethernet switches and routers implementing the CFM mechanisms conform to the relevant IEEE and ITU-T standards.

Defined currently in IEEE 802.1ag draft 8.0, CFM 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. The IEEE CFM mechanisms are very similar to those in the ITU-T Y.1731 standard. The tight alignment between these two influential standards bodies attests to the relevance of CFM to the industry. The Agilent N2X CFM test suite is claimed to provide the industry's first solution for validating CFM standards compliance.

The N2X CFM conformance suite leverages the longstanding collaboration between Agilent and Net-O2 by combining the robustness and completeness of the ATTEST CFM protocol test suite with the productivity benefits of the N2X conformance test manager. The CFM conformance suite is the latest in the comprehensive range of carrier Ethernet conformance suites offered on N2X, which include STP, RSTP, MSTP, LACP, VLAN, 802.1x, MEF 9 and MEF 14.

"ATTEST CFM conformance suite is currently undergoing beta trials at Net-O2's customer labs," said Manikantan Srinivasan, VP of systems engineering, Net-O2 Technologies. "ATTEST CFM provides around 150 test cases designed to verify the CFM protocols and the management support requirements in service provider networking devices as well as in customer edge devices. Early adaptors of CFM can ensure seamless interoperability once they comply with the emerging 802.1ag standard."

The Agilent N2X multi-services test solution is available at a starting price of Rs.11.84 lakh ($28,000). Advanced product information on the CFM Conformance suite is available at Agilent's

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