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Agilent unveils BFD conformance test tool

Posted: 26 Jun 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:bidirectional forwarding detection  multi-services test solution  Ethernet 

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced what it claims as the industry's first single-platform solution for protocol emulation and conformance testing of bidirectional forwarding detection (BFD). Network equipment manufacturers and service providers can use the Agilent N2X multi-services test solution to ensure their routers conform to the new IETF BFD recommendations and meet scalability requirements.

Defined in four IETF draft recommendations, BFD is a new protocol that provides rapid detection of device and link faults in IP/MPLS networks, enabling faster fault recovery and service restoration, which allows carriers to offer robust triple-play services over converged IP networks, said Agilent. This is particularly important in Ethernet networks, which have no intrinsic fault-recovery mechanism and could suffer from longer outages.

The N2X BFD emulation software permits testing of an IP/MPLS device's BFD implementation against many thousands of similar emulated devices, enabling robustness and recovery performance validation in carrier-scale networks without a costly test-bed of thousands of real devices, said Agilent. The software is complemented by a new BFD conformance test suite that validates device compliance to industry standards.

By releasing both products on a single platform, the N2X test tool measures both the performance as well as ensures the interoperability of BFD-enabled devices in very large, multi-vendor networks. The new tool complements the company's existing N2X Graceful Restart and MPLS Fast Re-route capabilities.

The Agilent N2X test solution includes products for testing Carrier Ethernet protocols, including LACP, CFM, MEF 9 and MEF 14. It also includes emulation for all carrier routing, MPLS signalling and OAM, and access protocols. Moreover, layer-2 and layer-3 conformance test suites and productivity applications for high availability and IPTV are available in the solution.

Starting price for the Agilent N2X multi-service test solution is Rs.11.44 lakh ($28,000).

- Gina Roos

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