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Conformance suite upgrades tester for MEF9

Posted: 15 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:agilent technologies? test suite? mefg9? metro ethernet forum test specification? ethernet?

Test-and-measurement vendor Agilent Technologies Inc. announces what it claims is the industry's first conformance test suite for MEF9, a new Metro Ethernet Forum test specification (the first to be officially ratified). MEF9 lets subscribers of Ethernet services verify that a metro Ethernet network will support new types of Ethernet-based services.

Agilent's N2X-hosted MEF9 conformance test suite, or CTS, incorporates hundreds of test cases for Ethernet private line (E-line) and Ethernet LAN (Ethernet local area network, or E-LAN) services. These test cases can save you hours of programming that might be needed to verify that these services can be reliably delivered in a multi-vendor, multi-service environment.

Network equipment manufacturers and service providers that already use the company's N2X platform to verify the performance of their multi-service network equipment can now check conformance to MEF9. This should accelerate the deployment of new revenue-generating Ethernet services.

A key spec

"MEF9 is a key industry spec for verifying service compliance at the UNI (User Network Interface)," notes Bob Mandeville, president of Iometrix, an MEF-endorsed certification lab. "The news that test tools designed specifically for MEF9 compliance testing are coming to market will be welcomed by the testing, equipment vendor, service provider, and user communities alike."

The N2X N5590A MEF9 Conformance Test Suite offered by Agilent provides more than 300 test cases for E-Line and E-LAN, verifying the conditions that need to be met in order for a device to comply with the cornerstone MEF1 specification.

The N5590A CTS enhances user productivity by potentially saving you months of engineering effort required to develop and maintain your own test applications. It can also boost productivity by providing an independent validation tool.

Resolve problems

You can focus on resolving implementation problems in network equipment, instead of debugging a test setup. The N5590A CTS can also enable rapid completion of complex test plans, for faster problem resolution and further regression testing as users' products evolve.

What's more, the N2X approach is implemented in an extensible framework, which enables additional conformance tests to be added in the future. "Carrier-grade Ethernet services are a natural extension of LANs into the carrier network, but they must also provide the service reliability and scalability of legacy ATM/FR services," avows Dave Bass, VP and general manager of Agilent's Data Networking Division. "The N2X MEF9 conformance test suite reduces the cost and time needed to verify new service capabilities in a very complex multi-vendor environment."

- Alex Mendelsohn


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