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Network services manager measures experiential quality

Posted: 25 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:network operations? IP telephony? network services management?

Fujitsu Ltd has developed Proactnes II, a network services management solution designed to manage advanced network operations and service quality. The solution will make it possible to visualize and analyze the QoS over networks and smoothly administer large networks, helping network services providers to deliver high-quality services.

Proactnes II will package two complementary solutions: Proactnes II QM, to manage the experiential quality of audio and video made available over the network, and Proactnes II NM, which offers monitoring and management features for administering large networks comprised of thousands of nodes.

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd has developed the core technology that makes it possible to measure and visualize the experiential quality of sound and video over networks. According to Fujitsu, the technology will be commercially applied for the first time in the industry, in Proactnes II, resulting in better sound clarity in IP telephony and better picture clarity in net-distributed videocreating quality that network service providers can measure, visualize and control.

More complex networking
IP telephony, video distribution and other services have proliferated over the Internet as advances in networking technology have brought broadband access to more people. Consequently, networking infrastructure has become larger and more complex, making it increasingly difficult to cope with operational management issues and respond when problems occur. Providers of network services therefore have a pressing need for tools to manage the quality of their services and to administer the network infrastructure.

Fujitsu's new Proactnes II was designed with all-IP next-generation networks in mind. It helps improve the QoS delivered over the network while providing network services management. Fujitsu is offering a wide range of products and services to enable the creation of next-generation networks, from networking equipment to network services management solutions.

The Proactnes II QM is the network quality-management solution. Using a server to accurately measure packets over the network, this tool can directly collect and analyze traffic for a given service and detect changes in quality. This makes it possible to visualize and control the experiential quality of sound and video being delivered as network services, and to improve the clarity of sound and video in ways that customers can directly manage. With continuous monitoring, this tool makes it possible to detect quality changes in real time, analyze or detect symptoms of network faults, enabling countermeasures to be taken before customers perceive any deterioration in quality.

The Proactnes II NM is the network operation management solution. An update to the architecture that debuted in August 2000 under the name Proactnes/SN, this management tool can handle large-scale networks with hundreds of thousands of nodes and provides fault-monitoring, MPLS-VPN control, VLAN control and other management services for everything from core networks to access networks. It is integrated with Proactnes II QM, making it possible to determine the quality status of each service in each region and precisely determine the operational status and impact of a deterioration in quality.

Proactnes II is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in Q1 2008.

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