EXFO and RAD enhance combined network monitoring solution
Mar 06, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
EXFO Inc., a provider of test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators, and RAD Data Communications have enhanced the interoperability of their combined network monitoring solution.
In addition to RAD's ETX EtherAccess Ethernet Demarcation device, EXFO's Brix Service Assurance solution for network provisioning, troubleshooting and maintenance now supports RAD's new MiNID Miniature Carrier Ethernet Demarcation SFP. The benefit of this synergy is that it injects service assurance into existing networks without requiring the replacement of any existing equipment, RAD said.
According to the company, this joint solution provides operators with a complete network monitoring approach. It combines the highly scalable monitoring and analysis power of EXFO's BrixWorx correlation and analysis engine and Brix Verifier network appliances with RAD's ETX EtherAccess Demarcation devices located at the customer premises.
EXFO's BrixWorx centralized server supports RAD-specific applications, offering a deeper level of integration between the devices and enabling greater visibility of the service and circuit performance at the customer handoff or within the core, the company added.
The end result is a monitoring and service assured access solution, providing greater visibility of the network as well as circuit performance. Network visibility leads to fewer network outages. Proactive monitoring and fault management detect degradations before they affect customers and enable service providers to pinpoint problems quickly, minimizing or eliminating technician truck rolls, the company reported.
"The Brix solution allows operators to monitor their networks from end to end and correlates all the relevant metrics in one integrated system," said Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO's Service Assurance Division. "In 2011, we had already integrated RAD NIDs into the Brix System. This integration allowed operators to leverage their embedded RAD devices with their Brix System to streamline operations and reduce their OPEX as well as CAPEX. Today, we are adding RAD's new MiNID SFPs to our integrated solution, further expanding the interoperability of the Brix System."
"With RAD's Service Assured Access solution, service providers can now build an entire access network or enhance specific segments of their network with MEF CE 2.0 certified functionality, lowering their total cost of ownership while increasing revenues from SLA-based services," explained Amir Karo, RAD's vice president of Business Development and Marketing. "The combined RAD-EXFO solution offers a superior platform for service providers to reduce their operating expenses using a comprehensive and integrated demarcation and monitoring system."
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