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Converging network infrastructure solutions

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AGILENT Technologies has announced the most comprehensive service test and assurance solutions for converging network infrastructures.

The solutions enable component and network equipment manufacturers and service providers to make comprehensive quality of service (QoS) and performance measurements, allowing them to design, test and operate next-generation integrated voice and data networks.

Today's communications networks are converging into a single infrastructure designed to reduce costs and enable new services. A key industry challenge is achieving high QoS for the latest technologies on converged networks.

To address this challenge, Agilent is introducing the following products:

* Agilent N2X, a multiservices test solution for converging voice and data networks.

* Agilent OSS MPLS QoS Manager, an assurance solution for monitoring network performance of virtual private network (VPN) managed services.

* Advanced measurement capabilities for the OmniBER OTN, a next-generation SONET/SDH (NG SONET) analyser.

The Agilent N2X is a comprehensive multiservices test solution for converging voice and data networks. The N2X combines leading-edge services testing with carrier-grade infrastructure testing and emulation to enable end-to-end testing of new services.

Service offerings such as metro Ethernet, IP/VPN and L2oMPLS for ATM can be tested over the latest converged infrastructure standards, including multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), IPv6 and next-generation SONET.

The Agilent OSS MPLS QoS Manager is an assurance solution that enables telecommunication providers to monitor the quality and network performance of VPN managed services by gathering data from active testing and Cisco VPN network elements.

The solution's real-time problem detection, performance reports and service level agreement (SLA) reporting provide insight to network health and performance, and transport QoS variables such as jitter, packet loss and latency.

MPLS QoS Manager lets service providers correct potential problems before customers or SLAs are affected.

Agilent also announced advanced generic framing procedure (GFP), Ethernet payload, virtual concatenation (VCat), and link capacity adjustment scheme (LCAS) analysis capabilities for the OmniBER OTN, an NG SONET analyser.

Developed in partnership with leading-edge component suppliers and network equipment manufacturers, these second-phase measurements give design and test engineers more complete insight into standards conformance and QoS performance, and help resolve multivendor interoperability problems.

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