Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Agilent Test Solution Verifies Multivendor GMPLS Trial

Agilent Technologies' N2X multiservices test solution was used this week in the industry's first validation of triple-play service delivery over a GMPLS-enabled IP optical network. The multivendor interoperability test was conducted at Isocore Internetworking Lab and showcased this week at the MPLS 2005 public demonstration in Washington, D.C.


Agilent saind its N2X was used for functional testing of the network operations at all layers as well as validating triple-play service delivery. The Agilent N2X was able to emulate the optical control plane to establish the GMPLS network -- as well as verify MPLS-enabled services such as multicast VPN, VPLS, and IPTV -- all in one platform.


Working with more than 11 leading MPLS, GMPLS and optical vendors at the Isocore Internetworking Laboratory, Agilent supported both the triple-play services-over-MPLS and MPLS-over-GMPLS test groups.


Vendors successfully demonstrated the delivery of IPTV solutions across multicast Layer 3 VPNs (mVPN) and virtual private LAN services (VPLS) over a fully resilient IP/optical core.


Agilent N2X was used to verify operation of all network layers from GMPLS, MPLS to IP, as well as the triple-play services' QoE aspects.


Specifically, the N2X was used to signal optical control plane links to establish the GMPLS network using OSPF-TE and RSVP-TE. MPLS services were then established over this network and verified end-to-end, using OSPF, LDP and RSVP-TE. N2X was also used to verify the high availability (state-full failover resiliency) characteristics of the IP/optical core for RSVP-TE and LDP fast reroute. Multicast VPN, VPLS and IPTV channel zapping (latency) were also tested by using the same N2X solution. http://www.agilent.com/comms/n2x

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