Monday, August 18, 2008

MRV Launches Optical Media Converter for Carrier Ethernet Demarc

MRV Communications announced a new Fiber Driver EM316EUSM media converter module that delivers managed, optical Ethernet demarcation for bookend pair applications between the central office and a customer's network.

The Ethernet Universal Service Module (EUSM) is MRV's newest addition to its industry-leading suite of intelligent media converter-based optical Ethernet solutions and maximizes network uptime by providing advanced services including full-service level control over link connectivity and WAN/LAN segment provisioning. The bookend EUSM solution uses extended OAM 802.3ah protocols to fully manage both ends of the point-to-point fiber optic link from a single manager at either end. Central office and customer premises link ports on the respective modules are controlled similarly from the managed side of the link. It offers either a fiber or copper port for 10/100/1000 Ethernet input, and dual, redundant, SFP-based output ports to a fiber WAN.

MRV said its new module performs as an end-point or intermediate-point service demarcation in transparent LAN services (TLS) or in Ethernet signal repeating applications, as part of an end-to-end managed Metro Ethernet network. The EM316EUSM includes Metro Ethernet capabilities generally available only in higher-end Metro Ethernet devices, such as VLAN-awareness, per flow policing, Q-in-Q VLAN stacking, VLAN translation and built-in hierarchical multi-layer optical link redundancy.