Sunday, July 25, 2010

CENX Partners with EXFO for SLA Monitoring of Carrier Ethernet Exchange

CENX, which operates Carrier Ethernet exchanges, will begin providing off-net service-level SLA monitoring for Carrier Ethernet services. The new monitoring service is a result of a collaborative partnership between CENX and EXFO, which specializes in test and service assurance solutions for network operators.

CENX said it system enables buyers and sellers of Ethernet virtual connection to monitor key performance indicators across its exchange. Previously, when a service provider needed service-level SLA monitoring to off-net locations via a partner network, their best alternative was to deploy expensive, customer premises monitoring equipment at each of these off-net locations.

Using EXFO's service assurance technology, the CENX System proactively monitors each Ethernet virtual connection (EVC) from the CENX exchange to the off-net Ethernet Service Locations. EXFO's BrixNGN Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance System utilizes a scalable vendor-agnostic methodology to monitor any EVC regardless of the type of vendor equipment at the demarcation points. This enables constant, normalized measurement of the performance of
each service against its SLA criteria.

"This partnership with EXFO represents a significant breakthrough in the industry. It allows a
service provider to deliver an on-net experience for their off-net customer locations without the
huge cost overhead of deploying additional monitoring equipment," said Nan Chen, President
of CENX.

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