October 21, 2008

New Fluke Networks MetroScope(TM) Carrier Ethernet Analyzer Offers Faster, More Efficient Field Testing and Troubleshooting Than Current Tools

Fluke Networks announced today the introduction of version 2.0 of its MetroScope(TM) carrier Ethernet analyzer, with a newly designed ProVision(TM) test suite, the first test designed specifically for testing carrier Ethernet as a service. The MetroScope analyzer and the ProVision test process allow more thorough testing of carrier Ethernet links while minimizing the time and cost involved.

"Whereas Ethernet is delivered in the form of a device inside the enterprise, it is delivered in the form of a service outside the enterprise," said Bob Mandeville, founder and president of Iometrix, the official Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) testing lab. "The MEF has provided the industry with a now well-known set of service definitions and together with them a well-known set of technical specifications purposed to test Ethernet as a service, and not as a device."

"While carrier Ethernet has evolved as a service, field test technologies have not," said Mark Mullins, carrier Ethernet marketing manager at Fluke Networks. "We designed ProVision to meet the challenge of turn up testing and troubleshooting these new, complex services. ProVision will help service providers ensure the quality of their differentiated offerings while keeping costs under control."

By running four tests (throughput, loss, latency and jitter) in parallel, MetroScope tests circuits faster and more thoroughly than device-based tests such as RFC 2544. The ProVision test package used by MetroScope also supports faster troubleshooting by trending of all four measurements for up to 24 hours, and displaying results for up to three streams simultaneously. This provides the technician a rapid means of seeing what has changed and where to begin troubleshooting.

"ProVision has proved valuable for speed of testing, results, and ability to do asymmetric link testing," according to Cameron Vance, Engineering Manager for Wave1, Australia's leading Wireless Communications provider specializing in point to point and point to multipoint wireless data and voice communications. "The MetroScope's suite of very useful and fast network tools have assisted in determining very quickly if a fault exists in the wireless communications equipment or within the customer's network, reducing servicing costs and fault resolution time."

MetroScope can be paired with the low-cost LinkReflector for efficient, affordable end-to-end testing. The LinkReflector is an IP loopback solution offering multiple use models, attached to the customer's network, within the core network, or at a data center. MetroScope's portability and the LinkReflector's flexibility allow users to quickly bring the most efficient test system to each individual situation. Priced at just a fraction of the price of a complete test set, the LinkReflector completes the MetroScope test set at a fraction of the price of competitive "two unit" test systems.

Fluke Networks discusses carrier Ethernet at Ethernet Expo

Fluke Networks will be demonstrating the MetroScope carrier Ethernet analyzer with the ProVision test suite at Light Reading's Ethernet Expo, October 20-22 in New York City. Additionally, Mark Mullins of Fluke Networks will be speaking on a panel on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. EDT. The panel will explore how this increasing pressure is driving Ethernet service companies to innovate new test methods and better define, support and monitor customer service agreements in order to differentiate their offerings.

Product availability

The new version of MetroScope(TM) Service Provider Assistant with the ProVision test suite will be available in December 2008. The product will be available for order and delivery through Fluke Networks' carrier sales channels worldwide. More details can be found at www.flukenetworks.com/metroscope.

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision(TM) Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks' Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or by calling (800) 283-5853.