ADVA Optical Networking and InfoVista Partnership Supports Mass-Market Adoption of Ethernet Services

InfoVista’s VistaInsight for Networks Performance Management Solution and ADVA Optical Networking’s Etherjack-enabled FSP 150 Support Ethernet SLAs, Enabling Service Levels Like Those of Traditional Services

Paris, France and Herndon, VA; Mahwah, New Jersey, USA; Martinsried/Munich, Germany, September 25, 2006 – ADVA Optical Networking and InfoVista, the global leader of IP and RF planning, assurance and optimization software solutions, today announced a global partnership through which InfoVista’s industry-leading performance-management solution, VistaInsight for Networks, will be paired with ADVA’s Etherjack-enabled FSP 150 product family. Used in tandem, the joint solution enables service providers to confidently offer exacting service level agreements (SLAs) with their intelligent Ethernet offerings and deliver customers real-time access to information on the performance of those services. By so comprehensively supporting Ethernet SLAs, the combined benefits of InfoVista’s and ADVA Optical Networking’s solutions address a critical last obstacle to mass-market adoption of Ethernet services.

ADVA Optical Networking will demonstrate InfoVista’s VistaInsight for Networks with the FSP 150 products in Booth 26 at Carrier Ethernet World Congress in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 25-29.

With ADVA Optical Networking’s Etherjack Service Assurance (ESA) feature, service providers for the first time can offer, monitor and verify Ethernet SLAs. Drawing data from the ADVA FSP 150 equipment, InfoVista’s VistaInsight for Networks enables Ethernet customers to easily see that they are experiencing the performance levels guaranteed in their SLAs. Through VistaInsight for Networks’ customer portal, enterprises can monitor data on frame delay, frame delay variation, frame loss and network availability end–to-end across services. This data gives enterprise customers the confidence that their Ethernet services are as carrier-grade as Frame Relay, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Private Line and other traditional offerings with historically strong levels of support for mission-critical business applications.

"We are continuing to see strong uptake of our Ethernet services, and one of the key reasons is that we have put in place an infrastructure that enables us to offer Ethernet SLAs as stringent as those offered with traditional services," said Brendan Park, Director of Strategy with Uecomm (http://www.uecomm.com.au/), a national Australian carrier offering high-speed broadband data solutions across its own advanced fiber optic network. "More and more businesses recognize the unprecedented value of Ethernet-based business services, and the ability to offer and assure Ethernet SLAs enables them to migrate."

The VistaInsight for Networks, Metro Ethernet option, addresses the needs of 3 major markets: Consumer Broadband, Business Services and Wireless Backhaul to compete in today’s bandwidth-demanding industry. The Metro Ethernet performance management solution complies with the service definition model defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum to intelligently monitor and report on E-LINE and E-LAN service levels in accordance with industry standard methodology. Service Providers are able to use VistaInsight for Networks to view Metro Ethernet Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and real-time performance notifications, hierarchically by service type, customer location, device type and interface, allowing them and their customers to easily verify SLAs, anticipate growth, upgrade capacity and investigate performance problems. By incorporating bandwidth profiles of QoS based services, the solution provides service availability, in and out traffic metrics, as well as end-to-end delay, jitter and packet loss measurements that provide the critical visibility necessary to deliver and ensure service levels for global user communities.

ADVA’s ESA functionality, already deployed by carriers around the globe, is a built-in feature of the FSP 150 solution, expressly designed for mass-market delivery of intelligent Ethernet services. Aligned with emerging IEEE 802.3ah, 802.1ag and ITU Y.1731 standards, the FSP 150 provides a rich set of Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) capabilities at both the link and service levels. Etherjack demarcation technology is combined with a wide range of standards-based transport technologies – fiber, time division multiplexing (TDM), copper and Synchronous Optical Network/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SONET/SDH) - to allow carriers to deliver Ethernet ubiquitously while utilizing existing infrastructure whenever possible.

“Pairing VistaInsight for Networks with the Etherjack-enabled FSP 150 family provides a service provider with a turnkey solution for offering differentiated, intelligent Ethernet-based business services,” said Jean-Luc Valente, senior vice president, marketing and strategic alliances with InfoVista. “With this joint solution in place, the service provider is assured that its Ethernet services will deliver the guaranteed performance across its own and leased infrastructures, and the enterprise customer will receive the highest degree of service at all times.”

Added Fred Ellefson, vice president, Etherjack alliances, with ADVA Optical Networking, “This is a powerful partnership because, together, our solutions eliminate what has been the leading impediment to broad-scale adoption of intelligent Ethernet services by business customers: the ability to meaningfully track and monitor SLAs. With our Etherjack technology and InfoVista’s VistaInsight for Networks supporting Ethernet SLAs, service providers are finding an eager enterprise customer base for Ethernet-based offerings supporting Internet access, Ethernet private lines, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other mission-critical applications.”

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InfoVista is the leading provider of IP and RF planning, assurance and optimization software solutions and services that enable efficient network and IT transformations. Our award-winning solutions empower communications service providers and IT-intensive enterprises to deliver high-performing and differentiated services, while cost-effectively planning, operating, optimizing and monetizing their networks. InfoVista’s combined expertise and technology innovations in radio and IP networks provide more than 600 customers worldwide with a new level of network intelligence, visibility and control across the entire network life cycle. Using InfoVista solutions, they deliver optimal quality of service, ensure a high-quality user experience, invest appropriately and consolidate their OSS/BSS ecosystems, while keeping total cost of ownership as low as possible. For more information, please visit www.infovista.com.