LAS VEGAS, NXTcomm 2008, Booth SL1912, June 16, 2008
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the industry's first multiplay test solution to combine line-rate, hardware-based performance statistics for video, voice and data services on the same test port.
Network equipment manufacturers and service providers can use the Agilent N2X multiservices test solution to characterize the ability of individual network elements or entire networks prior to deployment. The test solution can help enforce Quality of Service (QoS) requirements and meet subscriber Quality of Experience (QoE) expectations, across multiple services at once. Hardware-based traffic generation and analysis is necessary in order to scale the number of simulated network subscribers and to achieve deterministic measurements that are repeatable and consistent. This architectural scalability, coupled with line-rate traffic generation, is what enables N2X to push the device or system under test to its limits and identify how different services play off each other in a converged network environment.
N2X provides powerful and flexible multiplay traffic generation and analysis based on user-defined subscriber profiles. It is easy to simulate complex network topologies and dynamic subscriber behaviors using the large breadth of N2X protocol emulations, including DHCPv4, DHCPv6, PPPoX, MLD and IGMP. Each test port can concurrently display real-time video media quality metrics (e.g., MDI) and IPTV channel-zapping times along with voice MOS and data-forwarding performance measurements on a per-subscriber basis. This unique capability is critical in order to identify how the number and behavior of multiplay subscribers and mix of service traffic impacts overall subscriber QoE. It is also mandatory to test all services on the same port to mirror real network deployments and realistically validate the multiplay readiness of network infrastructure equipment prior to widespread deployment.
New Products and Enhancements to the Agilent N2X
"Multiplay services must be measured in context -- as a whole, not in individual silos," said Rod Unverrich, general manager of Agilent's Data Networks Operation. "In a single application, N2X measures the comparative quality of different multiplay services to evaluate a subscriber's overall quality of experience, which directly impacts subscriber retention and bottom-line revenue."
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent N2X multiservices test solution is available now at a starting price of $20,000. More information is available at www.agilent.com/find/n2x. Product photos are available at www.agilent.com/find/N2X_images.
About Agilent Multiplay Test Solutions
Agilent's world-leading test and measurement solutions simplify multiplay test. The portfolio offers the unique ability to create realistic test scenarios that support the design, test, manufacture, installation and operation of complex networks, network equipment and services; and the monitoring and troubleshooting solutions that help isolate and resolve operational problems quickly, easily and reliably. Information about Agilent's multiplay test solutions can be found at www.agilent.com/find/multiplay.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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