With unprecedented test scalability to many thousands of locations, the BV-3100 ensures complete end-to-end network visibility without requiring new hardware to accommodate network growth. When combined with the comprehensive reporting and analytics capabilities of BrixWorx and its ability to seamlessly integrate with the operator’s OSS, the BV-3100 leverages EXFO’s Ethernet One solution to provide unmatched service lifecycle management capability and service assurance functionality.
Critical Component of End-to-End Service Testing
The BV-3100 Verifier is a critical component of the Brix end-to-end service testing approach. It delivers both the essential end-user quality of experience (QoE) monitoring along with the visibility and detail network administrators need to easily troubleshoot performance problems and identify their root causes.
The BV-3100 enables simultaneous core-to-core, edge-to-core and edge-to-end-user testing. By deploying the BV-3100 Verifier at key locations in the network core and edge, and by leveraging industry standards, network administrators can effectively segment the network in order to gain the needed visibility into the enterprise, access, core and backhaul networks. Tests can be performed to any other Brix Verifier or to third-party equipment such as network interface devices (NIDs) or cell site routers (CSRs) using industry standards such as 802.1ag, Y.1731 or TWAMP. By leveraging the operators’ existing equipment, CAPEX costs are reduced and operational efficiencies are maximized.
Continuous Simultaneous Monitoring of Thousands of Locations
The BV-3100 Verifier is capable of continuously running up to 3000 simultaneous monitoring tests at 10 frames per second while gathering precise one-way and round-trip service measurements using industry standards such as ITU-T Y.1731. This unique capability not only offers service providers the very high flexibility they need to test performance across multiple service classes, but also unprecedented scaling capacity when growing their networks. Whether monitoring service performance at many hundreds of endpoints at multiple service classes or thousands of locations at just one – BV-3100 is ready to grow with your network.
EXFO’s BV-3100 Verifier delivers the reliability and management features required in carrier environments, combined with the ease of complete “lights-out” operation. Installation requires simply plugging in Ethernet cables for connectivity and connecting the power source—the verifier completes the rest. Upon power-up, the BV-3100 Verifier performs system integrity checks, automatically discovers its BrixWorx server and then downloads all system configurations, test modules and test schedules over a secure, encrypted connection from the server.
Multi-Instance Turn-Up and Troubleshooting
The BV-3100 Verifier supports multiple simultaneous turn-up tests, utilizing industry-standard methodologies such as EtherSAM (Y.1564) or RFC 2544. These tests can not only be performed concurrently with service monitoring tests, but also over the same test ports. The Brix System utilizes a unique “preflight” mechanism to monitor both the available verifier resources and the available test port bandwidth to ensure that turn-up tests never negatively impact any currently running active SLA monitoring tests.
Transport-to-Application Layer Performance Management
EXFO’s BV-3100 Verifier supports a comprehensive suite of more than 70 active tests provided by the Brix System. These tests address a wide array of network transport protocols and IP services, including Carrier Ethernet, IP, VoIP, video, VPN, wireless and Web-based applications, as well as a variety of performance tests. The BV-3100 calculates a deep set of performance statistics by measuring transport quality and the performance of transport and application-specific protocols. The proactive tests precisely simulate network and user-level activity. Moreover, the BV-3100 Verifier offers a unique capability to run Layer 4-7 performance monitoring tests over a 3G or 4G wireless interface to enable carriers to monitor true end-user quality of experience.
Carrier-Class Design for In-Network Deployment
The BV-3100 Verifier is designed from the ground up as carrier-class equipment, offering features such as AC and redundant DC power options. Additionally, it is network equipment building system (NEBS) Level 3-certified, meaning it has passed a series of independent and stringent environmental, safety, emission, serviceability, reliability and quality tests, and is certified for deployment in carrier central offices.
All Brix verifiers, including the BV-3100, are centrally managed and provisioned using the BrixWorx system. All communications between the verifier and BrixWorx are encrypted and secure. As well, communications between the verifier and the server can be offloaded from the production network onto a management network through the dedicated 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet management ports.
Patented Timing Accuracy for Real-Time Services
In addition to industry-leading performance, the BV-3100 features exceptionally accurate timing capabilities to support the sub-millisecond precision required for today’s performance-sensitive services. All time measurements take advantage of the BV-3100 Verifier’s patented hardware packet timestamp engine, eliminating the variations caused by user or kernel-level software-based timing schemes. This combination provides the most accurate one-way measurements in the industry.
A variety of timing options, including support for 1588v2, external clock input, or an optional GPS timing module, provide accurate, worldwide synchronization of BV-3100 timestamps to as low as microsecond precision for GPS. This allows service providers to identify low-latency intra-metro or regional issues and enforce extremely stringent service-level agreements.
Simple, Intuitive Reporting
The BV-3100 supports a wide array of turn-up, troubleshooting and monitoring tests that provide operators with valuable network status data. BrixWorx provides a number of customizable reports and dashboards that turn this data into accessible and actionable information. These web-based reporting tools make it easy for operators to quickly and intuitively understand the test results and therefore, eliminate the need for expensive training. Moreover, since the reports are all web-based, they can be easily presented to subscribers as proof that SLAs are being met.
EXFO is a global provider of converged service assurance solutions that allow the world’s largest service providers and enterprises to offer reliable and high-quality experiences in voice, video, data and mobile services to their customers, partners and employees. The company brings a proven heritage of IP expertise unique to the service assurance marketplace, and collaborates closely with its customers and partners to assure the delivery of any IP-based service, over any network, to any endpoint.
EXFO’s seamlessly integrated hardware and software products, collectively called the Brix System, are converged service assurance solutions that proactively monitor IP service and application quality. Network operators use the Brix System to guarantee the successful launch and ongoing, profitable operation of their various IP services.