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Ethernet OAM: keep an eye on your network

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Steve Lépine

Product Specialist, Transport and Datacom

Steve Lépine is an expert in Ethernet and Fibre Channel technologies. He has over 18 years of experience with EXFO in T&D. Steve was involved for 15 years as FPGA designer in R&D. He is currently a Product Specialist. Steve is a key contributor in the development of several test applications for high-profile product lines such as the NetBlazer, Power Blazer and BV series. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Microelectronics from Université du Quebec à Montréal (UQAM).

François Marcotte

Subject Matter Expert

François Marcotte is a Senior member of technical staff and Subject Matter Expert at EXFO. With 30+ years in the telecom industry, he started as a repair tech for DMS-100 systems. Over the years, François has acquired expert knowledge on Ethernet, IP, OTN and high speed optical technologies. He is continuously working with customers as a technical advisor for testing high speed systems and troubleshooting 5G performance. François is involved with product definition and guidance at EXFO for Ethernet and optical transport solutions. He regularly contributes as a speaker in various seminars and webinars. François graduated in electrical engineering from Polytechnique Montreal.

Get up to speed on Ethernet Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) standards. As networks become increasingly sophisticated, effective management capabilities become a necessity. Reliability, availability, fast failover and recovery testing are all very important parameters that service providers and carriers rely on to ensure service-level agreements (SLA). By injecting OAM data packets into the normal stream at layer 2, it is possible for endpoints to process them and assess performance.

This webinar covers all aspects of troubleshooting, connectivity fault management and performance monitoring functionality as specified in the IEEE 802.3ah, 802.1g and ITU-T Y.1731 standards. Networks must be properly configured to support all the features offered by OAM. However, this can only be achieved by thoroughly testing all the parameters mentioned herein.

Key takeaways:

  • How to efficiently troubleshoot network performance issues
  • The importance of monitoring network performance
  • Understanding Ethernet Service OAM
  • What do the ITU-T Y.1731 and IEEE 802.3ah standards define
  • The basics of Carrier Ethernet

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