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MRV Boosts Performance Measurements in OptiSwitch 900 Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device.

OAM Based on ITU-T Y.1731 and RFC2544 Gives Carriers Wire-Rate End-to-End Throughput Testing and SLA Planning at up to Gigabit Ethernet Speeds

CHATSWORTH, Calif. -- MRV Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRVC) today announced enhancements to its OptiSwitch[R] 900 demarcation device family that improve operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) functionality, delivering nanosecond service level agreement (SLA) accuracy measurements and end-to-end OAM for a wide range of L2VPN and IP-VPN networks. MRV is a leading networking company with a full line of packet-optical transport (POTS), carrier Ethernet, 40G networking and out-of-band networking products.

The new hardware-based OAM capability enables native SLA reporting per service and per class of service to measure application performance and detection of service degradation by service provider at defined SLA threshold alarms. This critical enhancement enables remote real-time monitoring, reducing the need for costly onsite diagnostic personnel.

A new traffic generator tool embedded in the OS900 can be used remotely for end-to-end throughput testing and SLA planning at wire-speed up to Gigabit Ethernet speeds based on ITU-T Y.1731 and RFC2544 methodology.

In addition, the OS900 provides complete carrier-class Ethernet demarcation services, offering full compliance with Metro Ethernet Forum specifications for User Network Interface (UNI) type 2 and External Network-to-Network Interface (E-NNI).

The SLA management tools provide carriers with high-precision measurement at nanosecond accuracy, which is vital in next-generation service deployments. Additional functions include verification of SLAs against actual performance (in-service and out-of-service) and connectivity fault detection, fault verification and fault isolation. These advanced SLA monitoring tools assist the carrier to resolve end-to-end network operations remotely without visiting customer premises, meaning greater operational efficiency and cost savings.

"In the current economic climate, where carriers are facing smaller OPEX budgets, one of the best ways to reduce costs and minimize truck rolls is to improve the automation of network management at the endpoints. These new OS900 features provide them with the OAM they need to improve their view of the network at the edge," said Noam Lotan, president and CEO of MRV Communications. "The hardware-based SLA accuracy itself will be an essential characteristic for delivering next-generation IP services."

The OS900 is compliant with the Metro Ethernet Forum ("MEF") standards, including MEF 14 and MEF 9 certifications for compliance with all three services defined for Carrier Ethernet, including Ethernet Private Line ("EPL"), Ethernet Virtual Private Line ("EVPL") and Ethernet LAN ("E-LAN").

OS900 series has been deployed by tier-1 wireline, wireless and MSO operators around the world and is designed for various end-to-end network scenarios that can be based on IP-VPN routed network spanning layer 3 routers, or layer 2 VPNs, based on bridged network spanning Carrier Ethernet switches. For each network scenario, the SLA monitoring function can be used in the same framework of traffic analysis.

About OptiSwitch

The OS900, part of MRV's OptiSwitch[R] family, is an award-winning line of compact carrier Ethernet switching platforms that range from the OptiSwitch 9000 metro Ethernet aggregation products to the OS900/OS300 demarcation series. OptiSwitch products offer service providers a full suite of carrier-grade Ethernet services along with high-availability, enhanced quality of services, security, TDM circuit emulation and Ethernet operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) support. This uniquely full suite of OAM tools creates flexible service awareness and rigid SLAs. OptiSwitch products meet IEEE, ITU and MEF standards, offering complete control to simplify deployment and management while maintaining full interoperability and visibility into customer and provider networks.

About MRV Communications, Inc.

MRV Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of packet switching, packet optical (POTS), physical layer and out-of-band networking equipment, services and optical components for high-speed carrier and enterprise networks and specialized aerospace, defense and other communications networks. Through its wholly owned SourcePhotonics, Inc. subsidiary, the company provides optical communications components for access and fiber-to-the-premises applications. MRV markets and sells its products worldwide, with operations in Europe that provide network system design, integration and distribution. Publicly traded since 1992, MRV is listed on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol MRVC. For more information please call (978) 431-5011 or visit our websites at and
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