GENEM is loaded with Ethernet Service Assurance features that turn your PROVA appliance into the ultimate test head and probe. Service Providers can deploy the PROVA in production networks and remotely manage the GENEM application to perform MEF 48 compliant Service Activation Testing (SAT) and MEF 35 compliant Performance Monitoring (PM).
It is essential to perform Service Activation Testing before allowing subscribers to connect to your Ethernet services to ensure that these services conform to the throughput, delay, jitter and loss requirements specified in the Service Level Specification (SLS). Performing SAT increases customer satisfaction by reducing the amount of time it takes to bring new services on-line and eliminates those initial trouble-tickets often associated with a new service turn-up. GENEM-X is the industry’s most powerful Service Activation Test tool:
Once your Ethernet services are verified for conformance, you can continuously monitor them for delay, jitter and loss using GENEM’s Service OAM features. By making use of standard performance monitoring protocols, GENEM can continuously perform delay, jitter and loss measurements to a NID, switch or router at the service demarcation point to ensure your services remain compliant to the Service Level Specification:
In-line Service Monitoring & Troubleshooting
The PROVA appliance can be connected to a switch or router’s mirror/SPAN port, test port, or in-line with the service path. Use the power of GENEM to non-intrusively monitor individual flows, capture flows for analysis and generate synthetic traffic on VLANs, pseudo-wires, and individual TCP/UDP sessions to test and troubleshoot issues.
Service Activation Testing
Verify and guarantee performance before you turn circuits over to subscribers. Service Activation Testing (SAT) allows you to verify connectivity and the correct provisioning of your circuits, including critical latency, jitter and loss performance requirements to ensure your customer will get the service quality they require.
Continuous Performance Management
Monitor virtual circuits and pseudo-wires in real-time with a robust set of continuous performance management features. GENEM allows you to gather latency, jitter and loss metrics on a per-service basis so you can compile performance data into monthly reports.
Protected ENNI Service Testing
Perform Service Activation Testing or other troubleshooting tests across a link-protected ENNI using the GENEM application. Multiple PROVA test ports can be aggregated to perform tests over a link-protected interface. Test the performance of active/standby links by forcing switchovers and precisely measuring the switchover time and tracking packet loss during the switchover event.
Synthetic Traffic Generation
Use GENEM’s powerful synthetic traffic generation tools to emulate real-world traffic by combining multiple application streams into multiplexed flows. Create any type of packet and specify header values using our intuitive packet editor. Add hardware timestamps and sequence numbers to synthetic traffic to track performance of streams. Accurate stream rate control allows you to precisely throttle the rate of packet transmission on a test port for each stream independently.
Packet Capture and Playback
You can capture traffic on any of the test ports with the click of your mouse. A large 8GB onboard capture buffer can store a copy of received packets up to line rate. You can export the capture buffer and decode the contents using WireShark. You can also playback the capture at the rate it was captured or at full line rate. Upload pre-saved PCAP files to the PROVA and play them back on any test port.