Extreme Networks today announced that its BlackDiamond® 20808 and Summit® X650 metro core and aggregation switches have passed the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) service conformance tests. MEF service conformance is a crucial capability for providers migrating from 1GE to 10GE architectures to support rapidly increasing bandwidth demand.
As service-oriented test specifications, both MEF 9 and MEF 14 are defined from the subscriber’s point of view as the User Network Interface (UNI), where the subscriber and service provider areas of responsibility meet. MEF 9 compliance tests include service attributes such as multiplexing, bundling and VLAN setup, while MEF 14 defines the test suite for Ethernet traffic management, ensuring quality of service per service class across an Ethernet business service offering.
Independent lab Iometrix, Inc., a leading test firm, performed the rigorous conformance testing and certified that the Extreme Networks’ BlackDiamond 20808 and Summit X650 switching platforms deliver carrier grade services as defined in both MEF specifications.