RAD's new Micro Network Interface Device (MiNID), introduced this week at Ethernet Expo Americas, is a fully functional and hugely intelligent SFP form-factor solution that plugs into the SFP cage of any manufacturer’
Its compact size makes the MiNID an ideal solution for small cell backhaul applications, as well as virtual private networks and carrier-wholesale provider network termination.
Three key features of the MiNID make it stand out above any other manufacturer's SFP offering and truly make it a groundbreaking solution that will contribute to increased profitability of Carrier Ethernet services, says Amir Karo, Vice President of Marketing at RAD Data Communications.
"First, because it offers Ethernet demarcation in addition to performance monitoring, it enables service providers, wholesale carriers, and mobile operators to maintain service demarcation and service validation right from the MiNID. It also lets them receive real time network and performance reports with per-Class of Service SLA definition. No other manufacturer offers both capabilities in a similar SFP device," Karo says.
"Second, it works with any SFP unit, made by any manufacturer. The same MiNID can be used with various fiber types – single mode, multi-mode, and also electrical SFPs – and up to distances of 10/40/80 kilometers, depending on the SFP. Plus, the MiNID fits SFPs already installed in existing equipment, a tremendous saving and benefit," Karo adds.
“Finally, the MiNID is built entirely from in-house RAD technology, so RAD can enhance MiNID and add functionality in the future far more easily than other manufacturers, who may rely on third-party off-the-shelf technology,”
RAD's MiNID can handle up to 1 Gbps of Ethernet traffic and features per-port and per-flow monitoring capabilities, including Ethernet OAM and loopbacks. Requiring no rack space or external power, it can be remotely managed independently from its hosting device or can be integrated with its hosting device so that they act together and appear as a single unit.
As Ron Kline, Principal Analyst for Network Infrastructure at Ovum observed, “Today, service providers and enterprises demand strict adherence to performance guarantees for Ethernet services. Plug and play performance monitoring and service management capabilities without ripping and replacing equipment will certainly get network operators’ attention.”
Michael Howard, Principal Analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research noted that “We anticipate a high degree of interest among service providers in a solution such as the MiNID. There is a strong business case to be made for this approach, particularly in applications such as small cells, virtual private networks, and the combination of service provider and wholesale provider network termination units.”
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Bob Eliaz, Media Relations Manager, RAD Data Communications