EXFO and RAD have announced a unique joint solution that allows for integrated end-to-end and segment-to-segment monitoring of data networks. QUEBEC CITY, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) and RAD Data Communications announced today the availability of their new integrated solution for end-to-end monitoring of data networks. This solution will lower operators' capital expenses (CAPEX) by reducing network implementation time dramatically—from months to weeks or even days. As well, the joint solution slashes operational expenses by enabling faster and more detailed fault diagnoses and reduced mean-time-to-repair (MTTR). By integrating RAD network interface devices (NIDs) with EXFO's Brix System service assurance solution, network operators can now access a wider range of metrics than ever before, all collected and correlated on a single, Web-based system. This unique joint solution allows operators to monitor and test the performance of their services end-to-end and on a per-segment basis, without requiring expensive or time-consuming custom development for integration of multiple monitoring systems. The result for operators is faster troubleshooting and improved operational efficiency, all while leveraging their existing equipment from both companies. "This solution allows operators to monitor their networks from end to end and correlates all the relevant metrics in one integrated system," said Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO's Service Assurance Division. "Until now this was only possible if operators stitched these metrics together using expensive customized software. By integrating NIDs from RAD into the Brix System, we can reduce the complexity of any operator's OSS and thus reduce their OPEX". The joint solution also supports performance testing directly from NID to NID, enabling operators to segment the network for active monitoring and troubleshooting purposes. "The result is an extremely fast and cost-effective solution that can automatically collect, analyze and correlate NID data," said Shoval Bolotin, RAD's Director of Product Management. "The operator gets the full benefits of RAD's advanced ETX family of NIDs with traffic engineering, advanced diagnostic and synchronization features all fully integrated into their service assurance solution. This completely eliminates the costly and time-consuming custom development that is often required to correlate this data into the operator's OSS. We're very happy to have our NIDs managed by EXFO's market-leading Brix System, which is the best-of-breed solution in the service provider's performance monitoring market." While the integrated solution significantly reduces spending on OSS development, it also allows operators to minimize time-to-market and deliver an off-the-shelf solution in days or weeks, as opposed to months or years. The solution is standards-based and allows operators to leverage their existing investments in EXFO and/or RAD equipment. As well, the vendor-agnostic approach built into this solution makes it easy to implement in any network.