Overview and Comparison of iConverter Network Interface Devices

iConverter NIDs

iConverter Network Interface Devices (NIDs) provide Carrier Ethernet demarcation for wholesale and retail Ethernet business services, 4G/ LTE mobile backhaul, small cells, carrier Wi-Fi, and cloud services.

iConverter NIDs are compact demarcation devices that support advanced Performance Monitoring, Service Activation Testing, Fault Management, timing and synchronization, and protection.

SDN+NFV Ready Demarcation – iConverter NIDs are integrated into service orchestration platforms with several SDN+NFV ecosystem partners.

Automated Service Creation – Deploy feature-rich NIDs with Zero-Touch Provisioning and Service Activation Testing to reduce time for service turn-up.

Guaranteed Performance and Uptime – iConverter NIDs support performance monitoring across Layer 2, 3 and 4 networks with advanced fault management and service protection.

Simplify Inventory – Deploy the same iConverter GM4 or XM5 NID in a variety of access networks (active or passive) and for different service types to simplify equipment inventory.

Tiered NIDs Match Cost to Revenue – Omnitron provides a tiered product offering to align features and costs with the different types of Ethernet services.

  • Carrier Ethernet 2.0 NIDs provide advanced demarcation for wholesale and retail services with comprehensive service assurance
  • Service OAM NIDs provide demarcation for Carrier Ethernet services with performance SLAs
  • Link OAM NIDs provide cost-effective demarcation for internet access and best effort Ethernet and internet access services

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Carrier Ethernet 2.0 NIDs

CE2.0 MEF Certified logoiConverter NIDs provide MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certified demarcation for wholesale Ethernet, 4G/LTE mobile backhaul, small cells, business services and cloud services. These state-of-the-art NIDs enable new CE 2.0 services and reduce operating costs with automated service provisioning and testing. 

Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is the next generation in the evolution of Ethernet services, and is defined as “networks and services that enable multiple Classes of Service and manageability over interconnected provider networks”. These three service attributes of Multiple Classes of Service (Multi-CoS), Manageability and Interconnect reflect major new capabilities of E-Line and E-LAN services, as well as the addition of new E-Tree and E-Access services.

iConverter GM4 and XM5 NIDs are Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certified to deliver services that support Multiple Classes of Service (Multi-CoS), Manageability and Interconnect.

 

iConverter XM5 and XM5 Aggregation NIDs

iConverter XM5 NIDsiConverter XM5 provide advanced 10G demarcation and aggregation for Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services. The XM5 NIDs feature three 10G SFP+ or XFP ports and up to four Gigabit/100Mbps SFP or RJ-45 10/100/1000 ports.

XM5 Aggregation and Demarcation Devices feature two 10G SFP+ or XFP ports, twelve Gigabit/100Mbps SFP ports, and two 10/100/1000 RJ-45 ports.

 XM5 NIDs support advanced traffic management and policing, comprehensive Service OAM, protection switching, and automated service provisioning, service testing and validation.

 

 iConverter GM4 NIDs

GM4 ComboiConverter GM4 compact demarcation devices and have the lowest power consumption. They are available in 2 and 3 port standalone units and chassis plug-in modules, and 5-port standalone models with a variety of port configurations. GM4 NIDs support advanced traffic management and policing, comprehensive Service OAM, protection switching, and automated service provisioning, service testing and validation. These advanced capabilities reduce operating costs, provide faster return on investment (ROI) and improve customer satisfaction.

 

 

 iConverter GM4 PoE NIDs

GM4-PoE3-smiConverter GM4 PoE NIDs deliver advanced Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services and provide integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) at the demarcation. GM4 PoE NIDs support all the functions of the GM4 NIDs, and add 802.3af PoE (15.4W), 802.3at PoE+ (30W), and up to 60W on each RJ-45 port for small cell and WiFi applications.

 

 

 

 iConverter HybridNID

hybridnid vsmThe iConverter HybridNID enables the delivery of E-Access wholesale services with value-added revenue from independent SLA verification. The HybridNID clearly defines the service responsibilities between the Service Provider and the Access Provider with dual management elements that support secure and independent management access. The HybridNID is available in GM3 and GM4 configurations.

 

Carrier Ethernet 1.0 Service OAM NIDs

 

iConverter GM3 NIDs

iConverter GM3

iConverter GM3 NIDs provide MEF 9, 14 and 21 certified demarcation for Ethernet services delivered across one or more operator networks. IEEE 802.1ag and ITU-T Y.1731 Service OAM provides the fault detection and performance monitoring necessary to ensure proper enforcement and compliance to SLAs. The GM3 NIDs support Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP), color-aware rate limiting and Class of Service differentiation and prioritization.

  

 

 

iConverter SFP-NIDs

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The iConverter SFP-NID is a Small Form Pluggable (SFP) Gigabit optical NID that enables Service Providers to deliver low-latency, SLA-guaranteed Business Ethernet, 4G/LTE macro cell and small cell backhaul services. The SFP-NID can be installed directly into a switch, router or small cell, and saves Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) by eliminating the need for a standalone demarcation device. It also reduces Operating Expenditures (OPEX) by decreasing power consumption, space, installation and maintenance costs.

 

 

 

iConverter microNID

microNID Overview

The iConverter microNID, a low-latency, compact and cost-effective Network Interface Device (NID) that provides service activation testing, fault and performance monitoring. The microNID enables Service Providers to deliver SLA assured services where cost, space and power consumption are constraints. Cable MSOs can deliver value-added services over their existing DOCSIS networks with guaranteed Quality of Service.

 

Carrier Ethernet 1.0 Link OAM NIDs

 

iConverter M2 NIDs

The iConverter M2 Class NIDs provide Ethernet E-Line service demarcation for services that do not require SLA performance assurance. These cost-effective NIDs support 802.3ah Link OAM with fault detection for Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) access links. The M2 NIDs provide MEF 9, 14 and 21 certified Ethernet service demarcation in telecom networks, and mission-critical managed fiber links in enterprise, government and utility networks. M2 Class NIDs are available in 2-port standalone units and chassis plug-in modules that support copper-to-fiber and fiber-to-fiber demarcation.

 

The copper-to-fiber M2 Class NIDs include the iConverter 10/100M2 with a 100Mbps fiber and a 10/100 RJ-45 port, and the iConverter GX/TM2 with a Gigabit fiber and a 10/100/1000 RJ-45 port.  The iConverter fiber-to-fiber M2 Class NIDs include the 100Mbps iConverter 2FXM2 and the Gigabit iConverter 2GXM2.

 

NID Feature Comparison

Features M2
 Class
GM3SFP-NIDmicroNID GM4 GM4
5-Port
GM4
PoE
XM5XM5 Aggr
MEF Compliance Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certified         X X X  X  X
MEF 9, 14 and 21  X X     X X X X X
Traffic Management IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tagging X X     X X X X X
IEEE 802.1ad Q-in-Q VLAN Tagging X X     X X X X X
64k Granular Rate Limiting X X     X X X X X
Hierarchical rate limiting with two-level policing   X     X X X X X
CIR/EIR and CBS/EBS Policing and Shaping   X     X X X X X
  per Port   X     X X X X X
  per EVC   X     X X X X X
  per Class of Service   X     X X X X X
  per MAC Address, IP Address, ToS,
  DiffServe
  X     X X X X  X
Port Mirroring    X      X X X X X
IEEE 802.1p CoS Priority   X     X X X X X
L2CP Policy Management   X  X  X X X X X X
RFC 4541 IGMP Snooping         X X X  X  X
Timing and Synchronization IEEE 1588v2 Transparent Clock         X X X X X
IEEE 1588v2 Slave Clock               X X
IEEE 1588v2 Boundry Clock               X X
Synchronous Ethernet         X X X X X
Service OAM IEEE 802.3ah Link OAM X X  X X X X X X
IEEE 802.1ag Service OAM   X  X X X X X X
ITU-T-Y.1731 Performance Monitoring   X  X  X X X X X X
TWAMP IP SLA Performance Monitoring      X   X  X X X X X
Syslog                X X
Trap Hosts; up to 8 X X   X  X X X X X
MIB Statistics (RMON) X X  X   X  X X X X X
Service Activation Testing IETF RFC 2544 with built-in Test-head      X  X X X X X X
Third-party in-band loopback support      X  X X X X X X
ITU-T-Y.1564 Service Testing with built-in Test-head      X  X X X X X X
Protection and Redundancy Port Redundancy (Primary and Backup Link)   X     X X X X X
LAG with LACP (1:1 and 1+1)         X X X X X
ITU-T-G.8031 Ethernet Linear Protection         X X X X X
ITU-T-G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection         X X X X X
IEEE 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol   X     X X X X X
Automatic Provisioning Zero-Touch Provisioning (DHCP/TFTP)   X     X X X X X
DPoE DEMARC Auto Configuration algorithm         X X X    
Security and Authentication TACACS+         X X X X X
RADIUS         X X X X X
802.1x         X X X X X
Access Control Lists         X X X X X
Power Redundant AC/DC Power Inputs           X   X X

The GM3 and GM4 NIDs are available as chassis plugin modules with backplane connectivity to other modules in the chassis. The plugin module can manage a chassis of modules or be managed as a regular media converter by another management module.

Port Interfaces

InterfacesM2
Class
GM3SFP-NIDmicroNIDGM4GM4
5-Port
GM4 PoEXM5XM5
Aggr.
Number of ports 2 2 or 3  1 2 2 or 3 5 Up to 5 7 16
10/100/1000BASE-T Copper X X   100/1000  X Up to 4   Up to 4 2
10/100/1000BASE-T Copper PoE/PoE+/60W             Up to 4    
1000BASE-X Fixed Fiber X X     X        
Fiber SFP (100Mbps or 1000Mbps) X X 1000Mbps  X X Up to 5  1 or 2 Up to 4 12
Copper SFP (10/100/1000Mbps) X X     X Up to 5  Up to 2 Up to 4 Up to 12
Fiber XFP or SFP+ (10G or 1000Mbps)               3* 2
Chassis Plug-In Modules X X     X        
*The three 10G SFP+ ports also support 1000Mbps Fiber SFPs and 1000Mbps Copper SFPs.
Please consult Omnitron for other configurations
 

SDN, EMS and Management

 M2
Class
GM3SFP-NIDmicroNIDGM4GM4
5-Port
GM4 PoEXM5XM5 Aggr.
Management Interfaces and Protocols Serial Console Interface X X    X X X X X X
Dedicated Ethernet Management Interface               X X
Telnet X X X  X X X X X X
SSH         X X X X X
SNMP v1/v2c/v3 X X X X X X X X
Omnitron EMS and SNMP Management Software NetOutlook Element Management System   X X X X X X  X  X
NetOutlook Carrier Edition Software   X X X   X X X X
NetOutlook Management Software X X X X X X X X
SDN+NFV
Integration with Ciena Blue Planet   X     X X X    
Performance Monitoring Portals and Software Integration with OcularIP Performance Portal   X     X X X    
Integration with SolarWinds X X     X X X    

 

Service Types

Bronze - Best Effort Ethernet Services

  • Internet Access and Small Business
  • Basic Management and Fault Detection

Silver - SLA Assured Services

  • Carrier Ethernet Business Services and Mobile Backhaul
  • Fault Management and Performance Monitoring

Gold - Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Services

  • Advanced SLA assured services per Class of Service
  • Rapid service turn up and testing

Platinum - Protected Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Services

  • Advanced CE 2.0 Services
  • Service protection with guaranteed uptime
 M2
Class
GM3SFP-NIDmicroNIDGM4GM4
5-Port
GM4 PoEXM5XM5 Aggr.
Bronze Silver Gold and Platinum
MEF Defined Services
E-Line X X X X X X X X X
E-LAN X X X X X X X X
E-Tree and E-Access   X     X X X X X
Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (all 8 Service Types1)         X X X   X*   X*
Flow Types EVC X X X X X X X X X
Multiplexed EVC   X X X X X X X X
CE 2.0 Class of Service         X X X X X
Types of Services Business Services X X X X X X X X X
Cloud (Data Center) Services   X X X X X X X X
Low-Latency Financial Services     X X X X X X X
4G/LTE Mobile Backhaul   X X X X X X X X
Small Cell     X X X X X X X
Wholesale Ethernet   X X X X X X X X
Direct Internet Access X                
Service Assurance Best Effort Services (No SLA) X                
SLA Assured Services   X X X X X X X X
Port Failover Protection   X     X X X X X
EVC Protection Switching         X X X X X

1 E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access, plus Multiplexed versions of each service for total of 8 MEF Defined Services

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