SOURCE: TierOne OSS Technologies

January 24, 2007 09:00 ET

TierOne™ enSEMBLE 6.0 Delivers Enhanced Carrier Ethernet and Storage Area Network Support

New Release Increases the Capacity and Optimizes Service Provider's Use of Next-Generation SONET/SDH Multiservice Provisioning Platforms

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2007 -- TierOne OSS Technologies Inc., an OSS consulting, integration and technology specialist, today launched the latest release of TierOne™ enSEMBLE, extending the transport network management solution suite to support Carrier Ethernet and Storage Area Network (SAN)-based services.

TierOne enSEMBLE is the only transport network management solution that delivers complete out-of-the-box support for the majority of available next-gen SONET/SDH network elements, including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Fujitsu, and Nortel. TierOne plans to take advantage of the suite's NE Adaptor technology to rapidly roll-out support for other key SONET/SDH equipment vendors on an on-going basis.

Currently undergoing laboratory certification at a major U.S. telecommunications carrier, the enhancements to enSEMBLE 6.0 offer key benefits to today's Communications Service Providers (CSPs), such as:

--  Virtual Concatenation (VCAT) - Allows CSPs to allocate SONET network
    bandwidth much more efficiently when transporting Carrier Ethernet (GigE,
    FE, Video) based services;
--  Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS) - Allows CSPs to dynamically
    manage the reconfiguration of virtual concatenation groups without
    affecting any data that is being carried;
--  Fibre Channel / FICON support - Allows CSPs to offer SAN-based optical
    transport connectivity for those customers requiring direct data center
    network interconnections over SONET and DWDM.
"The enSEMBLE 6.0 release significantly improves the extent to which CSPs can optimize their utilization of fiber assets," said Richard Huffman, Director of Product Management. "For example, a one Gigabit per second Ethernet over SONET service using VCAT can deliver utilization rates of over 90%, compared to traditional SONET utilization rates of just 34%."

TierOne enSEMBLE is a component-based architecture that delivers a full range of transport network management capabilities to CSPs and very large enterprises, including:

--  Multi-layered Transport Network Support: Ethernet, SONET/SDH, DWDM,
    and TDM, spanning Access, Metro, and Core network domains.
--  Network Activation/Discovery: Intelligent service activation,
    discovery and reconciliation.
--  SLA Performance Management: Network service assurance supporting
    carrier grade SLA monitoring and reporting.
--  Dynamic Bandwidth Management: Secure access that allows end customers
    to directly manage their on demand bandwidth needs.
--  Enhanced Grooming and Load Balancing Support: Rich GUI-driven end user
    tool to plan and execute mass migrations of circuits (1000s) with the
    flexibility to design diverse routes, full project audits and roll back
--  Off the Shelf Network Element (NE) Adaptors: Large deployed set of NE
    Adaptors common to transport networks worldwide, including standard
    adaptors for the most popular configurations from Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco,
    ECI Telecom, Ericsson-Marconi, Fujitsu, Nortel and Tellabs.
--  Open and Rapid OSS Integration: Robust XML-based application
    programming interface (API) for integration into existing OSS environments.

About TierOne OSS Technologies Inc.

TierOne OSS Technologies provides OSS-related services and solutions to communications service providers around the world. TierOne delivers quality and business value through professionalism and innovation and measures success through customer satisfaction and long-term business relationships. TierOne customers include MTS AllStream, Hydro One Telecom, Rogers, Telus and Verizon Business, and TierOne's network of partners include Axiom Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Lavastorm, MetaSolv (Oracle) and Telcordia Technologies. For more information, visit

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