Videos: Accedian, CenturyLink Demo Real-Time Network Monitoring at MEF16

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Friday, November 18, 2016 with No comments

At MEF16 last week, Accedian and CenturyLink co-presented a proof-of-concept, demoing a solution that delivers end-to-end, real-time network performance and SLA monitoring for international, multi-operator networks. During the event, Converge! Network Digest shot two videos, interviewing Accedian and CenturyLink for a closer look at the solution and the technology that enables it. These videos are highlighted below, with links to watch them on YouTube.


CenturyLink’s Drew Flechig describes how, by partnering with Accedian, CenturyLink was is able to achieve end-to-end, real-time network performance and SLA monitoring over its international, multi-operator network footprint, using its own production services along with advanced, virtualized instrumentation orchestrated through a real-time customer portal.

Flechig said that assuring quality of services globally is challenging, especially when it involves working through multiple carriers internationally. The overlay solution developed with Accedian covers the full performance lifecycle, including service activation testing (SAT), performance monitoring, and troubleshooting. It's used by CenturyLink's operations, internal support, and repair teams. CenturyLink also uses data collected by the solution to provide real-time monitoring, and automated ticketing to customers. Essentially, it acts as a proactive monitoring and management solution globally for the operator.


Accedian’s Greg Spear explains how the proof-of-concept with CenturyLink uses MEF principles alongside standards-based network equipment to provide quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) metrics key to delivering a Carrier Ethernet network. Working with Accedian and other vendors, CenturyLink came up with a recipe to deliver Carrier Ethernet services reliably and efficiently in network regions where it was very difficult to do so in the past.

Spear notes that the solution makes use of MEF principles alongside different types of standards-based network equipment to provide the quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) metrics that are key to delivering a Carrier Ethernet network. Importantly, the solution enables SAT and service level agreement (SLA) validation for both Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks, using standards-based test methods.