Ipitek’s Internet Media Transport division (IMTRAN) has introduced its latest version of Node Wizard Network Management Software for tier 1 MSOs. The software is designed to support a growing business data MAN that utilizes the company’s MSP Series of GigE and 10 GigE carrier-centric switches. The software is designed to provide a complete OSS solution and to automate the tasks of rapidly adding nodes, links, end-to-end service level provisioning, and testing capability by including node-level layer-2 auto-discovery in its Ethernet devices and treating VLAN-based parameters as end-to-end per circuit service variables.

The system is based on a client-server Windows OS with a JAVA browser client and SQL database that stores all managed parameters. Color-graphical and tabular screens depicting network, node, point, and circuit level views are enhanced and tuned for multi-rate, multiport network elements. Pull-down dialog box provisioning, equipment and circuit inventory reporting, event history tracking, and physical and frame layer statistics-based performance monitoring are also added. The software features an IEEE.802-based and ITU OAM standards-based link layer and end-to-end circuit assurance testing for automated and manual craft use from any server connected Node Wizard client PC on the maintenance LAN. Device swap-out is facilitated with device-level synchronized software updating tasks.

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