What is Ethernet OAM?

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What is OAM?

OAM stands for Operations, Administration, Maintenance , and Ethernet OAM should be considered as an Ethernet operation management tool.

The original motivation was to “make the carrier easier to manage the Ethernet network to promote Ethernet carrier service, ” but it is also applicable to internal NW etc.IEEE, ITU-T, MEF began to formulate standards for this Ethernet OAM formulation.Finally, the following three are standardized.

  1. EFM OAM (IEEE 802.3ah)
  2. CFM (IEEE 802.1ag / ITU-T Y.1731 etc.)
  3. E-LMI (MEF 16)

Examples of the range of each of EFM OAM, CFM, E-LMI are shown below.

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What is EFM OAM

EFM OAM mainly manages and monitors the state between L2 devices connected directly.Also called Link Fault Management.There is UDLD (UniDirectional Link Detection) as a famous one.(To be exact, it is said that there are ones that use the Ethernet OAM protocol as an implementation of the UDLD function realization.)

IEEE 802.3ah is a standard group for the dissemination of Ethernet carrier services, also known as EFM (Ethernet in First Mile).IEEE802.3ah specifies the optical fiber standards used in FTTH, and the OAM function is also one of the standards within IEEE 802.3ah.

What is CFM

CFM also manages and monitors the L2 connection, but it manages and monitors the L2 connection with multiple L2 devices in between.Also called Connectivity Fault Management.There are L2ping, L2traceroute as famous ones.(This name is not standardized, but using the CFM function, there is a tool with the above name.)

For CFM, IEEE 802.1 and ITU-T / MEF independently developed similar functions.Ultimately, IEEE802.1ag and ITU-T Y.1731 are quite similar, as there are places that have been prepared in line.The main difference is that there are several different terms and Y.1731 has a tool that can perform performance evaluation (performance measurement).

What is E-LMI

E-LMI inherits the concept and role of Frame Relay LMI.Assuming that it interoperates with CFM , the L2 service provider can monitor the state of customer switch (CE – SW: Customer Edge Switch) and automatically send the setting required for CFM.

So, if the customer sets one line in the SW, the CFM setting information is automatically paid out from the service provider, so the tool with the CFM command can be easily used.

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