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Just two weeks ago, I watched as my I/S department tracked down a problem that showed up first on my machine, but was ultimately common to all the links on a particular line card. During that process, it was blatantly clear that at least an hour could have been saved if they had some of the OAM features (e.g. loopback) available.


The implication in your statement below is that since OAM has never been in the enterprise solution, it does not have value.


OAM is an option. OAM is an option with value. OAM is an option with value, even in the enterprise.




-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Thompson []
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 6:24 PM
To: Booth, Bradley
Subject: Re: [10GBASE-T] EFM OAM...



I would say that since...
        the same entity is likely to own both ends of the link
        both ends of the link are expected to be in the same building.
        both ends of the link are likely to be in the same room
that there is no need for management beyond that required for existing enterprise links.


At 08:32 PM 2/18/2003 -0800, Booth, Bradley wrote:

Study group members,

As some of you may know, EFM (Ethernet in the First Mile or 802.3ah) has added Operation, Administration and Management (OAM) capabilities to their specification.  Like 802.3af DTE power, the study group needs to decide whether or not compliance with 802.3ah is within the scope of our effort, and most specifically the OAM capabilities.  This relates to compatability with our existing standards.  If there is anyone that would like to make presentations for or against compliance with 802.3ah or 802.3ah OAM, please let me know.

Thank you,

Chair, 10GBASE-T Study Group