Showing posts with label Testing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Testing. Show all posts

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Spirent launches Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.3) testing

Spirent Communications has updated its flagship security testing solution, CyberFlood, to support Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.3), a new encryption protocol.

Specifically, this newCyberFlood Advanced Fuzzing update provides support for TLS 1.3 draft-19, draft-20, and draft-21.

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the underlying technology that enables secure communication between web browsers and servers on the Internet.

“As the first to market with fuzz testing for TLS 1.3, Spirent is extending its leadership in security testing and validating the way the world communicates,” said David DeSanto, director of products and threat research at Spirent Communications. “The industry is ripe for an encryption protocol update, and our customers are relying on Spirent to provide them with the realistic preemptive intelligence that ensures their TLS 1.3 implementations are stable, reliable and secure before they go to market.”

http://www.spirent.com/security

Friday, September 8, 2017

EXFO's optical spectrum analyzer tests up to 400G

EXFO released its new FTBx-5255 Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) designed for the field testing needs of telecom service providers, internet content providers and network equipment manufacturers.

A key capability of the new OSA is that it supports in-service network testing of the optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) of 100G/200G/400G (Pol-Mux) signals, which means that service providers and ICPs do not have to interrupt their operations to perform these measurements.

EXFO's new OSA also enables in-service network testing of O-band pluggables and L-band transceivers, as well as CWDM spectral analysis.

"Customers have repeatedly expressed a need for a non-intrusive way of measuring OSNR on high-speed networks, to ensure they're meeting customer expectations for quality of service," said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO's Vice President, Test and Measurement. "Our new portable optical spectrum analyzer equips service providers, internet content providers, and NEMs for testing live networks, saving them time and significantly reducing operating expenses while making troubleshooting faster and better. No one else can offer them the ability to address all OSA testing applications with a single module."

The FTBx-5255 is available in EXFO's FTB-2, FTB-2 Pro and FTB-4 Pro portable test platforms as well as in the LTB-8 platform for rackmount and lab applications.

http://investors.exfo.com/releasedetail.cfm?&CompanyID=ABEA-5493A9&ReleaseID=1039332


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Anritsu introduces BERT tester supporting 400/200 GBE

Anritsu Company has introduced its new signal quality analyser (SQA) MP1900A BERT (bit error rate tester) that enables measurement of next-generation PCI Express Gen 4 and 5 buses, as well as the latest 400/200 Gigabit Ethernet networks.

Offering comprehensive interface support, the MP1900A solution is an all-in-one tool designed to provide accurate measurements for the next-generation, high-speed electronic and optical devices and optical transceivers utilised in high-end servers, communications equipment and optical transceivers/modules, including for M2M and IoT applications.

Anritsu's new signal quality analyser MP1900A supports simultaneous multi-channel measurements, PAM4 BER tests and PCI Express link negotiation and is designed to help engineers verify next-generation high-speed interface designs.

The SQA MP1900A BERT allows users to accurately evaluate high-speed interface designs during the early development stage. The products all-in-one extendible platform can be used to measure the performance of network-side interfaces, such as 400/200/100 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as internal PCI Express bus interfaces, and thereby help reduce design evaluation times and costs.

The solution integrates a Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG) that provides typical intrinsic jitter of 115 fs rms and typical Tr/Tf of 12 ps, while total peak-to-peak jitter is typically no more than 6 ps and typical input sensitivity for the internal error detector (ED) is 15 mV.

The solution additionally offers multiple features designed to further improve testing accuracy and efficiency, notably a link negotiation function that provides support for high-speed digital interface standards that allows connection of the MP1900A to the DUT for enhanced bus interface evaluation. Engineers can use this function to conduct PCI Express Gen 4/5 testing, LTSSM status analysis, jitter generation and CM/DM (common mode/differential mode) noise injection.

Additionally, MP1900A provides a jitter measurement function for evaluating signal integrity, while the 10Tap emphasis function and equaliser function can be utilised to characterise test signals according to transmission path loss.


Anritsu's SQA MP1900A BERT can be configured with peripheral equipment to increase measurement capabilities. Specifically, an integrated solution featuring the MP1900A can support generation of the 32 and 64 Gbaud PAM4 signals required for 200 and 400 Gigabit Ethernet measurements, BER measurements, jitter and amplitude noise injection and emphasis addition.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Spirent supports testing of New H3C 100 GBE switch

Spirent Communications, a supplier of network test and measurement solutions, announced that it supported New H3C in conducting what is believed to be the highest density 100 Gbit/s data centre switch test.

Spirent also announced it had partnered with the China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to demonstrate automated testing of virtual core networks.

100 Gbit/s switch testing

The test, completed by Spirent and the New H3C Group and moderated by independent test lab Network Test, demonstrated the line-rate forwarding capacity and hyper-scale IP route announcement capacity of the H3C S12500X-AF chassis loaded with 100 Gbit/s ports and achieving a density of 768 x 100G ports per chassis. The S12500X-AF switch can support 48 x 100 Gbit/s QSFP28 pluggable optical modules per slot.

The test involved Spirent TestCenter and the N11U chassis, representing Spirent's flagship network performance test solution, equipped with the high density dX3 12-port 100 Gbit/s test modules designed to verify next-generation data centre architectures and routers.

For the testing, Spirent TestCenter generated 100 Gbit/s line-rate transaction traffic of various frame lengths and provided packet loss, latency, jitter, frame sequence, code errors and FCS error analytics to reflect the quality of transmission in real time.

The Spirent dX3 quint-speed test module can support twelve 100 or 40 Gbit/s ports per slot, 25 x 50 Gbit/s ports, or 48 x 25/10 Gbit/s ports per slot. It also supports key interface features such as FEC, auto-negotiation and Link Training. The module can be used to verify data plane QoS for hyper-dense network devices at line-rate, and for testing complex routing, data centre and access protocols on switches and routers.

Virtual core network testing

Separately Spirent announced a collaboration with the China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to demonstrate automated testing of virtual core networks at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai. Spirent noted that the demonstration is part of a joint effort to develop a methodology for automated testing of the functionality and performance of the China Mobile TIC (Telecom Infrastructure Cloud).

The partners plans to incorporate the test methodology into an automated testing system developed by CMRI to speed testing of services in operational virtual core networks and to form part of the complete vEPC environment developed by CMRI.

At MWC, Spirent has provided the test engines for the demonstration, including the virtualised mobile core network emulation and performance testing tool, Landslide Virtual, and the automated testing platform, iTest. The solutions automate performance and functionality tests used to develop, spin-up and monitor the vEPC. In addition, devops models have been developed for the test methodologies, allowing tests to be automated and incorporated into the virtualised network.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Enea launches lightweight virtualisation platform for the network edge

Enea of Sweden, a supplier of network software platforms, has announced the introduction of Enea NFV Access, a lightweight virtualisation platform designed for customer premise deployment at the network edge.

Enea NFV Access is optimised to provide a minimal footprint, high throughput solution for virtual network functions (VNFs) running in KVM and Docker containers. NFV Access supports both ARM and x86 white box solutions, enabling operators and service providers to address a range of price and performance points while utilising a common platform and management interfaces.

Enea's NFV Access is designed to meet the specific requirements of enabling virtualisation on edge devices, eliminating the need for a full OpenStack deployment to provide a lightweight platform. The solution, along with VNFs, can run on as few as two cores without limiting throughput or performance, while support for container virtualisation enhances VNF density and reduces total system footprint.

In addition, NFV Access allows mixing of containers and virtual machines on the same platform, enabling both greater flexibility and offering a migration path from VMs to containers.

The key components of Enea NFV Access include virtualisation via KVM and Docker, optimised vSwitch, a full FCAPS management solution, VNF lifecycle management, service function chaining (SCF) capacity and an optimised data plane supporting 10 Gbit/s line rate from VMs and containers. The solution also features open, standards-based interfaces, making it hardware agnostic and fully portable, offering interoperability with popular VNFs.

NFV Access supports VNF lifecycle management and service function chaining via a range of northbound interfaces, including NetConf, Rest, OpenStack and Docker, which can either interface orchestration directly, or interface to a control node in a central office or point-of-presence (PoP). This functionality enables the solution to be integrated with existing networks and orchestration solutions, simplifying virtualisation of network functions at the edge.

In combination with the company's previously announced NFV Core platform, Enea now addresses three vCPE deployment scenarios: central office and PoP via NFV Core; customer premise deployment with Enea NFV Access; and distributed scenarios by combining both platforms.


  • Recently, Enea, together with China Mobile, ARM and Cavium, announced an agreement to collaborate in the China Mobile Open NFV Testlab via Enea's OPNFV-based NFV Core platform and Cavium's ARM-based ThunderX workload-optimised data centre server processors. The work was to include validation of NFV tests cases such as vCPE, vBRAS, vEPC and vIMS and support for Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP).
  • In April this year, Enea unveiled its NFV Core deployment-ready NFV software platform targeting central office virtualisation at the network edge.

Monday, May 22, 2017

EXFO introduces tunable CWDM OTDR module

EXFO, the network test, monitoring and analytics company, announced the launch of the FTB-740C-CWDM product, a tunable optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) for testing all 18 ITU-defined CWDM channels using the compact FTB-1 platform and without the need to swap modules.

The new EXFO solution is designed to ensure that multiple-service operators (MSOs) and contractors have the CWDM wavelength required for characterising through multiplexers and demultiplexers (mux/demux) to provide end-to-end link characterisation and troubleshooting for commercial services, C-RAN networks and metro Ethernet deployments.

In addition, EXFO's latest OTDR is designed to scale in line with customer requirements and allows users to start with as few as eight wavelengths. From the base configuration, customers can add further CWDM wavelengths or other fibre characterisation features as required via software update in the field.

Key features of the new FTB-740C-CWDM tunable OTDR include:

1.         18 x CWDM channels covered on a single OTDR port.

2.         Support for in-service testing of active networks.

3.         Offers high-resolution and short dead zones.

4.         Facility to select favourite or imported channels list.


The OTDR is available in standard and Pro models, housed in the FTB-1v2 lightweight and compact test platform, enables field technicians to carry out dedicated optical, Ethernet and multi-service test applications.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

EXFO introduces Universal Virtual Sync software for network latency monitoring

EXFO, the specialist supplier of network test, monitoring and analytics solutions, launched Universal Virtual Sync, a software-based solution designed to enable communications service providers to accurately and cost-effectively measure network latency.

EXFO's new Universal Virtual Sync software tool provides real-time visibility into latency behaviour helps operators improve service quality instantly for applications such as video, VoIP and interactive services, and is also key to assuring the sub-millisecond latency performance necessary for C-RAN, 5G and NFV applications.

The company noted that latency, or delay, can be an issue for subscribers using interactive, real-time applications such as streaming and gaming, and can lead to churn if the quality of experience does not meet expectations. In addition, for service providers latency is difficult to manage and is different for upstream and downstream IP traffic.

These factors means that service providers require a solution that allows them to reliably measure unidirectional latency in order to identify the direction of degradations and the location of excessive or uncontrolled delay. The new EXFO Universal Virtual Sync solution is designed to enable service providers to address this need.


Regarding the new solution, Claudio Mazzuca, EXFO VP of systems and services, commented, "Customers are demanding more bandwidth, better coverage and predictable service performance… so service providers need a strategy for network latency management… EXFO's standards-compliant measurement algorithm is simple to deploy and there is no hardware to install, maintain or upgrade, which delivers capex and opex savings".



Friday, May 5, 2017

Viavi enhances CellAdvisor base station analyser with NB-IoT testing capability

Viavi Solutions, a supplier of network and service enablement solutions and optical security and performance products, has announced its CellAdvisor Base Station Analyzer provides support for the signal analysis required for narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) connectivity.

The new test capability is designed to address the needs of service providers seeking to test the overlay IoT infrastructure that must co-exist with the traditional mobile communications network. Viavi is introducing the upgrade to the CellAdvisor following trials with Tier 1 global service providers and collaborations with network equipment manufacturers.

Viavi noted that the IoT will enable billions of smart devices to maintain low-speed and low-latency connectivity to mobile communications networks via narrowband signals. These networks will need to simultaneously support high-bandwidth applications such as video streaming using wideband signals, creating an inherent conflict between the two usage requirements. As a result network operators require solutions to help manage these disparate connection types.

To meet this need, Viavi has developed software-based NB-IoT testing that can be licensed on existing CellAdvisor handheld instruments, which are in use with major carriers worldwide. The new software feature enhances CellAdvisor solution, which supports RF over CPRI and BBU emulation, in addition to LTE testing and automated interference hunting to help improve operational efficiency.

With the new NB-IoT support, CellAdvisor measures the potential interference and performance impact the NB-IoT signal may have on the LTE wideband signal. It also verifies whether the signal has the reach and coverage required to serve the number of devices in the assigned geographic area, including accounting for criteria such as building penetration.

The capabilities of the CellAdvisor with NB-IoT support include analysis of signal power levels, digital demodulation and interference down to the single PRB (physical resource block) for the signal being measured. The measurements provide customers with in-depth data on how the network is operating in terms of performance, coverage and data traffic capacity, also identifying potential issues related to interference or intermodulation.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

EXFO Names New CEO

EXFO announced the appointment of Philippe Morin as CEO, replacing Germain Lamonde, the company’s founder, who will continue to serve as Executive Chairman.

Morin has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and became EXFO’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in November 2015, leading the company’s global sales, go-to-market and product management initiatives. Before joining EXFO, Morin was Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations at Ciena. He also held senior management positions at Nortel Networks, including President of the Optical Networking Division.

“After founding EXFO in my apartment and serving as its CEO, I am proud of all we have accomplished over nearly 32 years, taking the company from the concept level to global leader and helping the most advanced network operators worldwide implement their strategic transformations,” said Mr. Lamonde. “Having known Philippe for a long time and having worked closely with him on a wide range of initiatives, I am confident he is the right person to take over the day-to-day stewardship of EXFO and that he will receive the full support of the global EXFO team and partners. Our combined strategic vision, industry experience and leadership will create added value for customers and shareholders as we drive EXFO to new heights.”

http://www.exfo.com

Sunday, March 5, 2017

EXFO Acquires Ontology Systems for Network Topology Discovery

EXFO has acquired privately held Ontology Systems, which specializes in real-time network topology discovery and service-chain mapping, for US$7.6 million, net of cash.

UK-based Ontology Systems uses graph-data and semantic searches to build real-time views of network services and related network elements. Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) technologies render communications infrastructures highly agile to deploy new services on the fly. This has created the need for an automated network inventory solution fully integrated with probing agents to accelerate fault discovery, root-cause analysis and eventually closed-loop automation in hybrid physical-virtual environments. The company generated approximately US$4.0 million in revenue during the last 12 months, including sales to tier-1 CSPs. The acquisition is expected to be neutral to EXFO's adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2017 and accretive thereafter.

EXFO said the combination of Ontology Systems' expertise in mapping complex, cross-domain, multi-layer network topologies with its end-to-end service assurance and real-time 3D analytics solutions will deliver a truly comprehensive view across physical, virtual and hybrid networks.

"This strategic acquisition uniquely positions EXFO with agile, real-time visualization and troubleshooting solutions that enable communications service providers (CSPs) to manage their networks more efficiently and ensure heightened quality of experience and scalability for next-generation networks, which will be hybrid in nature for many years to come," said Germain Lamonde, EXFO's Founder, Chairman and CEO. "Combining EXFO's physical and virtual probes and real-time analytics solution, with Ontology Systems' unique mapping methodology, delivers an unmatched value proposition for monitoring and managing next-generation networks. Based on early discussions with CSPs, this new offering is resonating very strongly with them, since they are striving to improve customer experience while becoming more agile and cost-efficient."

http://www.exfo.com

Monday, February 6, 2017

Viavi Ships 400G Testers

Viavi Solutions announced it has sold its ONT-600 400G tester to companies representing a significant cross-section of the high-speed optical networking ecosystem, including Japan's ORIX Rentec; a tier-1 U.S. carrier; two network equipment manufacturers, and chip and module vendors.

Viavi's ONT has the industry's first 400G support to include forward error correction (FEC) and PAM4 modulation. The solution can be used for design, development and validation of 400G technologies including CFP8 pluggable 400G optics.

'We are delighted to deliver comprehensive test, measurement and validation solutions for 400G to leaders throughout the high-speed optical networking ecosystem," said Dr. Paul Brooks, 400G technology lead, Viavi Solutions. "The ONT-600 400G offers all the features needed to deliver 400G to the market today and can scale with a range of future applications to address upcoming challenges such as FlexE, FlexO and future OTN. With numerous demonstrations of interoperability proving its readiness for market, we expect it to accelerate 400G solutions, from integrated chips, to CFP8 modules through to complete systems."

http://www.viavisolutions.com


Monday, January 30, 2017

Keysight to Acquire Ixia for $1.6 Billion

Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent's test and measurement group) agreed to acquire Ixia for $1.6 billion in cash. Ixia shareholders will receive $19.65 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 45 percent to Ixia’s unaffected closing stock price on Dec. 1, 2016, the last trading day prior to media reports that Ixia was considering strategic alternatives, and a premium of approximately 38 percent to the Ixia’s unaffected 52-week high closing stock price for the period ended Dec. 1, 2016.

The companies said their combination brings industry expertise spanning electronic design, device and network validation, and application and security performance. The merged company will offer a unique combination of Layer 1 through 7 end-to-end solutions for assessing performance from the mobile device to the data center and the cloud.

Ixia has a broad IP portfolio that encompasses network communications, visibility, application and security technologies with solutions deeply rooted in software. Additionally, Ixia’s IP includes extensive networking and wireless protocols that will extend Keysight’s position in wireless communications and create a unique combination of Layer 1 through 7 end-to-end solutions that address fast-growing segments of the 5G communications design and test ecosystem.

“The proposed acquisition of Ixia is in direct alignment with our strategy to transform Keysight for growth and is 100 percent complementary to our business,” said Ron Nersesian, Keysight president and CEO. “The combination creates a powerful innovation engine to fuel growth, expands our software-centric solutions and builds new opportunities through sales and technology leverage. Ixia also brings a world-class level of talent, and together, we will provide leading-edge solutions that address the fastest-growing communications and networking trends including 5G, IoT, visibility, security and application performance.”

“We are confident that Keysight is the ideal partner to accelerate our growth initiatives and will continue to build upon our successful 20-year history,” said Bethany Mayer, Ixia president and CEO. “Ixia and Keysight share many of the same values including our dedication to innovation of leading-edge technologies, and commitment to operational excellence and financial discipline, which combine to create value for shareholders. We also have industry leading IP portfolios that are complementary, deep technical prowess and amazing teams. We believe that together, Ixia and Keysight have a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen our market leading positions and create unprecedented value for our customers, partners, employees and shareholders. The transaction also provides Ixia shareholders significant cash value at a substantial premium to market.”

http://www.keysight.com
http://www.ixiacomcom

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ixia and Viavi Debut 400GbE Test System with Forward Error Correction

Ixia is working with Viavi Solutions to showcase the world’s first public interoperability demonstration of a test system running bi-directional 400GbE line rate traffic with RS-544 Forward Error Correction (FEC), as currently defined in the IEEE 802.3bs draft standard.

The demo, which will be shown at next week's ECOC 2016 conference in Düsseldorf, Germany, will show full interoperability of independently developed MAC, PCS, and RS-544 FEC IP by each company, including the critical FEC element that enables 400GbE error-free data packets to be carried over fiber links, on readily available hardware components.

The companies said this demonstration is intended to show that it is now possible to successfully bring products to market that interoperate in accordance with emerging 400GbE standards and are ready for adoption by network equipment manufacturers as well as companies that need to move forward with their 400GbE implementation.

Ixia’s full portfolio of network infrastructure test systems, including the 400GbE test system, offer the same send/receive capabilities on all speed ports, with packet lengths as small as 49B, which is smaller than the minimum Ethernet frame size. It is also capable of sending and receiving a single 400GbE line rate flow at any packet size.

Viavi’s Optical Network Tester (ONT) has been proven in lab testing of 100G components, and now has the industry’s first 400G support to include FEC and PAM4 modulation. Pioneers of the high-speed network ecosystem now have a comprehensive, integrated platform for design, development, and validation of 400G technologies including CFP8 pluggable 400G optics.

“It is a very exciting time in high speed networking technology, and we are delighted to work together with Ixia to demonstrate the first stages of a vibrant and healthy 400GbE ecosystem,” said Paul Brooks, 400G technology lead, Viavi Solutions. “We are all committed to helping our customers successfully bring 400GbE products to market with the confidence that they can interoperate and perform to expectations.”

http://www.ixiacom.com
http://www.viavisolutions.com/en-us

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ixia Posts Q2 Sales of $120 Million

Ixia reported Q2 2016 second quarter revenue of $120.1 million, compared with $131.6 million reported for the 2015 second quarter and $112.7 million reported for the 2016 first quarter. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income for the 2016 second quarter of $1.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the 2015 second quarter, and a net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the 2016 first quarter.

"In the second quarter we achieved revenue at the high-end of our guidance range and delivered solid earnings that were driven by our strong gross margin performance and continued focus on financial discipline. We also generated $25.5 million in cash flow from operations and repurchased $6.9 million of Ixia common stock," said Bethany Mayer, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer. "Leveraging technology unique to Ixia, we have continued to add new capabilities across our test, security, and visibility platforms and have brought new products to market that we believe further expand Ixia’s technology leadership over the competition.”

Ixia also announced the appointment of Patti Key as its senior vice president, global sales. Since August 2014, Key has served as the company’s vice president, sales, Americas. She joined Ixia in February 2008 as vice president, sales, East.  Prior to joining Ixia, Key held several sales and marketing roles with Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard.

https://www.ixiacom.com/

Apptimize Secures $12.4M for Mobile Optimization Platform

Apptimize, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $12.4 million in Series B financing for its optimization platform for A/B testing of mobile apps.

Investors include US Venture Partners,Glynn Capital Management, Goldcrest Investments, Western Technology Investments, Ken Ross, and Twin Gables.

“Mobile continues to be the dominant way consumers want to interact, so it’s important that businesses learn and adapt to customer preferences as quickly as possible,” said Nancy Hua, co-founder and CEO of Apptimize. “Our business customers are top performers in their industries, and have proven that fast iteration and intelligent A/B testing are key to staying competitive and relevant. Our simple and intuitive tools help mobile developers and business teams work together to optimize customer experiences, increase revenue and engagement, improve user ratings, and react quickly to changing trends."

http://www.apptimize.com


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ixia's TrafficREWIND Captures Traffic Patterns for Replay

Ixia announced TrafficREWIND, a new solution that captures traffic patterns from a production network and accurately recreates them in a controlled sand-box environment.

Ixia said the goal of TrafficREWIND is to speed fault isolation and outage resolution with real world testing. The solution leverages the advanced functionality of several of the company’s solutions, including the Vision ONE network visibility solution to capture production network traffic profiles, the BreakingPoint testing platform to replay the traffic in a controlled environment such as a pre-deployment lab or a staged network, as well as Ixia’s Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) technology for advanced threat intelligence.

“Ixia continues to lead the industry in the development of test and visibility technologies that solve complex network challenges,” said Sunil Kalidindi, vice president of product management at Ixia. “We’ve used that expertise to design TrafficREWIND and make it easy for customers to recreate their unique network traffic to quickly identify problems and fix them before there is any significant loss of productivity or potential revenue.”

https://www.ixiacom.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NETSCOUT Debuts Updated Wi-Fi Field Tester

NETSCOUT SYSTEMS introduced its latest AirCheck Handheld Wireless Tester featuring enhancements such as troubleshooting and diagnosing 802.11ac networks, access point backhaul testing, and free access to the Link-Live™ Cloud dashboard for more effective results management.

NETSCOUT said it developed the AirCheck G2 wireless tester to enable front-line IT to quickly and easily identify issues responsible for spotty connections, dead zones, and slow speeds, as well as locating rogue access points and unauthorized devices.

New AirCheck G2 enhancements include:

  • 802.11ac 3×3 radio to support next-generation wireless initiatives
  • Link-Live integration for collaboration, reporting and results management
  • 5” touchscreen display for improved ease-of-use
  • Ethernet tests for AP backhaul verification


http://www.netscout.com/

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ixia Revenues Decline in Q1 to $113 Million

Ixia reported revenue of $112.7 million, compared with $121.0 million reported for the 2015 first quarter and $138.5 million reported for the 2015 fourth quarter. There was a GAAP net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.

"While our results in the quarter were impacted by some near-term headwinds, we remain confident in our product portfolio and go-to-market strategy," said Bethany Mayer, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer. "

https://www.ixiacom.com/

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NETSCOUT Intros Flagship Packet Flow Switch for Carriers

NETSCOUT introduced its new flagship blade and chassis Packet Flow Switch -- the PFS 6010 -- designed for Service Providers who have migrated to 100G networks and require monitoring visibility infrastructure that scales with their networks and allows them to leverage investments in existing 1G or 10G monitoring tools.

The PFS 6010 features a 6Tbps non-blocking fabric architecture with port density from 60 to 600 ports in a single chassis. Advanced packet conditioning capabilities include packet slicing, header stripping and de-duplication to ensure their networks are managed efficiently.

NETSCOUT said its new PFS 6010 solves a critical challenge that organizations managing large networks encounter: scaling access to network traffic with the growing need for service assurance, performance management, application management and additional security systems.

“This is a strategic expansion of our portfolio, enabling packet flow switches to scale to the needs of the world’s largest and most innovative service providers who need application visibility,” said Brian McCann, vice president and general manager of NETSCOUT’s Packet Flow Switch Business Unit. “With 6Tbps performance and up to 600 available ports, the PFS 6010 offers the industry’s most scalable packet flow switch solution, supporting advanced traffic optimization, filtering and flow balancing functionality in a single system that support speeds from 1G to 100G.”

Key features and capabilities of the PFS 6010 include:

  • Massive scalability supports the largest data center and mobile network deployments, with up to 600 ports of 10G or 60 ports of 100G in a single chassis
  • Carrier class reliability and application performance with a non-blocking 6Tbps line rate fabric and fully redundant architecture
  • Advanced flexibility easily accommodates various traffic types and requirements, from 1G to 10G to 40G to 100G, with aggregation, replication, load balancing and advanced packet conditioning functionality
  • Highly modular 15RU 10-slot chassis, where each blade can be selected and deployed based on speeds, port density and functionality required


http://www.netscout.com/product/service-provider/ngenius-6000-series-packet-flow-switch-service-provider/

Friday, January 8, 2016

Tektronix and TE SubCom Partner on Optical Modulation Analysis

Tektronix and TE SubCom will be deploying the industry's first commercially available 70 GHz oscilloscopes using Tektronix patented Asynchronous Time Interleaving (ATI) technology in a coherent optical evaluation program designed to increase throughput of the world's fastest optical submarine network systems.

The new DPO70000SX low-profile oscilloscopes from Tektronix provide a scalable multi-unit configuration for ultra-high frequency signal fidelity needed in optical submarine network designs.  The oscilloscopes leverage the latest IBM 9HP SiGe process combined with ATI technology.

"The race to deploy faster optical communications systems starts with companies like TE SubCom," said Brian Reich, general manager, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. "With our new oscilloscopes and ATI technology, Tektronix is happy to help move the industry forward with such a solid partner."

http://www.SubCom.com
http://www.TE.com

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