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September 09, 2008

NetQuest Intros Monitoring Access Optimizer for Ethernet Packet Networks

NetQuest, a manufacturer of test and monitoring access solutions, has launched its E-Series OptiCop 10G Converger, Monitoring Access Optimizer for Ethernet packet networks.
Using the company’s hybrid inspection technology (HIT), the new E-Series provides a means to extract the traffic of interest and leverage existing investments in security and monitoring tools.
HIT is based on pipelined hardware architecture with protocol-specific inspection algorithms defined by software and executed in specialized hardware. According to the company, the approach has been optimized to manage throughput delay and delay variations.
The out-of-band access of the E-Series optimizes tool port usage. This enables enterprises to implement management, assurance and security strategies related to the overall performance of the services being delivered.
Officials said that usually network engineers are challenged with tool constraints such as port and processing limitations, application-specific testing, remote monitoring, and budget.
E-Series provides a solution as it can optimize and separate traffic applications and flows, and then direct them to the appropriate tools. For processing, officials said that only the data of interest will be presented to the monitor system.
Network engineers can also benefit from features such as traffic aggregation, multicasting, load balancing, filtering and routing. Additionally, E-Series systems can access network traffic in one of three configurations. These configurations are one-to-many, many-to-many, or many-to-one.
In each of these configurations, the traffic destined for the monitoring equipment is controlled by the network administrator through the OptiCop 10G Converger’s intuitive menu-driven interface.
Dan Pocek, president and CEO of NetQuest, said that E-Series OptiCop 10G Converger solves common problems for Ethernet network operators by providing multi-layer filtering to give each tool access only to its data of interest.
NetQuest designs, manufactures and markets network access and monitoring products for applications in telecommunications service provider, government, and enterprise networks.
Last month, the company launched the first 10 Gigagbit access tool for packet over SONET/SDH (POS) networks. The new P-Series OptiCop 10G Converger can translate 10G POS traffic into Ethernet traffic to enable service providers to leverage their existing GigE and 10GigE tool investments, and enable test and monitoring access across any network topology.
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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

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