Glimmerglass intros new tools for remotely managing optical fibers

JANUARY 16, 2007 -- Glimmerglass has announced new versions of its Intelligent Optical Switch family with new features designed to facilitate remotely and automatically creating, monitoring, and protecting fiber connections.

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JANUARY 16, 2007 -- Glimmerglass (search for Glimmerglass) has announced new versions of its Intelligent Optical Switch family with new features designed to facilitate remotely and automatically creating, monitoring, and protecting fiber connections. The new versions deliver fully non-blocking transparent connectivity in the industry's smallest form factor.

A 3.5-inch (2U) package houses as many as 190 fibers and a 7-inch (4U) package supports as many as 380 fibers. The company also announced a new switch management console ¿ enabling centralized management of fiber infrastructure throughout a network.

Optimized for carrier and government mission-critical customers, Glimmerglass's new Release 4.0 enables remote management of multiple complex fiber plant locations. Network administrators can monitor traffic and optical performance throughout their network, detect and isolate failed connections, and configure automatic fail-over paths to route-around broken fibers or problematic line interface electronics from a central location. Other enhancements include additional redundancy and alarm-management options.

The new management console enables multiple Glimmerglass switches to be linked and managed with a single control interface. Using this interface, physical-layer fiber connections are managed from the desktop instead of driving to multiple network locations to manually patch and test fiber connections. As well, the console enables organizations to logically segment a single large switch into multiple virtual switches that can be shared between departments, improving security and saving money.

"As optical fiber deployments continue to grow, carriers face rapidly escalating costs associated with the employment of skilled network technicians to create, monitor and protect fiber-optic connections in a complex fiber plant," said Robert Lundy, CEO and president of Glimmerglass. "Glimmerglass's Intelligent Optical Switch solutions provide a dramatic improvement in operational efficiency."

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