EXFO debuts next-generation Fibre Channel test module

June 14, 2004
June 14, 2004 Quebec City, Canada--EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc., is launching the Packet Blazer FTB-8520 Fibre Channel test module for the installation, commissioning and maintenance of storage area networks (SANs).

June 14, 2004 Quebec City, Canada--EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc., is launching the Packet Blazer FTB-8520 Fibre Channel test module for the installation, commissioning and maintenance of storage area networks (SANs).

The next-generation Packet Blazer SAN module, which is contained inside EXFO's FTB-400 Universal Test System, sets a new standard for Fibre Channel field-testing solutions. It provides technicians with FC-0, FC-1 and FC-2 level testing capabilities, while supporting full-line rate traffic generation at 1 Gbit/sec and 2 Gbits/sec. Key features like buffer-to-buffer credit estimation and round-trip latency qualification enable both configuration and performance management, thus rendering the FTB-8520 an essential test module for deploying and optimizing SAN-based services. The FTB-8520 also measures highly accurate bit-error rate values that reflect the quality of SAN transmission systems.

The Packet Blazer SAN FTB-8520 shares the same intuitive smart user interface as its predecessor, the FTB-8515, which allows for simple configuration and customization of test routines as well as real-time and historical performance reporting.

"The addition of the next-generation Packet Blazer SAN test module to EXFO's protocol-layer product portfolio provides our customers with a highly comprehensive suite of test solutions for metro and access network deployments," said Benoit Fleury, EXFO's vice president of Protocol-Layer Product Management and Business Development. "Combined with the current 10/100/1000 Mbit/sec Ethernet (FTB-8510) and SONET/SDH (FTB-8000) offerings, the FTB-8520 further extends EXFO's leadership in the networking test market."

The FTB-8520 Packet Blazer SAN test module will be showcased at booth 10602 during SuperComm 2004, June 22-24, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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