MARCH 10, 2009 -- Net Optics, Inc. (search Lightwave for Net Optics) has announced what it describes as the industry's first link aggregator for efficient monitoring access in 10-Gbps networks. The new aggregator features a modular design using SFP+ transceivers for both network and monitoring ports to provides maximum compatibility with different media types including SR, LR, and ER, as well as copper and fiber 1-Gbps interfaces.
The Net Optics 10G/1G Link Aggregator enables traffic to be aggregated from as many as 10 links with any mix of 1 Gigabit copper, 1 Gigabit fiber, and 10 Gigabit fiber links, Span ports, and monitoring tools. Both singlemode and multimode fiber are supported.
Bob Shaw, Net Optics president and CEO, commented, "Early adopters of 10-gigabit network technology, such as telcos, service providers, and the financial sector, are looking for ways to leverage their monitoring tools across many high-speed links. We responded to their need with our new 10G/1G Link Aggregator, which enables as many as 10 links to be monitored by a single tool."
The Net Optics 10G/1G Link Aggregator includes four identical monitor ports, enabling multiple tools or groups to monitor the same information without conflict. The 1U-high rack-mount unit is also designed for easy deployment. Net Optics says users can simply plug it in and start monitoring the data, as no configuration or device management is necessary. The new device automatically performs data rate and media conversions between the different types of network and monitor ports, enabling 10-Gbps tools to be used efficiently across multiple 1-Gbps and low-utilization 10-Gbps links as well as existing 1-Gbps tools to be used on 10-Gbps links.
Two models of the 10G/1G Link Aggregator are available; one uses universal AC power and another accepts -48V DC as found in telco equipment rooms. Both models include redundant power supplies to ensure maximum uptime.
The Net Optics 10G/1G Link Aggregator will available through the company, as well as from authorized reseller partners. Pricing starts at $19,500.
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