Digital Lightwave introduces Network Impairment Observer (NIO) test management software

OCTOBER 21, 2009 -- The NIO application, part of a managed test system, allows users to monitor, control, and manage up to 30 Digital Lightwave network interface card products.

OCTOBER 21, 2009 -- Digital Lightwave Inc., a provider of optical networking test equipment and technology, has announced its Network Impairment Observer (NIO) software. The NIO application, a key part of a managed test system, allows users to monitor, control, and manage up to 30 Digital Lightwave network interface card (NIC) products (NIC 2.5G, NIC 10G, NIC NXG, NIC GigE, NIC Plus, NIC EP).

Using NIO, a single user can monitor the status of multiple NICs simultaneously, view detailed reports of alarms and errors, and set up thresholds for automatic alerts. The company claims NIO provides a snapshot of network health in real time, allowing the user to correlate alarm and error indications and enabling faster troubleshooting, reducing downtime, and reducing the cost of network maintenance.

"NIO fills a need that our customers have requested for a long time," says Mike Botham, director of engineering at Digital Lightwave. "Our NIC products are broadly deployed in networks around the world. Adding the capability of correlate alarms and errors in multiple locations can greatly improve the speed and accuracy of troubleshooting, resulting in significant time and money saved."

Alarms can be filtered by user-assigned severity levels -- minor, major, and critical. Errors can be filtered by user-assigned error-rate thresholds. The user interface includes advanced sorting and filtering so that the user can display exactly the information desired. A remote GUI can be launched for any NIC that is connected, enabling full control of any NIC product remotely.

Digital Lightwave will display its NIO software, along with its complete line of network test equipment and technology, at Supercomm 2009 in Chicago, Oct. 21-23.


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