Net Optics provides new link aggregators for converged networks

AUGUST 28, 2007 -- Link Aggregators are reliable, passive, in-line devices that do not introduce a point of failure, claim company representatives. Full-duplex traffic--including layer 1 and 2 errors--is forwarded to monitoring tools for comprehensive performance and security analysis.

AUGUST 28, 2007 -- Net Optics Inc. (search for Net Optics) recently released a new family of link aggregator products, which it claims provides a new level of visibility for monitoring network performance and security threats by providing four separate monitoring ports in a single device. Each port is capable of seeing 100% of data, voice, and video traffic from up to four network or eight Span ports.

New features include support for 10/100 Zero Delay technology, interfaces for 10/100/1000 (Triple-speed) Span or in-line, and Gigabit fiber network speeds.

Additionally, the use of small-form factor pluggable (SFP) monitor port interfaces gives the option to utilize existing equipment, regardless of its NIC type, say company representatives. For example, the increased flexibility allows Gigabit copper, fiber transceivers, or a combination of both to be deployed in any of the four monitoring ports.

"This new family of Link Aggregators addresses our customers' needs to consolidate their monitoring requirements into a single 1U-high device," explains Trent Fierro, marketing manager at Net Optics. "We've also delivered on our promise to provide a variety of interface types that our customers need for today's networks, while delivering future flexibility," he reports.

As with all Net Optics Products, Link Aggregators are reliable, passive, in-line devices that do not introduce a point of failure, claim company representatives. Full-duplex traffic--including layer 1 and 2 errors--is forwarded to monitoring tools for comprehensive performance and security analysis.

Combined with monitoring tools, this family of completely passive Link Aggregators creates a versatile test system for improved network visibility and network performance management, says the company. Dedicated access to network links also eliminates the downtime required to relocate or deploy required monitoring tools specific to data, voice, or video traffic analysis. IT staff can now share a common access point that enables a collaborative approach to monitoring converged networks, say Net Optics representatives.


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