Protocol analysers for 16G fibre channel, 10/40G ethernet
By adding FlexPort in its SierraNet family of products, the company has been able to eliminate the need for single-function blades, pods and adapters. FlexPort also allows for the creation of portable, highly compact, extremely flexible, multi-function protocol analysers. Utilising FlexPort, each port-pair can probe both ethernet and fibre channel links up to speeds of 16G on copper or optical cabling.
The company has added integrated 40Gbit/s to its SierraNet platforms, eliminating the risk associated with the additional 8 potential failure points the "octopus" cables create in a test environment. The platforms are come in 1U and weigh 9.5lbs.
The SierraNet M168 and M408 both incorporate a USB3.0 host interface, providing the fast upload speeds. Both devices also use the GIGE Host Interface, eliminating the time and complexity required to configure an analyser via a null-modem cable and hyper-terminal interface.
The SierraNet family has been enhanced with a 1ns time-stamp resolution/accuracy for trace analysis and for timing measurements required for testing high performance SAN products. The family also includes advanced and easy to use Triggers, Filters and Error Injection capabilities with up to 4 sequencers and up to 24 states per sequencer.
The company's latest analysers provide large capture capabilities of up to 64GB and extend this lead even further with dynamic memory allocation. The analysers can dynamically assign up to 32GB of the total recording memory to one port-pair or spread the memory use across all eight ports dynamically based on the traffic profile.
The "Net Protocol Suite", a simple to use and unified software architecture, has been included in the device. In addition to industry standard views like Spreadsheet and Frame Inspector, the Net Protocol Suite has several user-focused enhancements such as trace reassembly of fragmented protocol data (for IP related traffic) and contextual "zero-time" searching and filtering. In comparison, competitive trace views and search capabilities display irrelevant and/or unrelated information along with relevant information leaving the user to guess which items to review.
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