Net Optics intros 10-GbE monitoring systems for telecom and data center networks

Nov. 4, 2009
The Net Optics Director Xstream and iLink Agg Xstream platforms enable more cost-effective monitoring of the increasing volume of traffic on 10G network links, says the company.

November 4, 2009 -- Net Optics, Inc., a provider of intelligent network monitoring access systems, recently introduced its Net Optics Xstream line of products for high-performance telecom and data center networks.

The company maintains that, as today’s telecom and data center networks deliver more services and carry greater amounts of multi-protocol traffic - mixing voice, video and data simultaneously - networks are rapidly being upgraded to high-speed 10G links to handle the skyrocketing traffic load. Increased security threats and tighter regulatory compliance requirements further complicate network operations; maintaining network security and performance in this environment means monitoring more points in the network, for more detailed information, at 10G line speeds. As a result, monitoring tools are often oversubscribed and multiple groups with various responsibilities compete for use of the tools and access points.

The company says the Net Optics Director Xstream and iLink Agg Xstream platforms enable more cost-effective monitoring of the increasing volume of traffic on 10G network links. This capability enables customers to maintain the performance and security of applications and services while reducing capex costs and improving operational efficiency.

“Monitoring access is no longer a luxury, but a network performance and security necessity that must be built in the basic network architecture as a monitoring platform and not a series of disparate point products,” comments Dennis Carpio, director of product innovation at Net Optics, Inc. “With our new Director and iLink Agg Xstream solutions, we’re providing a monitoring access bridge as our telecom and enterprise customers expand their 10G deployments. This will help them ensure the highest levels of performance for business-critical applications and services over their high-bandwidth networks, while reducing capex and opex burdens from already taxed IT departments.”

Net Optics says the Director Xstream and iLink Agg Xstream enable the deployment of an intelligent, flexible and efficient monitoring access platform for 10G networks. The platforms enable a pool of 10G and 1G tools to be deployed across a large number of 10G network links, with remote, centralized control of exactly which traffic streams are directed to each tool.

The Net Optics Xstream products enable organizations to see more traffic with fewer monitoring tools, relieve oversubscribed 10G monitoring tools, share tools and data access among groups without contention and centralize data monitoring in the network operations center. Unique to Director Xstream is TapFlow filtering technology, which enables organizations to select traffic of interest for each tool based on protocols, IP addresses, ports, and VLANs.

Additional features of the platforms, according to the company, include: 24 x10 Gigabit ports with configurable port mapping; platform aggregates 20 links to 4 tools (iLink Agg Xstream); L2/4 filtering capabilities (Director Xstream only); remote access through management port / SNMP v3; device neutral capability (can be used with analyzers or security tools); dual power for redundancy (hot-swappable); RMON statistics for each port; available in 10/100/1000 copper or Gig SX and LX and 10G SR and LR; 19” Rack mount 1U chassis.

The Net Optics Director Xstream and iLink Agg Xstream will be available in the fourth quarter of 2009. Pricing for Director Xstream is $47,500. Pricing for iLink Agg Xstream is $33,500. Net Optics demonstrated the new products at last month's Supercomm 2009 in Chicago.

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