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Agilent data networking test products replace need for large collection of test equipment

Agilent Technologies Inc. today introduced multiple products at Supercomm for testing network security and content-...


June 2, 2003  


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Agilent Technologies Inc. today introduced multiple products at Supercomm for testing network security and content-networking devices, routing, packet forwarding, optical transport, and storage area networking.

The products enable network equipment manufacturers and service providers to replace large collections of network and test equipment with just a few test ports.

The company says its test products can simulate large networks while generating traffic from multiple simulated network devices at the same time. Using this test methodology, real-world performance limitations can be identified quickly and cost-effectively, enabling the development of highly scalable network equipment and services, the company says.

“It’s like having the Internet in a box,” said Dave Bass, general manager and vice president of Agilent’s Data Networks Division.

Agilent is demonstrating the following products at the conference in Atlanta:

* The Agilent N4180A Network Tester, which allows Internet-scale testing of network security devices such as firewalls; and content-networking devices including content switches and SSL accelerators;

* The Agilent RouterTester 900 virtual private LAN service (VPLS), which replaces the need for expensive test beds;

* Routing XS cards for the Agilent RouterTester 900, with extended scalability, including performance up to two times that of existing routing cards, and

* The Agilent OmniBER XM, for the functional emulation and analysis of multi-port, multi-channel, next-generation data-over-SONET equipment.