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Agilent releases 10 Gbps test offering for Ethernet

Agilent Technologies Inc. has combined its Network Analyzer software with a new hardware interface card that e...


October 21, 2009  


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Agilent Technologies Inc. has combined its Network Analyzer software with a new hardware interface card that enables communications service providers and network equipment manufacturers to perform real-time expert testing and troubleshooting in 10 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) Ethernet environments.

 

Agilent says it is the only test and measurement vendor to have designed access hardware that “provides 100% packet capture and analysis at 10 Gbps.” 

 

The analyzer provides a suite of tools for dispatched and distributed remote testing of wide area networks, ATM and Ethernet.

 

“The datacomm edge is transforming due to the incredible demand for network bandwidth, therefore the market for this high-speed network technology is beginning to explode,” said Steve Urvik, protocol analysis and diagnostics marketing manager for Agilent’s network solutions division.

 

“Although it is often less expensive and more efficient for service providers to migrate to 10 gigabit networks, the transition can cause justified unease. If a network isn’t configured to handle the traffic flow, the number of customers affected by problems will rise exponentially as will the ultimate impact on revenues. This is why diagnostic tools can’t miss the packets that reveal causes of problems, and must be flexible enough to quickly test any protocol issue.