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May 09, 2011
Net Optics' Solutions Provide Network Access and Monitoring for InteropNet

Provider of intelligent access and monitoring solutions Net Optics (News - Alert) has announced that a wide range of its solutions will provide mission-critical network access and monitoring for the InteropNet -- the dedicated Interop (News - Alert) network -- as part of an integrated access monitoring platform.

The company’s new Phantom Virtual Tap, Director family of solutions, HD Tap and Indigo Pro platform are fundamental components of the InteropNet platform, according to organizers of Interop, a comprehensive independent IT event.

A major feature that is deployed only during the event itself, InteropNet is built by Interop in collaboration with innovative vendors and volunteers. Together, they create a totally interoperable network built on forefront technology.

Moreover, the InteropNet is a paradigm advance that is said to reflect the “highest levels of design, deployment and multi-vendor management” of a converged network.

“Over the past two years, visibility into the Cloud has been a central issue within the InteropNet -- and with solutions from Net Optics, we're finally able to address this issue,” said Lenny Heymann, general manager at Interop.

Glenn Evans, Chief Engineer of InteropNet, said that Net Optics equipment gives them the ability to look into our IPv4 and IPv6 network traffic, particularly when they have network issues, and allows them to troubleshoot and rectify any problems.

“Building a network from scratch, which employs dozens of vendors providing different equipment, requires total network visibility -- as a key player in our integrated access and monitoring system, Net Optics provides complete access and visibility into the data running through the network,” Evans said.

Net Optics Director solutions were selected thanks to their universal ability to connect any Gigabit or 10 Gigabit network feed to any monitoring tool, aggregate multiple feeds down to a single pair, and relieve oversubscribed tools through filtering. In addition, they are able to reduce the overall footprint of the InteropNet's monitoring access architecture, and provide remote visibility and control.

Company officials said that InteropNet selected the Indigo Pro management platform due to its ability to provide simple management and monitoring of large numbers of devices through a single console. The solution provides element management, dashboard, and rich graphics capabilities, and also collection and visualization of traffic statistics emitted from Net Optics devices throughout the network.

For virtualized and cloud computing environments, Phantom Virtual Tap is seen as a “breakthrough” in network traffic monitoring. Company officials said that it delivers total visibility into InteropNet traffic and the ability to tap traffic between virtual servers on a physical server.

Company officials said that inclusion of the Phantom Virtual Tap marks the first time InteropNet has featured a suite of Net Optics solutions integrating physical and virtual networks.

“Being selected to sponsor InteropNet for the thirteenth straight year is a testament to the value of Net Optics solutions to some of the best network architects in the world,” said Bob Shaw, president and CEO at Net Optics.

Additionally, Net Optics announced that that it is testing its latest virtualized network monitoring tool with Spirent’s cloud computing and data center solution.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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