Fiber Monitoring and Diagnostics

Today’s network environment and the need for secure and smooth transport call for cost-effective, accurate, non-intrusive network visibility to monitor fiber quality, transmission signals and detect faults.

PacketLight’s solution provides consistent and constant monitoring and diagnostics of the fiber - an essential factor in ensuring high quality and uninterrupted transmission, contributing to SLAs.

The solution monitors signal quality and network faults, providing carriers, dark fiber providers and enterprises a strategic asset for real-time network diagnostics. Consequently, maintenance costs are reduced and network reliability is higher as the device detects issues prior to service degradation.

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The five must-haves of Fiber Monitoring and Diagnostics for optical networks: Resilience, Comprehensive, Performance Monitoring, Scalable, Secure

Resilience

PacketLight solution uses an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) and an optical spectrum analyzer (OSA) to detect changes in the fiber characteristics, such as breaks, tapping, and the characteristics of the active channels of the WDM network.

Comprehensive

The device monitors the entire DWDM C-band spectrum and provides the optical spectrum, OSNR, and OTDR measurements of the fiber. The PL-1000D monitors up to eight fiber strands consecutively and operates standalone over dark fiber, lighted fiber, or a third party network without impacting network traffic.

Performance Monitoring

As the scale and capacity of the transported data grows, so the health of the DWDM fiber link and the traffic it carries must be monitored, including alerts. PacketLight’s embedded high-level performance monitoring (PM) solution provides full visibility on the fiber infrastructure and health of the transported data. This reduces the costs and time associated with deploying technicians to the field with dedicated test equipment.  

Scalable

PacketLight solutions are a highly integrated cost-effective 1U. The devices form a multi-chassis which can expand at any for additional fiber monitoring based on the capacity of fibers per node. They are easy to install, enable fast network deployment, take up minimal rack space and have low power consumption, significantly reducing OPEX and CAPEX.

Secure

The solution works in combination with embedded Layer-1 encryption to protect data across the fiber, performing GCM-AES-256 encryption on Layer-1 without any degradation to the bandwidth of GbE/10/40/100Gb Ethernet and 1/2/4/8/16/32G Fibre channel services. The encryption solution complies with NIST FIPS 140-2 standards and Commercial National Security Algorithm (CNSA) Top Secret Suite 2015 requirements for GbE/10/40/100Gb Ethernet. This enables carriers to offer secured infrastructure to customers that demand high level of confidentiality.

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