DWDM technology is enabling exponential growth in transport bandwidth across Metro and Long-haul fiber networks. Despite the fact that these networks represent a tremendous opportunity for cyber intelligence gathering, monitoring access to DWDM networks can be extremely expensive and very complex to manage. Traditionally, determining the network content of all 96 wavelengths within the DWDM C-Band grid required many pieces of equipment and could be a lengthy trial and error process.
The NetQuest I-9196 is the first purpose-built full-duplex DWDM Wavelength Monitoring solution capable of discovering which DWDM C-Band wavelengths are in use and reporting the details of the traffic carried over each of these wavelengths. This includes identification of signaling speeds from 2.5G to 100G and transport technologies including OTN, SONET/SDH and native Ethernet. The details of the discovered DWDM network can be used to direct individual wavelengths to the desired network monitoring tool(s). The colorless wavelength switching fabric within the I-9196 is protocol and speed agnostic making it the perfect choice for intercept and performance management applications.