SDH and PDH monitoring with traffic grooming functionality
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The OptiCop Converger family of monitoring access optimizers provides out-of-band, high bandwidth, any-to-any data monitoring access for legacy and converged networks in Carrier, Enterprise, and Government applications. The non-intrusive access optimizes tool port usage and enables network operators to implement management and assurance strategies related to the overall performance of the services being delivered, without degrading the service or distorting the results. While the main features and functions are the same across all OptiCop Convergers, each series within the family supports different transport technologies and line speed.
SONET/SDH and T1/E1 circuits remain the only ubiquitous WAN standards around the globe. The OptiCop T-Series Convergers provide functionality similar to a Digital Cross-Connect System (DCS) at a fraction of the cost and use significantly less footprint. While SONET/SDH enables operators to flexibly and efficiently utilize network bandwidth by multiplexing services, each service needs to be measured independently relative to the expectations of the customer. OptiCop Converger provides a means to extract traffic of interest and leverage existing investment in test and monitoring tools.
The T-Series OptiCop Converger systems can be configured to meet the most demanding applications, with the ability to monitor SONET/SDH and T-Carrier/PDH circuits ranging from T1/E1 to OC-3/STM-1 through OC-48/STM-16. Broadband grooming (OC-n, STS-n, VC-4, and VC-3) comes standard with any T-Series system and can be optionally equipped with Wideband (VC-11 and VC-12) and Narrowband (64 Kbps timeslot) functionality. The T-Series OptiCop Converger can monitor multiple circuits in either half or full duplex scenarios and will operate in conjunction with Automatic Protection Switching, ensuring monitoring applications always have the access they need.
The T-Series OptiCop Converger is available in two models, the T-1200 and the T-2400, supporting 12 and 24 optical/copper interfaces respectively. Optional support for up to 256 discrete T1/E1 interfaces is offered on the T-1200. The table below illustrates example port configurations available.
Load balancing to overcome tool limitations
Interface conversions to leverage existing tools
Multi-layer filtering to access only data of interest
Remote monitoring and tool sharing to reduce CAPEX