NetScout has released what it calls the first eight-port monitoring solution for T1/E1 wide area networks. The high-density probe, the nGenius Eight-Port T1/E1 Probe, is designed to let enterprises monitor and manage the performance of applications in lower-speed WAN segments where performance and cost containment are top requirements.
The probe is designed to handle the complexity of T1/E1 lines, which are often allocated across multiple sites through the use of virtual circuits. Each virtual circuit is designated by specific DLCI, or packet identifier, that directs traffic through the public infrastructure instead of a single, dedicated line. The NetGenius solution discovers and tracks all types of activity occurring with each DLCI, and provides analysis on what it finds.
nGenius Probes perform real-time monitoring of all types of standard, Web-based and complex applications. Application flow statistics are presented in both physical and logical business views of network activity and in the context of other key technologies deployed such as VPNs and QoS.
"T1/E1 circuits are used extensively by enterprises to connect their corporate data centers with remote offices, customers, partners and vendors," Michael Szabados, senior vice president of product operations for NetScout Systems said in a statement. "These segments often carry critical CRM, ordering and supply chain transactions, and will increasingly be a prime conduit for IP voice and video. This probe covers up to eight T1/E1 trunks, reconciles traffic between redundant trunks, and breaks out applications delivered within each of the T1's virtual circuits that allocate bandwidth across multiple locations. Customers can fully and proactively manage application and network performance for dozens of remote sites using this probe."
The nGenius Eight Port T1/E1 Probe, also available in T1D/E1D (demarc) configurations, starts at $29,995 and is available today.