Anritsu has launched the new MT1100A Network Master Flex, a portable transport tester for optical networks which can measure client signals at data rates up to 100Gb/s and which is suitable for testing the next generation of 400Gb/s network equipment. At the same time, Anritsu has introduced a number of upgrades to the MT1000A, launched in July 2014, including support for high-speed Fibre Channel and enhanced Ethernet testing.
With the continuing need for higher speed and higher capacity network links and higher speed data centres, driven by cloud computing and transport of more data intensive content, the test and measurement industry is driven to develop new field test tools to ensure full performance of these networks and the corresponding technologies as they are deployed in live networks. 100Gbp/s data links are becoming fully operational and integrated into mainstream network links, and leading edge links are now being deployed to 400Gb/s.
Specifically designed for this market need of high speed network testing in the field, the versatile all-in-one transport tester MT1100A is a modular platform with a choice of three plug-in modules. The MU110010A module supports Optical Transport Network (OTN), Ethernet, SDH/SONET, PDH/DSn and Fibre Channel measurements at speeds from 1.5Mb/s to 10Gb/s. The MU110011A module extends this capability up to a maximum data rate of 100Gb/s. The third, MU110012A, module supports OTN and Ethernet at speeds from 40Gb/s to 100Gb/s, meeting the needs of engineers testing equipment and infrastructure used by large-capacity trunk core networks and metro networks.
The MT1100A offers a four-port configuration which provides for the simultaneous evaluation of 100Gb/s OTN and Ethernet signals – a first for this class of all-in-one measuring instrument. Furthermore, the four-port capability enables the MT1100A, when equipped with two MU110012A modules simultaneously, to support 400Gb/s (that is, 4x100Gb/s) network client signal tests, a valuable capability for equipment and component manufacturers developing the next generation of core network equipment.
The MT1100A transport tester is battery-powered for easy portability and operation both on-site and in back office. It features an easy-to-read, large 12.1” colour LCD and may be operated via a front touch panel, as well as remotely via an internet connection. These capabilities, when combined with simultaneous four-port operation, have been designed specifically to make the work of the optical network installation and maintenance technicians more efficient.
Jonathan Borrill, Director of Marketing at Anritsu (EMEA), said: “The new MT1100A is the world’s first true field portable transport network tester to be able to generate the Ethernet and SDH/SONET client signals needed for testing the traffic carried on OTN circuits at speeds up to 100Gb/s. As a result, OTN evaluations can be performed in a near-to-live test environment to easily troubleshoot and test the causes of communications error on OTN, Ethernet, SDH/SONET and Fibre Channel networks.”
The new MT1100A takes its place alongside the recently launched MT1000A in Anritsu’s line-up of optical network testers for installation and maintenance professionals. Anritsu’s new enhancements to the MT1000A include the ability to test Fibre Channel links up to 10Gb/s. This means that operators with Fibre Channel systems in Storage Area Networks (SAN), alongside other transport technologies such as OTN, Ethernet, and SDH/SONET, can use the MT1100A alone to meet all their field testing needs. Anritsu has also added new features to strengthen the diagnostic capabilities of the MT1000A. For instance, a new IP Channel Statistics feature allows the user to identify error streams, top talkers, and network attacks, as well as to troubleshoot Ethernet and IP network issues more deeply. For advanced Ethernet troubleshooting the MT1100A now captures live traffic frames that can be analysed using the Wireshark protocol analysis software, displaying the details on the MT1100A’s own screen or on a PC.