Agilent Offers Scalability with New Data Networking Test Products

6/3/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced multiple products with unmatched scalability for testing network security and content-networking devices, routing, packet forwarding, optical transport, and storage area networking. The new products enable network equipment manufacturers and service providers to replace large collections of network and test equipment with just a few test ports. These wireline test solutions are being demonstrated at Agilent booth no. 21947 as well as at the booths of Avici, Cisco, Hyperchip, the Metro Ethernet Forum and the MPLS/Frame Relay Alliance.

Agilent's test products can simulate large networks while generating traffic from multiple simulated network devices at the same time. Using this test methodology, real-world performance limitations can be identified quickly and cost-effectively, enabling the development of highly scalable network equipment and services.

"It's like having the Internet in a box," said Dave Bass, general manager and vice president of Agilent's Data Networks Division. "Each of our products allows customers to replace a huge testbed of expensive equipment with just a few test ports, enabling them to measure the number of users that can be supported and the scalability and reliability of services such as layer-2 VPNs and Ethernet over SONET."

Agilent is demonstrating the following new products at Supercomm:

The Agilent N4180A Network Tester, which allows Internet-scale testing of network security devices such as firewalls; and content-networking devices including content switches and SSL accelerators. Complementing the industry-leading Agilent RouterTester product family, the Agilent Network Tester scales to hundreds of ports and millions of sessions, emulating millions of clients and servers. More information on this product is available at

The Agilent RouterTester 900 virtual private LAN service (VPLS) test solution is unique in its ability to simulate very large networks -- replacing the need for expensive test beds -- and to measure the traffic forwarding performance of VPLS-enabled routers. Intelligent topology creation allows RouterTester 900 users to easily define large VPLS topologies, to automatically generate VPLS traffic and to make traffic measurements across these topologies. More information on this product is available at

The following products complement the high-scalability, network-simulation Agilent test solutions exhibited at Supercomm:

The new Routing XS cards for the Agilent RouterTester 900, with extended scalability, including performance up to two times that of existing Routing cards. The Routing XS cards allow emulation of up to 2000 BGP peers per card, with similar performance increases for OSPF and RIP. Interfaces currently available in Routing XS models include 10/100 Ethernet (4-ports), Gigabit Ethernet, OC3c/12c POS, and OC48c POS. More information is available at

The Agilent OmniBER XM, for the functional emulation and analysis of multi-port, multi-channel, next-generation data-over-SONET equipment. The OmniBER XM can simultaneously emulate up to 192 channels per 10 Gb/s OC-192 SONET port, with typical test systems scaling to thousands of channels. It is the only SONET/SDH network simulator offering simultaneous multi-channel, multi-port support for mixed mappings, error/alarm burst generation, APS service-disruption time measurement, and post-APS connectivity check. More information is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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