High Performance Handheld Optical Network Tester Addresses Rapidly Growing Enterprise Sector

20th February 2013
ES Admin

Livingston has added to its range of rental products supporting next generation optical networks by stocking the latest Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) from Fluke Networks. Boasting an extensive feature set, the OptiFiber Pro is the industry’s first OTDR specifically designed to meet the challenges set by modern fiber optic enterprise infrastructure, rather than those of carrier infrastructure.

The OptiFiber Pro has all the functionality needed for troubleshooting campus, data center and fiber based storage networks, as well as enabling rapid fiber certification to be carried out. Its integrated LinkWare™ software assures rapid generation of highly detailed, standard compliant reports. The EventMap view depicts fiber events in a way that means no trace analysis expertise is required by the operative.

The OTDR’s DataCenter mode automates the process of defining test parameters, like wavelength or end-detection algorithms, shortening set-up time and operative training. Its gesture-based user interface (built on a large format multi-touch capacitive touchscreen), markedly enhances productivity, with single-touch tap and swipe control for scrolling menus and selecting options, plus pinch zooms for easy magnification of items on the display. Weighing just 1.28 kg and with an 8 hour battery life, this device is highly portable. Its -18 ºC to 45 ºC operational temperature range allows it to be used in relatively harsh environments.

“With enterprises in need of ever increasing data storage resources and the on-going migration to 40/100Gbit Ethernet data center architectures, maintaining the performance of optical network is crucial,” states Reinier Treur, Marketing Director at Livingston. “Fluke Networks’ OptiFiber Pro is fully optimized to tackle the unique challenges now being set by enterprise fiber networks and Livingston is now in a position to provide this advanced test technology to our European customers on a rental basis.”

Livingston has a broad range of equipment for testing in data centers and enterprise infrastructure. This includes network performance testers, Fiber Channel testers and power quality analysis tools, as well as ultrasonic flow meters and infrared cameras for investigating thermal management and air-cooling issues

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