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EXFO Launches Portable iPro Intelligent Network Analysis Probe

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March 23, 2012

EXFO Launches Portable iPro Intelligent Network Analysis Probe

By Anamika Singh
TMCnet Contributor


EXFO (News - Alert) Inc. launched the portable version of its iPro Intelligent Network Analysis Probe, which provides telecom, finance, security and IT professionals with high-performance capture and data processing  unit  for 10/100 Mbit/s, 1 Gbit/s or 10 Gbit/s Ethernet networks.

EXFO Inc. is the provider of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry.

iPro is an ideal tool for telecom, finance, security organizations and IT professionals needing a reliable, high-performance capture and data processing system for 10/100 Mbit/s, 1 Gbit/s or 10 Gbit/s Ethernet networks.

iPro supports full-line-rate packet filtering and processing even with multiple 10G Ethernet interfaces regardless of packet size. With peak recording speed up to 10 Gbit/s, this network analysis probe provides a reliable platform for different IP network operations.

With next-generation mobile network architectures such as LTE (News - Alert), field-testing teams must capture 100 to 1000 times more data than with legacy technologies. The rack-mounted iPro probe can capture all the data from the live network. However, when troubleshooting network issues, the needed detail may not be accessible due to lack of probe coverage in a remote analysis. The engineer then need to travel on-site to capture the data from the specific part of the network that needs examination and it  requires a portable capture device.

iPro is a non-intrusive, passive capture system that can be used in any Ethernet IP network. It can perform network monitoring, troubleshooting and network forensics to help solve problems related to IP flow, transaction analysis and security.

iPro can be fully configured, managed and run through either CLI or a Web-based GUI (SSH/HTTPS). All data from networks connected to iPro’s ports are captured to the system memory and may be recorded to internal hard drives. A flexible front-end with SFP/SFP+ modules allows users to connect to different types of interfaces.

“There is an increasing demand from both network equipment manufacturers (NEM) and mobile network operators (MNO) for a portable device capable of line-rate IP packet capture on 1G and 10G Ethernet links,” explained Matti Palomäki, vice president of EXFO's Wireless Division.

“With the new portable iPro, NEM and MNO field support technicians get the power of the previously available rack-mounted version, in a format that enables them to easily perform on-site data acquisitions and troubleshooting,” Palomäki added.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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