Dual-Purpose 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel SAN Tester and Protocol Analyzer
Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced what is said to be the industry's only dual-purpose SAN tester and protocol analyzer for 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel (FC). Combining realistic network stimulus of the SAN tester application with sophisticated protocol analysis and troubleshooting capabilities allows engineers to speed up the design and development of next-generation storage devices. The module helps storage equipment manufactures conduct realistic tests on their device under test (DUT) early in the development and qualification cycle. This helps ensure the DUT meets the stringent requirements of the data-storage industry. The same module can also be used as a protocol analyzer, which helps users quickly identify protocol or performance issues. These capabilities shorten test time and foster the development of next-generation Fibre Channel products. It supports full line rate 8 Gb/s as well as 4 Gb/s, 2 Gb/s and 1 Gb/s, allowing users to fully test all supported Fibre Channel line rates with a single module. New capabilities of the SAN tester application include additional error-injection features and a sophisticated flow-control stress test that validates ASIC designs early on and increases the test coverage. The 8 Gb/s protocol analyzer includes Easy Flow and a context-sensitive display to help better visualize the protocol interactions; Agilent's unique dual-channel trigger sequencer to help them get to the root cause of problems faster; and post-processing capabilities that help users quickly identify protocol or performance issues.
Agilent Technologies Inc.
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