World’s first 100G network through Endace

30 Oct 12

Endace has launched the EndaceAccess 100, a new 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100G) capable Network Visibility Headend.

The Kiwi company says through this system organisations can get the network access they need to monitor, analyse, protect and troubleshoot 100G network segments.

Up until this point, 100G networks were invisible to IT operations teams.

“Until today, there has been no way for organisations to get visibility into 100G network segments, which has slowed 100G adoption,” says Spencer Greene, senior vice president, product management and marketing at Endace.

“The EndaceAccess 100 enables organisations to leverage their existing 10 Gbps capable tools in a 100G environment.

"Previously, when the world moved from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps networking, the ability to leverage existing tools in this way proved to be a major advantage for organisations, and we expect this to be the case as organisations make the natural transition from 10 Gbps to 40G and 100G networking.”

The EndaceAccess 100 is a 100G and 40G capable headend system, leveraging the company's 100% accurate DAG technology.

The system can be configured to support LAN or WAN protocols, making it practical for deployment in both the data center and WAN environments.

“100G is growing in adoption, but remains the domain of large enterprises and carrier core networks; it will ultimately become approachable for smaller companies within data center deployments," says Jonah Kowall, research director at Gartner.

"As of today, there is no practical way for organisations seeking to deploy 100G to gain access to the network traffic for the purposes of network and/or network security monitoring.

“Additionally, the monitoring tools themselves cannot handle this level of traffic which is a critical shortcoming that will prevent the deployment of 100G technology within many organisations."

Like traditional monitoring switches, the system receives high-speed network traffic from passive optical taps and distributes the traffic to multiple lower-speed ports, which can then be connected to scale-out clusters of monitoring tools.

But unlike existing monitoring switches, the EndaceAccess 100 scales everything up by a factor of ten, receiving 100G or 40G inputs and distributing to multiple 10 Gbps destinations where the traffic can be analysed.

Available immediately, the EndaceAccess 100 is inter-operable with any 10 Gbps capable monitoring or security tool, including Endace’s own range of Intelligent Network Recorders.

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