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Keep your network performing with ProLabs’ OTDR and Network Services Validation solutions

JOHANNESBURG – October 03, 2018 – If a network fails, it is preferable that the fault is identified quickly and without causing major infrastructure disruption or loss of time. When fibre has been laid in rural communities and remote locations, identifying the cause of a network failure can be difficult, with costly knock-on effects.

This is according to the leading provider of compatible optical networking infrastructure, ProLabs, which is distributed throughout Africa by value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa. Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited Africa, clarifies, “Fibre communication system maintenance depends on optical time domain reflectometers (OTDR). An OTDR generates a pulse inside a fibre to be tested for faults or defects. Pulses are returned to the OTDR and their strengths are then measured and calculated as a function of time and plotted as a function of fibre stretch. The strength and returned signal provide details about the location and intensity of the fault present.”

ProLabs says that its EON-NSV-OTDR solution quickly locates any faults or issues within optical fibre networks by measuring the characteristics of the fibres. In an online source, the organisation notes that its EON-NSV-OTDR offering is “a cost-effective device specifically designed to allow for not just OTDR testing of the underlying optical circuit, but also the Layer-2 and Layer-3 services that may be running over it…. ProLabs' EON-NSV-OTDR can be configured to provide real-time monitoring of jitter and latency between the desired end-points in the network and should pre-defined 'Service Level Agreement' criteria fail to be met, can send SNMP alarms to one or more management stations.”

Key benefits of ProLabs' EON-NSV-OTDR include the following:

  • Location, storage and reporting of the number of faults and reflections detected;
  • Calculation of distances to the faults;
  • Reporting of distances to the furthest fault; and
  • Sense mode causes the Micro-OTDR to run, which can identify intermittent problems, issues waiting to happen, intrusion attempts and other abnormal activities.

 “The importance of network connectivity cannot be underestimated – it is the backbone of an organisation. It is therefore critical for a company to adopt excellent network connectivity in order to comfortably execute its daily operations. In maintaining the health of your network, ProLabs has proven itself to be a partner of choice for any business,” concludes Jacobsz.

You can read more here about the ProLabs’ OTDR and Network Services Validation solutions.

About Networks Unlimited Africa

Networks Unlimited Africa is a value-added distributor, offering the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. The company distributes best-of-breed products, including Attivo Networks, Cofense, Carbon Black, Fortinet, F5, Hypergrid, Mellanox Technologies, NETSCOUT, NETSCOUT ARBOR, ProLabs, RSA, Rubrik, SevOne, Silver Peak, Thales and Uplogix. The product portfolio provides solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, Wi-Fi-, mobile- and networking security, load balancing, data centre in-a-box, and storage for virtual machines.

Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited Africa has continually adapted to today's progressively competitive and evolving marketplace, and has reaped the benefits by being a leading value-added distributor (VAD) within the Sub-Saharan Africa market.


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