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First Fibre Channel 64Gbps Fabric Exerciser

TLC SierraNet M64812 February 2021 – Teledyne LeCroy released the SierraNet M648 Fabric Exerciser, the industry’s first frame and traffic generation tool designed for the rapidly expanding 64Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) ecosystem. The Fabric Exerciser addresses critical testing required to develop and deploy FC networks, supporting repeatable and extensive test scripts to test at 64Gbps, 32Gbps and 16Gbps.

High-speed FC fabrics transitioned from Non-Return to Zero (NRZ) to Pulse Amplitude Modulation 4 (PAM4) signaling with 64G FC data rates. The PAM4 signaling scheme adds complexity to the pre-deployment test and validation requirements before fabric components, such as switches, host bus adapters, and storage array products can be released to customers. The Traffic emulation and frame generation functions, in conjunction with traffic analysis and impairment tools, offer a complete test and measurement solution that is needed across all phases of the FC validation and interoperability lifecycle.

The SierraNet M648 Fabric Exerciser provides:

  •   Full line rate traffic generation for 16/32/64Gbps FC
  •   Frame Generation with flexible patterns
  •   Initiator and Target Emulation
  •   Speed Negotiation and Transmitter Training
  •   Forward Error Correction (FEC)

 “Test and measurement solutions for Fibre Channel are key to helping ensure successful deployments of high-performance storage fabrics for our SAN partners and enterprise customers,” said Martin Skagen, vice president of architecture and technology, Brocade Storage Networking division, Broadcom. “Teledyne LeCroy’s addition of 64G Fibre Channel testing capabilities enables our partners and customers to develop and implement Gen 7 solutions with confidence based on comprehensive testing that validates interoperability, reliability, and performance.”

“Mission critical networks rely on the resiliency of Fibre Channel as the reliable and secure network for transporting and storing data.” said Michael Romm, General Manager for the Protocol Solutions Group at Teledyne LeCroy. “By adding the Fabric Exerciser to the SierraNet M648, we reconfirm our commitment to supporting the Fibre Channel ecosystem with validation and interoperability testing solutions.”

The Fabric Exerciser functionality is enabled through a SierraNet M648 license update, available from the Teledyne LeCroy website.

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