March 14, 2012 – Fluke Networks has announced the OptiFiber™ Pro OTDR, the first handheld optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) built from the ground up for enterprise fibre testing.
The performance breakthroughs of the OptiFiber Pro OTDR lets users reduce costs associated with premise fibre testing, while enhancing productivity and improving network reliability.
The OptiFiber Pro OTDR creates a new standard for usability with a smartphone interface that supports gesture-based commands and technology enhancements that simplify testing in datacentre environments.
Key new features
The first OTDR with a smartphone user-interface: minimises the learning curve typically associated with older OTDRs by greatly reducing complexity – helping any technician quickly become a fibre expert.
Simplified “Datacentre Mode”: automates the process of setting test parameters, like wavelength or end-detection algorithms, significantly reducing set-up time and the complexity of learning how to troubleshoot datacentre problems.
The industry’s shortest event and attenuation dead zones: tests connectors and patch cords as short as 0.5 metres. This is critical in virtualised server environments, where connections are often less than one meter and hidden performance issues can severely decrease the reliability of datacentres and storage area networks (SANs).
Visual presentation of faults: shows all fibre events graphically letting any user quickly and easily interpret OTDR trace results.
Built-in project management tools: facilitates the assignment and tracking of all fibre testing projects for multiple users, increasing efficiency, enhancing project tracking visibility and enabling cost-effective device sharing.
Upgraded LinkWare™ management software: eases the burden of workflow management, integrates test results and keeps the OTDR up-to-date with the latest software.
Wayne Allen, program manager at Fluke Networks said, “Enterprise fibre use is growing at 57 per cent a year*, which increases the frequency and importance of fibre testing to minimise issues that can be devastating to network operations.
“Fluke Networks’ new OptiFiber PRO is aimed squarely at the challenges our enterprise customers are facing today. The tester’s new smartphone interface dramatically reduces the learning curve associated with using an OTDR and the simplified Datacentre Mode will help industry technicians immediately solve problems in mission critical datacentre environments.”
* Dell’Oro Group, 2011
About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and datacentres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com/au.