Joachim Peerlings, VP and GM, Network and Data Centre Solutions
From increasing adoption of cloud technologies, IoT, 5G connectivity, to ongoing disaggregation of network functions, all roads are now leading to the next networking revolution. However, in this journey, the winning strategy is not about adding newer capabilities in networking processes but also playing them to their strength. Today, data centre convergence, along with new service deployments like Wi-Fi 6 and SD-WAN require businesses to combine many different technologies—including physical and virtual devices—into a single network infrastructure. To optimise the benefits of such networks, it is imperative to ensure that they are capable of handling massive amounts of data flow for optimum use of technologies like AI, VR, and IoT. Amidst this changing landscape, businesses are looking at 400G Ethernet (GE) and terabit optics to manage a large amount of data. As a result, network equipment manufacturers are under increasing pressure to provide switching, routing, security, Wi-Fi, and IoT products that meet the expectations of a complex network.
Offering the widest array of data centre test solutions across all network layers, from physical Layer 1 test to full network test of Layers 2–7, Keysight Technologies [NYSE: KEYS] helps companies to accelerate their data centre infrastructure innovations. Keysight addresses the customer workflow from design to characterization and validation, as well as manufacturing. “Our goal is to enablecustomers to uncover issues early, optimize performance, and quickly introduce new products within their cost envelope without compromising quality,” says Joachim Peerlings, VP and general manager of network and data centre solutions at Keysight Technologies.
Keysight’s new test solution fills a gap of high-speed Ethernet testing by combining best-in-class technologies, such as BERT and FEC
Recently, Keysight announced its new network test solution. The company has combined the functionality of its A400GE-QDD 400GE Layer 1 multiport test system, with that of the M8040A high-performance bit error rate test (BERT) system. Individually, A400GE-QDD offers quick identification of issues related to bit error rate (BER) and forward error correction (FEC) problems of silicon communication devices used in 400GE systems. On the other hand, the M8040A BERT facilitates accurate error analyses and provides repeatable and reliable results. The analysis helps to optimise the performance margins on the physical layer for modern high-speed digital interface standards, PCI Express 5, DDR5, and Thunderbolt 3. By combining these two test systems, Keysight has been able to offer a unique solution—N4891A 400GBASE FEC-aware compliance test solution, which finds performance and interoperability issues early in the design and validation process of data centre-related devices. With its N4891A 400GBASE, Keysight is helping the industry transition from 400GE readiness to massive 400GE deployments. Peerlings highlights, “Keysight’s new test solution fills a gap of high-speed Ethernet testing by combining best-in-class technologies, such as BERT and FEC.”
Having established itself as the leader in data centre infrastructure design and test solutions, the main goal of Keysight now is to stay abreast of all the ongoing evolution of the networking space. According to Peerlings, one crucial aspect of that would be focusing on 25.6 and 51.2 terabits switches needed in hyperscale data centre networks, a step up from traditional 6.4 to 12.8 terabits switches. “We are excited to master the challenges associated with the constantly evolving network and data centre industry to support the insatiable demand for more and faster data,” concludes Peerlings.