The Transition networks Point System is a cost effective, fully configurable, managed modular media conversion platform that provides users with the flexibility to build their own custom media conversion system. The system includes rack mountable chassis and modular, hot-swappable slide-in-cards. Each Point System Slide-In-Module media converter, regardless of protocol, can slide into the same chassis and provide managed media conversion services to suit a custom network application.
Transition's media converters allow users to only pay for fiber ports used when adding fiber to their networks. Combining media conversion with copper-based equipment can save up to 45% in cost. The Point System's modular design allows users to add converters as they need to add fiber to their network. Therefore, users can utilize their existing copper-based equipment and not buy fixed multiport fiber devices.
Because the cards are modular, users can add them gradually when fiber is added to the network and the network grows. All card blades are hot-swappable and powered by chassis power supplies. The modularity also means that the Point System supports a mix of various protocols in the chassis. For example, a 19-slot chassis could be populated with 19 homogenous or unique converters (e.g. (Ethernet, T1/E1, ATM or OC-12). Network designs differ widely, so Transition Networks has introduced a variety of chassis models to address each specific need. The chassis cabinets are available in 19, 18, 13, 8, 2, or 1 slots.
Administrators continuously monitor the network, allowing them to quickly respond to and troubleshoot possible issues. Configuring the network is essential to the administrators as no one has a perfect network that can run without any intervention. To improve the efficiency and save response time administrators turn to SNMP management because it offers them considerable cost savings by eliminating the need to send a technician to a remote location and by improving the accuracy of the configuration.
The Point System offers a full control over the media conversion process. This full control translates into three major aspects of network management. It offers:
A complete monitoring capability where cards can be monitored for power status, link status, individual card settings and connection options. The chassis cabinet itself provides information about internal temperature conditions, redundancy configuration of each power supply and current power consumption by each power supply.
Active configuration of the media conversion platform (drive-by-wire). The users have the ability to power on or off chassis card slots and reconfigure each power supply's mode (primary/secondary). Each media converter card provides a distinct set of user configurable features such as Auto-negotiation Disable/Enable; Force 100Mbps/Full Duplex; Assign priority level threshold (IEEE 802.1P); etc.
Alarm notification capability. Failure conditions and specific events discovered by Point System are reported to multiple user-defined destinations in the form of an SNMP Trap.
This full control is protected by sophisticated SNMP Management Security Features to ensure that only authorized personnel can access the management.
Network uptime is crucial and the Point System includes several features that will ensure your network will stay up and running. The Point System Chassis offers a redundant power option. Each chassis is shipped with one power supply. The chassis can accommodate a second power supply. Power supplies are available for AC or DC power. The power supplies are hot swappable so they can be replaced while the chassis is running. The instant fail-over bus ensures that if one power supply fails, the second power supply will keep the chassis up and running.
Redundancy of SNMP management is also available by placing two primary management modules in a chassis or a stack of chassis. The management modules negotiate primary and secondary responsibility to manage the chassis or stack of units. In the event the primary management module fails the secondary unit takes control.
Furthermore, each individual converter maintains its feature configuration within a microcontroller on the converter card. If a management module fails the cards will stay up and running because the configuration information is not lost with the loss of a management module. Each card and power supply has built in surge protection to protect the unit from power surges. The power supplies are equipped with a standard 4-amp fuse and can be repaired in the field.
When multiple chassis are connected to each other the SNMP management protection in case of failure becomes critical. Healing Bus enables the users to maintain full control of the daisy chained chassis so that the failure of any one module will not effect remaining modules in the stack.
Potential for Future Growth
Point System bridges the gap between continuous development of new networking technologies and the long-term nature of an investment in networking gear. Transition Networks has implemented several features that will allow you to keep your Point System Chassis current. Each of the management modules can be updated via firmware upgrade. So, as network technologies advance and new converters are introduced, the management module of today can support the media converter of tomorrow. Similarly, our media converters can also be updated in the field. The firmware upgrade can be performed either locally via a Console port or remotely via TFTP. Furthermore, new converter addition does not require the reconfiguration of the SNMP management settings.