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SierraNet T328

The SierraNet T328 system provides 10/25/40/50/100Gbps Ethernet and Gen 6 (32GFC) Fibre Channel data capture and protocol verification for developers & protocol test engineers in LAN, SAN, NAS and other Ethernet and Fibre Channel applications.  Available with eight SFP28 FlexPorts™ for maximum configuration and utility, the SierraNet T328 offers world-class protocol analysis capabilities with an easy to use, customizable hardware & software interface, large capture buffers, and the most advanced T.A.P4 capture, triggering and filtering capabilities in the industry.

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SierraNet T328  The SierraNet T328 system provides 10/25/40/50/100Gbps Ethernet and Gen 6 (32GFC) Fibre Channel data capture and protocol verification for developers & protocol test engineers in LAN, SAN, NAS and other Ethernet and Fibre Channel applications.  Available with eight SFP28 FlexPorts™ for maximum configuration and utility, the SierraNet T328 offers world-class protocol analysis capabilities with an easy to use, customizable hardware & software interface, large capture buffers, and the most advanced T.A.P4 capture, triggering and filtering capabilities in the industry.
SierraNet M328  The SierraNet M328™ system provides 10/25/40/50/100Gbps Ethernet and Gen 6 (32GFC) Fibre Channel data capture and protocol verification for developers & protocol test engineers in LAN, SAN, NAS and other Ethernet and Fibre Channel applications. Available with eight SFP28 FlexPorts™ for maximum configuration and utility, the SierraNet M328 offers world-class protocol analysis and error injection capabilities with an easy to use, customizable hardware & software interface, large capture buffers, and the most advanced capture, triggering and filtering capabilities in the industry.
SierraNet M328Q  The SierraNet M328Q™ system provides 10/25/40/50/100Gbps Ethernet and Gen 6 (32G) Fibre Channel data capture and protocol verification for developers & protocol test engineers in LAN, SAN, NAS and other Ethernet and Fibre Channel applications.  Available with two QSFP28 FlexPorts™ for maximum configuration and utility, the SierraNet M328Q offers world-class protocol analysis and error injection capabilities with an easy to use, customizable hardware & software interface, large capture buffers, and the most advanced capture, triggering and filtering capabilities in the industry.
SierraNet M168  The SierraNet M168 is the most cost effective, advanced and fully integrated 10Gbps Ethernet and 16G Fibre Channel data capture and protocol verification systems available for developers and protocol test engineers.  The SierraNet M168 supports Ethernet protocol analysis and error injection capabilities in a single platform and provides engineers with 100% recording of all Fibre Channel and Ethernet related traffic at full line rates on all ports while maintaining the link integrity through non-retimed pass-through probe technology.

Ethernet, the most ubiquitous networking technology in the computer industry, has been used for a myriad of communications solutions over the past 20+ years and is the backbone of the Internet, corporate datacenter and enterprise applications, modern telephony infrastructures, and all the associated devices.

The “original” serial communication interface, newer high-speed Ethernet deployments provides a bi-directional, physical or logical, lower latency connection between the user/client and their device(s).  Serial transmissions enable much longer connection distances as compared to parallel transmission methods, because far fewer signal lines are required, thereby reducing noise created by multiple signal lines all switching at the same time (cross talk).

Ethernet has long been the data-communications choice for the corporate network as a reliable interconnectivity solution.  The evolution of speeds as well as multi-vendor networks requires adherence to the IEEE standards for Ethernet and a industry commitment to interoperability testing for standards conformance.

Advancements in storage protocols support and physical transport speeds, and improvements in reduced latency is elevating Ethernet to rival Fibre Channel for support of block oriented storage traffic in SAN (Storage Area Network) applications.

Ethernet relies on direct attached copper (DAC) cabling, however to enable longer distance communications, it is designed to work with either optical fiber physical medium or copper cables in many connector and cable type configurations.  Copper cables are relatively inexpensive, but they are useable only for shorter distances, in the range of 5-meters at 10GbE and ~3-meters at 25GbE. In general, the higher the transmission speed, the shorter the distance that can be reliably supported by copper cable technology.  A variety of copper solutions are available, the most commonly used being DAC cabling in both SFP (Small Form-factor Pluggable) and QSFP (Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable) configurations. SFP and QSFP optical cabling solutions are also available, supporting reliable transmission distances greater than 10 meters, up to about 10 kilometers.

 

 

Architecture

Ethernet is a layered protocol, and typical applications adhere to the OSI model. In the OSI model, each layer provides specific services and makes the results available to the next layer.  Figure 1 below defines OSI layer.

OSI Model
7 - Application
6 - Presentation
5 - Session
4 - Transport
3 - Network
2 – Data Link
1 - Physical
Figure 1, OSI Model Network Layers

The layers in the table represent different functions and services that exist within the Ethernet protocol definition. As with the other communication standards, protocol level analysis is often focused at the Data Link and Network layers and above.

Ethernet architecture transports blocks and/or streams of application information, called data payloads. Before sending a payload over the physical link, additional Ethernet specific control bytes are incorporated to ensure proper delivery and handling of the payload data. The combination of the control bytes and the payload data is the Ethernet frame.

 

Key Features
  • 1U form-factor with rack mount kits
  • Eight SFP+ FlexPorts, supporting 10/25/40/50/100Gbps Ethernet and up to 32/128G Fibre Channel over optical or copper connections
  • Advanced, multi-state triggering & filtering
  • Pass-through T.A.P3 probe technology (not re-timed)
  • Standard 32GB, 64GB or 128G recording buffers
  • Dynamic memory allocation
  • Extensive Ethernet protocols supported, including FCoE, NVMf, RoCE and iSCSI
  • Multiple trace view formats
  • Seamless WireShark integration
  • USB 3.0 & Gigabit Ethernet Host Interfaces for fast upload and easy management

The SierraNet T328 is the most cost effective, advanced and fully integrated Ethernet and Fibre Channel data capture and protocol verification systems available for developers and protocol test engineers. The T328 protocol analysis systems provide engineers with 100% recording of all Fibre Channel and Ethernet related traffic at full line rates on all ports while maintaining the link integrity through non-retimed pass-through probe technology.

Flexibility to Meet Any Debug Challenge

The SierraNet T328 hardware platform and Net Protocol Suite™ user interface provides the highest level of performance and flexibility available in the market.

The SierraNet T328 employs Teledyne LeCroy’s leading FlexPort™ technology providing ultimate flexibility in analysis of traditional or converged Ethernet and Fibre Channel products in a single platform and the flexibility to add protocol specific features, functionality, and speed support at the time of purchase or later by simply adding more license keys.  Each FlexPort pair can probe both Ethernet and Fibre Channel links of speeds up to 25Gbps for Ethernet and/or 32G FC on copper or optical cabling and eliminates the need for separate “single function” blades, pods, or adapters found in some competitive products providing a highly compact, extremely flexible, multi-function protocol analyzer. The pairs may be aggregated to support higher density links, up to 100Gbps Ethernet and 128G Fibre Channel.

In addition to FlexPort technology, the SierraNet T328’s new sophisticated analysis software, the Net Protocol Suite, provides unmatched flexibility with customized data displays that easily identify and navigate to specific events of interest quickly.  Decoding in the Net Protocol Suite’s multiple trace views provide superior visibility for troubleshooting low level to application layer issues, decode per the supported specifications and their associated encoding schemes, and the zero-time search and filter capabilities easily find Ethernet and Fibre Channel events in a contextual and intuitive way.  In a multi-protocol environment, Teledyne LeCroy’s CrossSync™ can synchronize and correlate traces with our other leading protocol analysis tools, such as the PCI Express Gen3 Summit analyzers, to understand how traffic, stimulus, and/or errors propagate across bridges or adapters.

Versatile, Cost-effective Platform

The SierraNet T328 platform is Compact, Portable, and Light Weight. The SierraNet is currently the Smallest (1U) and lightest (9.5lbs) Fibre Channel and Ethernet protocol analyzer platform in the market, saving valuable real estate and rack space in customer labs and is the best portable solution for engineers on the move.  SierraNet provides users the lowest cost of ownership per engineer, and the lack of maintenance or support fees for subsequent years of operation means strained budgets are not tapped just to keep up with evolving specifications and advancements.

Performance

The SierraNet T328 offers the fastest and most convenient access to the data that engineers need with either a USB3.0 or GE interface.  As USB is Plug and Play, this is particularly useful when capturing large amounts of data is necessary, but a quick connection to the analyzer is required, such as at a customer site.  In addition to the performance and ease-of-use of the USB3.0 interface, a Gigabit Ethernet Host Interface is also standard on the SierraNet platforms, and the IP Address set-up menus on the front panel eliminate the time and complexity required to configure an analyzer via a null-modem cable and hyper-terminal interface used on competitive products.

The SierraNet T328 also offers the best Time-Stamp Resolution in the market. The SierraNet family has been enhanced with a 1ns time-stamp resolution/accuracy, setting a new industry standard for trace analysis and for timing measurements required for testing high performance SAN products, particularly where latency is a key metric of success.

Additionally, the SierraNet family’s Advanced State Machines are easy to use and help Engineers Trigger, Filter, and Inject errors with surgical precision with up to 4 sequencers and up to 24 states per sequencer to concisely target areas of interest and save precious time. When the user can not accurately define the conditions associated with a problem and needs to capture a broad swath of traffic to identify a cause of an issue, the SierraNet can also dynamically assign the largest and most flexible recording memory in the industry to one port or spread the memory use across all eight ports based on the traffic profile.

 

Host Requirements: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 (R2) and Windows Server 2012; The latest Service Pack available for the associated Windows OS in use is required; 
(The 64-bit Windows version of the Operating System is recommended as this will allow more RAM use over 32-bit installations)
Hard drive with at least 200 MB of free space for the installation of the software and additional space for storing recorded data; display with resolution of at least 1024 x 768 with at least 16-bit color depth; USB2.0 port and/or 100/1000Mbps Ethernet network interface.
  For optimal performance, please refer to our recommended configurations. 
   
Connectivity: A Gigabit (1000Mbps) Ethernet link is recommended for used with the SierraNet analyzers. At minimum the host machine should have either a 100/1000Mbps Ethernet connection to the network or a USB 2.0 port.  If multiple analyzers are daisy chained and connected to the same host machine, one Ethernet connection or one USB port is required for each analyzer.
   
Recording Memory Size:  Up to 128 GB
   
Data Rates Supported:  8, 16  and 32Gb/s Fibre Channel
10/25/40/50/100Gb/s Ethernet
   
No. of Ports Supported:  8 SFP28 FlexPorts
   
Cascade Capability  Up to 64 ports (8 SierraNet systems)
   
Host Interface: USB3.0 and 10/100/1000baseT Ethernet
   
Front Panel Connectors: 8 SFP28 FlexPorts
  External Trigger IN/OUT
  Front Panel Indicators
  LEDs (Speed, Link, Status) for each TX & RX pair, Status LCD Panel, Power LED
   
Front Panel Controls: Power ON/OFF, Menu Navigation and Selection Wheel
   
Rear Panel Connectors: AC Power, Expansion/CrossSync Port
   
Included Accessories: AC Power Cord, USB2.0 and USB 3.0 cables, Ethernet patch cable, 1-set QSFP28 to SFP28 DAC cables
   
Dimensions (H x W x D):  Chassis: 44 x 432 x 358 mm (1.75” x 17” x 14.1”)
  With Bumpers: 52 x 455 x 367 mm (2” x 17.9” x 14.5”)
   
Weight: 4.3 Kg (9.5 lbs.)
   
Power Requirements: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 100W
   
Environmental: Operating: 0 to 55o C (32 to 131o F)
  Non-operating: -20 to 80 o C (-4 to 176 o F)
  Humidity: 10 to 90% RH (non-condensing)
1U Zero Carrying Case
Rack Mount Rail Kit for SierraNet Platforms
SierraNet Memory License Upgrades
SierraNet T328 PAM4 Auto-Negotiation and Training Upgrade
SierraNet PAM4 Adapter for L2+ capture and analysis of a single link of 50GbE or 64GFC