Monitoring Access Optimizers


The OptiCop Converger family of monitoring access optimizers provides out-of-band, high bandwidth, any-to-any data monitoring access for legacy and converged networks in Carrier, Enterprise, and Government applications. The non-intrusive access optimizes tool port usage and enables network operators to implement management and assurance strategies related to the overall performance of the services being delivered, without degrading the service or distorting the results. While the main features and functions are the same across all OptiCop Convergers, each series within the family supports different transport technologies and line speeds. Currently, the OptiCop Converger family includes the P-Series (POS traffic), A-Series (ATM traffic), and T-Series (TDM traffic).

Follow the links below to read more about each series, or keep reading for the common features and functions of the OptiCop Converger family.

Applications and Features

With OptiCop Converger deployed in a POS, ATM, TDM, or Ethernet network, engineers can traffic manage data of interest to the appropriate test and monitoring tools. Everyday, network engineers are challenged with tool constraints like port and processing limitations, interface incompatibilities, protocol-specific testing, remote monitoring, and budget. Features like media conversions, traffic aggregation, multi-casting, load balancing, filtering, and routing of IP and non-IP traffic make OptiCop Converger a powerful tool in the engineering of today’s advanced networks.

The Converger provides non-intrusive, real-time data monitoring access to Gigabit-Ethernet based tools such as:

  • Sniffers
  • Perfomance Management Probes
  • Lawful Intercept Systems
  • Security/NAC Devices
  • Traffic Analyzers
  • Bulk Data Recorders

Hybrid Inspection Technology

NetQuest has developed a powerful method to inspect traffic at line rate using its unique Hybrid Inspection Technology (HIT). HIT logic is based on highly parallel, pipelined hardware architecture with protocol-specific inspection algorithms defined by software and executed in specialized hardware. Contact NetQuest for availability of HIT in OptiCop Converger models.

Filtering and Routing

Certain OptiCop Convergers can be optionally expanded to enable inspected data to be filtered and/or routed based on user definable parameters. By filtering traffic, only the data of interest will be presented to the monitor system for processing, ensuring its valuable processing resources are preserved. Routing of the data puts the user in control of which tool interface will receive the data, and enables network, protocol, and application partitioning to match monitoring system requirements and limitations.