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Agilent Enhances 10-Gig Test

Has combined its Network Analyzer software with a new hardware interface card to test 10-Gbit/s Ethernet environments

October 20, 2009

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SANTA CLARA, Calif -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it has combined its Network Analyzer software with a new hardware interface card that enables communications service providers and network equipment manufacturers to perform real-time expert testing and troubleshooting in 10 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) Ethernet environments. Agilent is the only test and measurement vendor to have designed access hardware that provides 100-percent packet capture and analysis at 10 Gbps. The solution captures all the packets critical to diagnosing even the most difficult network problems.

The Agilent Network Analyzer provides a full suite of tools for dispatched and distributed remote testing of wide area networks, ATM and Ethernet. The solution is particularly well suited for Tier 2 and Tier 3 troubleshooting personnel who supply in-depth support for top enterprise clients. The solution can access virtually any network, running any protocol from anywhere, at anytime. This flexibility enables users to respond to problems swiftly, accelerate diagnosis and resolution, cut operational costs and keep customers satisfied. The Network Analyzer software's intuitive, easy-to-master interface is unchanged from its earlier versions. This means service providers and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) can eliminate training costs and start-up times for veteran users and train new technicians quickly.

"The datacomm edge is transforming due to the incredible demand for network bandwidth, therefore the market for this high-speed network technology is beginning to explode," said Steve Urvik, protocol analysis and diagnostics marketing manager for Agilent's Network Solutions Division. "Although it is often less expensive and more efficient for service providers to migrate to 10 gigabit networks, the transition can cause justified unease. If a network isn't configured to handle the traffic flow, the number of customers affected by problems will rise exponentially - as will the ultimate impact on revenues. This is why diagnostic tools can't miss the packets that reveal causes of problems, and must be flexible enough to quickly test any protocol issue."

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A)

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