JumboSwitch®

TCView® Communications Network Management System

"The fiber was going in and out, so we shut the port and it failed over to the backup port. We checked the diagnostics and it said -38ºF. When we finally drove to the site to check it out, ice had formed on the port, but the unit was still functioning fine."
- Utility Telecom Engineer, Iowa

Information about TCView's updated version coming soon.

TCView® Features:

  • Easy-to-use Windows-based network management software for the JumboSwitch® and future generation platforms.
  • Enables users to set thresholds and monitor key parameters including transmit/receive power, power consumption, and chassis temperature, tools that are not available on similar products in the market.
  • Offers multi-user support for network operations, a centralized database, and remote access via an IP network.
  • Can monitor third party devices, based on the ITU-T Telecommunications Management Network (TMN) model with advanced FCAPS capabilities.(Subject to TC Communications approval).

Real Time Latency Monitoring with LateView™

LateView™ provides real time latency monitoring and also records latency history in a graphical format to help determine the health of a communication network during a specific time period.

Real time latency monitoring, is an indispensable software feature for isolating communication problems within mission critical applications. Available on four interface cards offered by the JumboSwitch® Multiservice gigabit Ethernet Switch Platform from TC Communications:

  • Serial over IP
  • G.703/64K-to-IP co-directional
  • C37.94-to-IP
  • Analog-to-IP 600 Ohm

LateView™ monitors interface card pairs that users can designate by IP addresses and card types. Its values are illustrated by a graph that depicts latency by milliseconds (msec.) in a vertical axis and the date in a horizontal axis. Polling cycles are typically set at once every second.

Acceptable latency ranges vary for every application; however, typical fluctuations should be less than 5 msec. LateView™ also enables users to set alarm thresholds that meet their parameter specifications. For example, a user requiring a latency of 5 msec. could set alarm traps for less than 4.75 msec. or more than 5.25 msec.

Fault Management

Alarm messages and threshold breaches covering all facets of network health and operations are communicated to the network administrator via an intuitive window that clearly displays the fault, severity, and probable cause. Tickets for problem resolution can be generated and sent via email on the same alarm screen. Upon resolution and clearing of the alarm, TCView® maintains a searchable history of the alarm for future reference.


Configuration Management

Configuring a JumboSwitch network is straightforward and simple thanks to TCView®'s graphical user interface. Because it automatically configures Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol upon start-up, TCView® generates an accurate initial draft of the entire network topology, saving configuration time and human error. Under the policy-based setting, mundane repetitive commands are stored and executed in bulk to minimize configuration effort.

VLAN configuration is streamlined into an intuitive network configuration tab. The user only needs to select ports, cards, or an entire chassis and drag and drop them into a newly created VLAN.

Snapshots of network configurations can be generated and saved on a regular basis for backup and network recovery after possible failure conditions.

  • Automatic network configuration using RSTP
  • Centrally manage configurations and upgrades
  • Network configuration including VLANs, QoS, Priority and Rate Limits.
  • Current configuration can be compared with baseline (factory default, etc)
  • Configuration audit to check conflict or compare configuration with performance data
  • Backup and synchronization version
  • Access directly to a managed device
  • Fail over and fault tolerance configuration
  • MIBs Import/Export for network management integration (subject to TC Communications approval)

Asset Management

TCView® offers a comprehensive network hardware and software inventory management system that includes important details such as serial numbers, hardware and software version numbers and locations. Most of these parameters are stored and automatically loaded from EPROMs on each interface card without user intervention. Minor customization, such as location, names, etc. can turn this capability into a full-featured inventory analysis tool, saving time and effort during upgrades. The asset management database can be saved as a simple Excel spreadsheet for easy manipulation and upload back to TCView®


Performance Management

All key JumboSwitch® performance parameters are accessed by TCView®. The following parameters are available in immediate or historical interval views for complete visibility into trends and statistics about overall network health:

  • Link Status
  • Bandwidth Utilization – Per card or per Chassis
  • Temperature for each card – Upper and lower limit thresholds can be set by the user
  • Power consumption by individual Cards
  • Launch and receive power on all optical interfaces

Security Management

Cyber Security issues are part of an enterprise's network management. As a result, TCView® was designed from the ground up with a solid set of security functions. For easy management, TCView® organizes all security tasks into one management screen. The following features are included:

  • SSH/SSL encryption
  • Identity management
  • User Access Policy management
  • Multilevel Password and Privilege System with automatic expiration interval
  • Enable and Disable Switch ports
  • SNMPv3 authentication and encryption
  • 802.1Q VLAN
  • 802.1x Network Access Control
  • Report security related information and event
  • User log and trace (Radius and TACACS)