The 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.
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.
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.