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Cable Technology Feature Article

March 19, 2010

PolyNet Solves Network Sync Problems with Robust NTPS Solution

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

PolyNet, a manufacturer and developer of network synchronization systems, has expanded its portfolio into the IP and packet based technology space.

Telecom network operators and service providers, to keep up with demand, have been working hard to provide common time reference solutions for their entire networks.

Having any sort of meaningful computer network time synchronization is critical, as its absence could cause confusion in shared file systems, billing services, sorting of e-mail and other network communications, tracking of security breaches, and could affect authentication systems, which use dated tickets to control access to systems.

In addition to this, corporate business processes are also demanding the unified time base for the internal work flows, like alarm generation, handling of trouble tickets and event recording by timestamps.

The safest and most reliable method for synchronizing all the clocks on the network is with a dedicated time server running NTP or Network Time Protocol. With fast NTP packets throughout, the chance of the time server getting bogged down is greatly reduced.

“These challenges have significant implications on both the services and operation, so a carrier-class timing solution becomes a necessity in maintaining subscriber’s quality of experience,” Zoltan Zorkoczy, managing director and founder of PolyNet, said, adding that PolyNet's new NTP 1003 Time Server met all the requirements.

PolyNet’s new GPS-based Stratum 1 Network Time Protocol Server enables a precise, high performance and maintenance-free time synchronization solution for network operators. This server produces Stratum1 Quality time reference and offers good hold over capability. Since a stratum-1 time server acts as a primary network time standard., it is connected to a reliable source of time such as GPS, or CDMA transmissions.

Such a network time server minimizes the risk of network attacks, as only a small number of settings have to be made in it. As all extraneous protocols and services are eliminated, there is minimum exposure to security holes. Its reliable performance eliminates the need for maintenance contracts. In addition, installation is easy with the GPS antenna

In essence PolyNet’s NTP servers are compact, robust and reliable, and are ideal solutions for  telecoms, cable TV operators, and Internet service providers.

PolyNet, a developer and manufacturer of network synchronization systems, provides precise time and frequency references, measuring instruments and professional services to the wire line and wireless operators worldwide to ensure the firm foundation of their optimal network operation.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri