The VB330 Probe is the flagship in Bridge Technologies products range. With line-speed 10G performance and a massive multiprocessor architecture the VB330 can deliver monitoring and analytics of thousands of streams and a multitude of technologies in real-time and in parallel. Similar to the VB330 hardware probe, the VB330 SW probe is for high-traffic monitoring in core networks, but the VB330 SW operates on any standard high-performance server blade. With the same feature set and capabilities, the VB330 and VB330 SW can be mixed and matched to achieve the most convenient configuration, depending on the user’s requirements. The VB330 SW probe has been developed for Data Center and virtual Headend deployment.
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The VB330 utilises the same visual and intuitive approach to monitoring and analytics as other probes. The VB330 is aimed at monitoring the full cross section of services commonly found in media related network operations. As such the VB330 is very much a multi use tool to monitor network performance involving signal formats and areas as diverse as video IP multicast, video OTT/ABR streaming, voice trunks, video-on-demand unicast, Ethernet packet micro bursts, PCAP recording and general traffic protocol inspection.
VB330 comes with support for Remote PHY/L2TP, making it suitable for unpacking and monitoring the multicasts targeted towards the Remote PHY CCAP nodes. Remote PHY is an approach that literally takes the PHY chip out of a box and puts it at the end of an IP network. One of the philosophies of Remote PHY is to put the least amount of hardware and software at the endpoint and keep the complexity centralized. Remote PHY infers centralized DOCSIS software. This allows the same software model to be used for I-CCAP and Remote PHY CCAP. Remote PHY, I-CMTS, and M-CMTS can all coexist in the same chassis and use the same software base and configuration systems. This is a very powerful concept for feature velocity and backward compatibility. Remote PHY works and works well. The design of remote PHY is built on top of open standards such as Ethernet, IPv4, IPv6, L2TPv3, and CableLabs MHA. Remote PHY will allow CCAP devices to be deployed in more creative manners such as using digital fiber in the HFC plant. For cable operators, this will allow their network to have higher performance with lower OpEx, lower CapEx, and an evolutionary path for FTTH.
Measurement analytics are available via easy drill-down functionality and the patented Bridge Technologies MediaWindow™ technology renders monitoring and analysis of the complex much simpler. Two full VB330 can be placed within a 1 RU chassis, offering a performance to form-factor of up to 40 Gbit/s per 1RU.
Monitor up to 500 OTT/ABR streams at master play-out or at CDN origin server in all common streaming formats using the bulk OTT option. Streaming formats supported currently include Microsoft Smooth Stream™, Apple HLS™, Adobe HDS™, MPEG-DASH and basic RTMP.
Monitor Voice or Video-on-Demand trunks using the Advanced Ethernet Option. Summarise traffic issues across whole trunk dynamically.
Identify packet micro bursting and pinpoint sources in violation. Micro bursting is a particularly important area when traversing 10G/1G network domains where queuing issues often arise with resulting packet loss. These issues are often non-trivial to identify due to their intermittent and complex nature.
Perform deep TR 101 290 analysis on up to 400 streams with all priority levels covered – Level 1, 2 and 3.
Perform PCAP packet capture and retrieval for offline analyis using 3rd party tools such as Wireshark or tcpdump.
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SOFTWARE – VB330 SW PROBE
- Feature parity to HW VB330
- Option equality and license equality
- Future proof for long life deployments
- Optimize Headend performance
- Install on standard Intel hardware
- Fully VMware and OpenStack compliant
- Deliverable as ISO installer or OVF image
- Thousands of streams in parallel
- MultiCore CPU utilisation architecture
- MediaWindow visualization of streams
- OTT Engine option w/HLS, HDS, Smooth Streaming, MPEG-DASH and RTMP
- ETR290 Engine Option with Gold TS Protection
- FEC analysis, Time-Loss-Distance, TOS, ICMP analysis
- Full Eii interfacing to 3rd party systems, Video IP multicast, video OTT/ABR streaming, video-on-demand unicast, PCAP recording and general traffic protocol inspection
*For minimum server requirements, please contact your representative
HARDWARE – VB330 10G PROBE
- Supports SPTS and MPTS monitoring – Continuous monitoring of up to 2000 SPTS IP Multicasts – For MPTS scalability please contact your representative
- Monitor current/min/max UDP payload bitrate
- Monitor current/min/max TS payload not counting NULL TS packets
- Count number of IP packets
- Source/destination IP address
- Type-of-Service field (TOS/DSCP)
- Time-to-Live field (TTL)
- VLAN ID, if appropriate
- Max/min/average IP packet Inter-Arrival time (IAT) for jitter analysis
- TS Continuity Counter errors
- TS Sync errors
- Media Loss Rate – number of TS packets lost
- Source/destination MAC address
- RTP dropped packets, duplicate packets, out-of-order packets
- RTP max/min hole size, hole separation
- Forward Error Correction analysis according to SMPTE 2022-1 (Pro-MPEG COP3)
- Visual graphing of jitter, packet loss and bandwidth performance with at least 4 days of history for all IP multicasts
- Framework for automatic detection of present multicast/unicast stream
- Protocol hierarchy view with bandwidth and packet count statistics for each active interface. HTTPS using TLS 1.1 and 1.2 with a self-signed certificate
- Functionality for relaying any IP multicast monitored to a different IP destination for further analysis or recording (Remote Data Path – RDP)
- IGMPv2/v3 protocol logging and analysis framework
- Flexible template based alarming system to allow custom configuration of what parameters result in an alarm being generated on a per-TS level
- PCAP capture of up to 2GB of data for further analysis using Wireshark or similar
- Microbursting jitter analysis for monitoring total 10G trunk load
- IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
- Thumbnail decoding of uni/multicast IP transport streams
- ETSI TS 102 034 support
- 2 x SFP+ optical 10G ports
- 1 x 10/100/1000-T RJ45 Ethernet management port
- 1 x 1PPS TTL level 50 ohm SMA female input for future GPS synchronization usage
- Microsoft mediaRoom X-bit RTP header extension support
- Alarm on changes to TOS/DSCP and TTL for detection of changes in network prioritization
- Time loss distance measurements according to RFC3357
- MediaWindow™ visualisation technology for trending packet loss and jitter over time
- Full Service Monitoring of any network device via built-in ICMP and HTTP query agents
- Searchable alarm lists
- Alarm forwarding to 3rd party systems via SNMP TRAP via up to 3 unique destinations
- NTP client time synchronization support according to RFC5905
- DHCP client support on management and video ports according to RFC2131
- Easy web-based software and license upgrade
- XML-based configuration save and retrieval via web
- Powerful and openly available XML-based External Integration Interface (Eii) for 3rd party integration
- Condensed mosaic thumbnail view of all services monitored
- Operating temperature: 0℃ to 45℃
- Storage temperature: -20℃ to 70℃
- Operation humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
- 10GBit Ethernet port A: SFP+ module
- 10GBit Ethernet port B: SFP+ module
- 10/100/1000-T management: RJ-45
- Initial setup: USB Type A
- Power dissipated per VB330+ module 40W
- Chassis input voltage: 100-240VAC
- Chassis max. power requirement: 150VA@220VAC
- Chassis max. power dissipated: 150W
- Standard 19″ 1RU rack-mount
- W x H x D: 483 x 43 x 400 mm
- Weight: 8,2 kg fully populated
- Software Options
The T2MI-OPT applies only to the management board (VB120 & VB220).
The T2MI option is used to enable analysis of inner streams in DVB-T2 distribution systems utilising T2MI functionality. Stream verification is based on the renowned Bridge Technologies ETSI TS 101 290 analysis engine, and the T2MI enabled probe allows a thorough check of outer and inner streams. The T2MI option makes it possible to design and implement an end-to-end monitoring system for DVB-T2 distribution. The T2MI option extends ETSI TS 101 290 analysis functionality of a Bridge Technologies probe to include inner streams in DVB-T2 distribution systems where T2MI functionality is used. The T2MI stream-in-stream concept opens for simplified local insertion and is increasingly being used in DVB-T2 distribution. Monitoring of signal integrity is essential, and the T2MI probe option makes it possible to check inner stream parameters, like T2 timestamps and L1 information. Measurements are performed real-time in accordance with DVB document A14-1.
ETR290 (ETSI TR 101 290)-OPTION
The ETSI TR 101 290 functionality is an option on the VB330. Full analysis is performed on Ethernet, ASI, COFDM, QAM, DVB-S/S2 QPSK and signals according to the industry standard ETSI TR 101 290. Multiple analysis engines are available as an option for Ethernet, allowing real-time ETSI TR 101 290 analysis for up to four Ethernet transport streams in parallel. The Bridge Technologies implementation provides operators with unparalleled input signal visibility. The probes can detect and trigger alarms for many of the common errors that would normally go unnoticed by conventional monitoring systems.
BULK-ETR290 (ETSI TR 101 290)-OPTION
BulkETR290 is an option on the VB330. Full analysis is performed on Ethernet, ASI, COFDM, QAM, DVB-S/S2 QPSK and signals according to the industry standard ETSI TR 101 290. Multiple analysis engines are available as an option for Ethernet, allowing real-time ETSI TR 101 290 analysis for up to four Ethernet transport streams in parallel.
The use of OTT technologies like variable bit rate HLS, SmoothStream and HDS for distribution of media to all kinds of receiving platforms is rapidly expanding, portable devices used in multiscreen applications being particularly important for OTT deployment to be a preferred method for media signal delivery. Content distribution using OTT is complex, and it is necessary for a service provider to perform continuous surveillance of signal availability and integrity of both LIVE multi-profile streams and VOD content. The OTT Option provides the same paradigms as more traditional media transports enabling easy understanding of complex media transportation where operators have both traditional and new distribution systems. The OTT options, available for all Bridge Technologies probes, enables monitoring and analysis of HLS, SmoothStream, HDS and MPEG-DASH streams. The OTT engine will check that stream and profile manifest files, the «lists of contents», are syntactically correct and updated, that all stream profiles are available and that stream chunks are delivered on time.
The extractor option is for Content extraction that includes; freeze/black/colour frame alarming, audio loss alarming for one service only typically where RF interface cards is used for round-robin checking of multiple frequencies.
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SCTE35 is a specification which allows equipment to splice in local content at specific times. SCTE35 is the signalling mechanism the equipment uses to know when to switch from the master transmission to insert local content and when to switch back. SCTE35 is used for two different reasons: In USA it is used to insert local advertising. It’s quite common that local Cable TV companies redistribute satellite channels in their network. They can purchase the right to replace some of the country-wide advertising with local ads. In Europe it is used to insert local TV programs, e.g. local news transmissions. SCTE35 analysis requires a special license for the probes and is connected to the ETR290 engine. All streams where ETR290 monitoring are performed simultaneously can be SCTE35 monitored in parallel, i.e. this is a reason for buying VB330 if many SCTE35 streams are to be monitored in parallel. GUI: From the ETR 290 main tab a list of streams containing SCTE35 signalling are displayed under the SCTE 35 tab.
The Flash32 feature is used as an added 32GB SD card, to be able to save RDP and PCAP recordings. RDP recordings are automatically moved to the SD card when completed, and PCAP recordings can be manually moved using the interface GUI as shown below. When in the storage tab, file system statistics are shown to the right and files can be downloaded by clicking its name.
- Ordering Codes
VB330 – IP-Probe Blade w/1 active 10GigE SFP. NB: Requires EC
VB330- SW – Software based virtual Probe. Requires software v5.2
PRODUCT ORDERING CODES SOFTWARE
VB33010G2-OPT – Additional 10G SFP+ input for VB330 probe, factory ordered
VB33010G2-UPGR – Additional 10G SFP+ input for VB330 probe, upgrade
ETR290-OPT – ETSI TR 101 290. License for VB330, includes GoldTS, factory ordered
ETR290-UPGR –ETSI TR 101 290. License for VB330, includes GoldTS, upgrade
ETR290-100-OPT – 100 engines with testing of ETSI TR 101 290, includes GoldTS, factory ordered
ETR290-100-UPGR – 100 engines with testing of ETSI TR 101 290, includes GoldTS, upgrade
OTT-ENG-OPT – 1 engine w/active testing of 1 channel or 10 channels round robin, factory ordered
OTT-ENG-UPGR – 1 engine w/active testing of 1 channel or 10 channels round robin, upgrade
BULK-OTT-OPT – 25 engines w/ active testing of 25 channels or 250 channels round robin, factory ordered
BULK-OTT-UPGR – 25 engines w/ active testing of 25 channels or 250 channels round robin, upgrade
T2MI-OPT – DVB-T2MI Encapsulation Synchronisation monitoring option, factory ordered
T2MI-UPGR – DVB-T2MI Encapsulation Synchronisation monitoring option. Upgrade.
EXTRACT-OPT – Content Extraction and Alarming Option – factory ordered – requires v5 sw
EXTRACT-UPGR – Content Extraction and Alarming Option – requires v5 sw, upgrade
SCTE35-OPT – SCTE35 Signalling Analysis and Logging. Factory ordered. Requires v5 sw and ETR Engine
SCTE35-UPGR – SCTE35 Signalling Analysis and Logging. Upgrade. Requires v5 sw and ETR Engine
FLASH32-OPT – Flash Storage 32GB Option. Factory ordered – requires sw v5.1
FLASH32-UPGR – Flash Storage 32GB Option. Upgrade – requires sw v5.1
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