Time for Critical Network Operations

Time for Critical Network Operations

While precise time synchronization is necessary to satisfy compliance-based record-keeping, new applications for distributed and high performance computing have raised the bar significantly.

Cloud computing. Big data. Time-sensitive algorithms such as what is found in high frequency securities trading applications. They all require a carefully architected synchronization service integrated into network operations.

Spectracom supports the trends in enterprise networks toward accurate, high availability, scalable, and manageable timing and synchronization across all network clocks that may be distributed across a single rack all the way to global data center operations.

What’s New in Enterprise Timing

Time for Critical Network Operations

Be aware of the leap second, June 30

A leap second is a vulnerability to network clocks. Evaluate and analyze the effect of a leap second on your network timing applications. We can help.

Link to our “Leap Second Problem” video on YouTube

Time for Critical Network Operations- Anycast NTP Network

Simplify server routing with NTP over Anycast

High availability, scalability, simplicity; for large scale deployments, we make it easy.

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Please contact us for more information on how these recent innovations can improve precision timing to meet these challenges and more for your application.

Spectracom SecureSync® GPS NTP Server

SecureSync® GPS NTP Server

The latest generation of Spectracom secure timing network appliance incudes the most comprehensive set of synchronization and management functions. A GPS-based high bandwidth NTP server is built-in. It is expandable to 4-port, 10/100/1000 MB, high performance PTP grandmaster, and GPS+GLONASS and integrated atomic clock technology.

Spectracom's VelaSync™10 GbE High Speed Time Server

VelaSync™10 GbE High Speed Time Server

Spectracom offers this unique configuration of TimeKeeper sync software, precision GPS timing technology and server hardware to provide high performance time sync over multiple 1 GbE (RJ-45) and 10 GbE (SFP+) network interfaces.

Spectracom's PresenTense Windows NTP Software

PresenTense Windows NTP Software

A suite of software tools for complete management of time synchronization across the elements of your network running Windows.

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Need Accurate, Reliable, and Secure Time Synchronization?

Spectracom's GPS Time Server/Master Clock
Spectracom’s NetClock 9483 is the solution, allowing you to synchronize critical systems and operations to coordinate emergency efforts with legally traceable time. The NetClock 9483 offers a versatile modular design that is fully NENA compliant and tailored especially for Emergency Communication Center applications. Our new Web User Interface is easy to use and provides intuitive status monitoring with simple set-up.

The 9483 can time-synchronize multiple separate networks. The modular design provides expansion card slots, one of which is the 3-network port GigE option card providing synchronization for up to four networks simultaneously. Cards can be added with the initial order, or in the future as system requirements change and evolve.

NetClock 9483 key features:

  • Synchronizes 9-1-1 systems, computer networks, CAD, radio consoles, VoIP, voice and video recorders, ANI/ALI, display clocks
  • Precision GPS time reference with OCXO oscillator for GPS back-up
  • Multi-network port card for separate, isolated networks
  • GLONASS receiver option improves signal acquisition in marginal GPS signal areas, reduces or eliminates signal interference and jamming, provides redundancy for the GPS system
  • Optional Dual- Redundant (AC/DC) power
  • Optional T1/E1 timing card
  • 5 year warranty
Spectracom's GPS Time Server/Master Clock- Data Sheet Spectracom's GPS Time Server/Master Clock

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Synchronizing Time Using Presentense

PresenTense offers you an alternative to the limited functionality of synchronizing with Microsoft W32Time program. PresenTense, will not only synchronize all of the Windows PCs on the network, but also provides alert notification and a audit trail which is  not available from the Microsoft W32Time (Windows Time Service). PresenTense Client and Server software is a has Graphical User Interface (GUI) based program that can provide a primary and back-up time reference for redundancy.

Spectracom Presenttense Client Server

PresenTense Client software synchronizes the PCs to the Time Server and/or another PC on the network that is running the Server software. If the PC can’t reach its Time reference, it can email an alert notification that it can’t be synchronized. PresenTense LAN Time Analyzer is a network time synchronization administrative tool that monitors the time accuracy of all PCs on the network. If a PC exceeds a user-defined accuracy specification, this program can run any exe-based program and can also open a message on the PC’s monitor, alerting to a PC with an error higher than expected and desired

Spectracom Presentense LAN Time Analyzer

Presentense LAN Time Analyzer

The PresenTense NTP Auditor program provides an audit trail of the PC’s time by comparing the PC’s time to up to three different NTP Time references. This program can provide a continuous print-out for a hard-copy proof that each PC was synchronized at any given moment in time. It also logs this information in a text file sorted automatically by month and day. The time is sampled at set intervals and the error of the PC’s time compared to the reference NTP Time Servers is permanently captured. If the time of the PC is manually set by someone at any time between the scheduled samples, the program automatically triggers an unscheduled sample to permanently log how far off from UTC the PC was manually set and when the event occurred. Once the PC is resynchronized or manually set again, another unscheduled sample occurs again and the time of this occurrence is logged.

Presentense NTP Auditor

Spectracom Presentense NTP Auditor Spectracom's Presentense NTP Auditor Software

If you would like to try Presentense for your network you can obtain a free 30 day evaluation trail by contacting us at Telnet Networks at 800-561-4019. You can download you 30 day free trail here

VelaSync™ High Speed Time Server

Spectracom VealSync High Speed Time ServerHigh Performance NTP Server, PTP Grandmaster and Network Sync Monitor

VelaSync™ high speed time server with TimeKeeper™ inside is a network appliance designed for high frequency trading and other low-latency network applications. The combination of FSMLab’s TimeKeeper’s highly optimized timing protocols and management functions, Spectracom’s precision GPS timing technology, and the flexibility of commodity hardware offers exceptional performance and keeps pace with the needs of evolving network infrastructure. The server offers multiple 1GbE (RJ-45) and 10 GbE (SFP+) network ports for set-up, management, and simultaneous NTP and PTP server/grandmaster capability.

Flexible Configuration Provides Reliable, Secure Time

TimeKeeper’s web-based user interface simplifies configuration of multiple time sources for resiliency against GPS attacks, spoofing or jamming, and equipment failures. For example, the server can be easily setup to use a PTP source as a backup to the on-board GPS and use an NTP source as a cross check. The servers can be setup to back up each other so that if one fails, the time service continues. It includes redundant hot-swap power supplies.

Network Sync Monitoring in a Single At-a-glance Instance

A unique aspect of TimeKeeper is the ability to auto-discover and monitor your network’s synchronization topology. From a single-pane-of-glass, see where the server time is going, monitor downstream clients, and discover other available time sources. The benefit is to verify redundancies and failover options, and identify single points of failure and “choke points”. See everything related to time sync across the enterprise.

Spectracom Velasync Deployment

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Spectracom Skylight Indoor GPS Timing System for SecureSync

Spectracom SecureSync Skylight Indoor GPS NTP AntennaOpen a New Window to Accurate Time for Your Network

Even though synchronizing network master clocks and time servers to GPS is well-known as the standard for the most time-sensitive applications, some data centers and critical server locations are not conducive to traditional roof-top GPS antenna installation. Skylight™ provides a solution. Consisting of an indoor GPS antenna panel, a configuration of Spectracom’s SecureSync® modular GPS time server, and an interconnect cable, Skylight opens new possibilities for accurate GPS time.

GPS signals are weak and often impractical in urban environments due to limited visibility of the sky, and constraints of roof-top access and long GPS antenna cable runs. Skylight is a result of Spectracom’s expertise in GPS reception and applications for precision timing. Proprietary alogorithms use a combination of high sensitivity receivers, accurate internal oscillators and other techniques to extract the GPS on-time point to sub-microsecond accuracy even in areas with somewhat limited GPS reception.

Skylight does not work everywhere. A GPS signal above about 30 dBc/N0 at the antenna panel is required. Subterranean and other radio-isolated locations will still need to be synchronized using other techniques (such as over a network via a PTP master-slave combination) versus by GPS directly. However, exterior walls or walls across from a window in above ground floors of a building are likely candidates for Skylight. Even urban canyon situations can be considered as neighboring buildings can often redirect signals to the antenna panel that contain useful timing information for the Skylight system. And the signal does not have to be available 24/7. By using a precise stable oscillator and our proprietary disciplining algorithms, Skylight needs the GPS signal for only a few hours a day. Often the RF noise is reduced at night which can allow Skylight to maintain legally traceable time even if signal acquisition is subpar during the day.

Simple Set-up

The indoor antenna panel can be mounted facing towards or away from the wall it is mounted on, or the decorative cover can be removed and it can be placed on top of a server rack, or even above ceiling tiles. It then gets connected via a RG-58 coaxial cable to a Spectracom SecureSync® modular time and frequency reference system up to 200 feet (60 meters) away. The cable length can be extending using an in-line amplifier to 600 feet (185 meters). The SecureSync is a 1RU NTP time server, PTP grandmaster, and provider of virtually any other network or physical synchronization signal. You can configure the SecureSync at time of order to suit your application for precision timing including the quality of internal oscillator and the ability to sync to GLONASS satellites in addition to, or in lieu of GPS.

Installation Tips

Whether a particular location is suitable for indoor GPS via Skylight depends on several factors. The antenna should be located as close to an exterior wall as possible. It is not necessary for the antenna to be located at a window because in many cases walls attenuate the signal less than the coatings found on modern high efficiency windows. The presence of structures surrounding a building can also affect the availability of signals in a positive or negative way. In general, the higher in the building the antenna is located, the better. Placement near a window can be advantageous if the window is free of coatings and other window coverings or blinds that will block the signal.

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Synchronize Critical Systems and Operations to Coordinate Emergency Efforts with Legally Traceable Time

spectracom netclock9483Spectracom’s NetClock 9483 offers a versatile modular design that’s fully NENA compliant and tailored especially for Emergency Communication Center applications. And now it has a new Web User Interface that’s easier to use and provides intuitive status monitoring with simple set-up.

A key feature of the 9483 is its capability of time-synchronizing multiple separate networks. The modular design provides expansion card slots, one of which is the 3-network port GigE option card providing synchronization for up to (4) networks simultaneously. Cards can be added with the initial order, or in the future as system requirements change and evolve.

NetClock 9483 features include:

  • Synchronizes 9-1-1 systems, computer networks, CAD, radio consoles, VoIP, voice and video recorders, ANI/ALI, display clocks
  • Precision GPS time reference with OCXO oscillator for GPS back-up
  • Multi-network port card for separate, isolated networks
  • GLONASS receiver option improves signal acquisition in marginal GPS signal areas, reduces or eliminates signal interference and jamming, provides redundancy for the GPS system
  • Optional feature of Dual- Redundant (AC/DC) power
  • Optional T1/E1 timing card
  • 5 year warranty

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New NetClock Web UI coming for Spectracom SecureSync and 9400 Series

In January of 2014 we are expecting to release the new browser interface for Spectracom SecureSync and 9400 Netclock Series of time servers.

The new Web-UI for the NetClock Time Server, offers new very easy-to-use, highly intuitive and interactive experience for the user when configuring and monitoring the Spectracom NetClock Models.

You can view a preview of the new UI on this 10 minute video included below. We would certainly be interested in hearing any comments you may have after viewing the video.

New NetClock Web UI coming for Spectracom SecureSync and 9400 Series