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ProLabs unveils multi-vendor compatible optical transceivers

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ProLabs, a provider of compatible network connectivity products, has launched of a new range of optical transceivers that are designed to work with Cisco, Juniper and Arista platforms.

Whilst the functionality is similar to other optical transceivers, the EEPROM code that is loaded into a ProLabs multicode transceiver is compatible with three vendors instead of just one.

The multicode optical transceiver is a single source with multiple vendor ‘personalities’, providing a means to interconnect equipment from different vendors whilst mitigating the need for multiple spare parts. This can create cost savings of up to 70 per cent compared to the OEM equivalent part, the company claims.

Christian Rookes, director of product management at ProLabs explained: “Traditionally compatibles vendors have offered a transceiver that is compatible with one OEM piece of equipment, under one part code, and then provided another part code where the coding is different to be compatible with a second compatible vendor. ProLabs is able to provide a multicoded solution where a single transceiver with a single part code is actually compatible with a number of leading OEM products, allowing customers to streamline their purchasing, stock expenditure, and capital.”

Uniquely, the range of multicode products will not affect OEM warranties: all ProLabs products are 100 per cent tested, designed to comply with industry standard multi-source agreements (MSAs) and come with lifetime warranties.

The announcement follows 18 months of growth for ProLabs as it expands its reach globally, taking its distribution partners from 1 to 14 and the number of value added resellers from one to four. Its products allow 100 per cent interoperability with more than 40 leading OEMs, mitigating vendor lock-in and promoting end-user choice and flexibility.