Enterprise Network
Timing

The Challenge

Timing and synchronization enhances enterprise networks and can turn them into money-making assets. To accomplish this goal, several challenges need to be solved:

  • Optimizing network operations and improving quality of service
  • Managing network latency
  • Improving data accuracy and security 
  • Complying with regulations and standards 
“Very large-scale distributed systems demand that time be well-synchronized … Having accurate time is critical to everything we do at Google. Keeping replicas of data up to date, correctly reporting the order of searches and clicks, and determining which data-affecting operation came last are all examples of why accurate time is crucial to our products and to our ability to keep your data safe.” 
 

Learn more about why time matters to Google:

 
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Let us help you make your network your most valuable asset

You'll find the world's best network time servers right here. But if you need something more, our flexible product platforms along with our technology partners can solve the most difficult challenges around enterprise synchronization.


Working Across Industries

We bring the best network timing technologies for practical use to:

  • Data center operations
  • E-commerce
  • Technology and communications
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Security
  • Entertainment
  • Financial services and banking
  • Petrochemical and energy
  • Process control and automation
  • Government

Reliable and Scalable Solutions

We offer reliable and scalable solutions often coupling GPS/GNSS receivers with a precision local oscillator for deployment of network time protocol (NTP); precision time protocol (PTP); and other time sync standards in off-the-shelf configurations, custom configurations, and integrations with technology partners.

Some of the building blocks of our solutions for enterprise networks include:

Ingenuity at Work

  • Simplifying high availability NTP networks

    Leverage Anycast-compatible networks and routers to enhance your NTP deployment.

    If you need a scalable, reliable, high availability synchronization network, Spectracom's NTP over Anycast makes it simple. Deploy redundant stratum-1 servers without the need to manage complexity at the NTP client. A further enhancement includes using Spectracom stratum-2 servers for an extra level of relability.

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Application Notes

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GPS-enabled network time synchronization enables real-time trading of financial instruments by providing secure, accurate, and reliable time for events across the trading network. When an event occurs and is logged into the realtime database, the time associated with the event is accurate to national and international time standards. Synchronizing the time at which a transaction is executed from one system to another allows these systems to properly process transactions accurately.
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Brochures

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White Rabbit – The newest time protocol described here was developed in 2009 at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. White Rabbit is an extension of Ethernet and provides subnanosecond synchronization over 1G Ethernet networks.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2020
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Resilient timing and synchronization for commercial applications.
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Monday, November 5, 2018
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Case Studies

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A live sports broadcasting enterprise with multiple sites and a distributed network was getting its time references via internet time servers, including regional NIST and NTP pool servers … and it wasn’t working out. Their applications were very sensitive to time sync delays, and their time traffic was passing though insecure firewalls. They needed to do better.  Orolia suggested an enterprise hierarchical timing topology instead, utilizing multiple layers: a time reference layer, a time distribution layer, and a client hand-off layer.
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Monday, October 5, 2020
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A customer with a major datacenter facility was experiencing issues with GNSS interference affecting its timing systems. This case study describes the solution, using a low-cost anti-jam antenna.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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An Orolia customer that provides solutions for national security missions needed two perfectly synchronized GPS simulators that could simulate two synchronized trajectories in space at the same time. The customer required flawlessly synchronized receivers on two different Low Earth Orbits (LEO) with a time difference that could not exceed extremely tight constraints – within ±100 picoseconds (ps).
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Monday, November 25, 2019
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Vifor Pharma, a global pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland and specialized in iron deficiency treatments, contacted Orolia to provide them with a solution to make their Time Source more reliable and secure.


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An American space company that specialized in the design, manufacture and launch of small- and medium-class space and rocket systems for military customers needed to synchronize multiple simulators at once.
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Friday, July 17, 2020
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Accurate and resilient timing is essential for critical applications. It is the fundamental requirement to synchronize operations. But what do you do when your GPS receiver is in a basement and underground, with marginal availability of GNSS signals?

This was a challenge for GMV, a global technology corporation that produces WANTime time service for the city of Madrid, Spain. They decided to test Orolia’s DISA-approved SecureSync® network timing and synchronization platform together with Satelles’ STL Satellite Time and Location Service to determine whether this combination of resources could serve as a backup when GNSS signals were unavailable.


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Datasheets

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It is the package that unleashes the full potential of the WR to PTP interoperability. WR-ZEN family, WR-LEN+ and DOWR easily distributes time and frequency to other equipment by implementing standard timing protocols such as PTP, NTP, IRIG-B, etc.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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The Seven Solutions reliable node that provides multiple legacy 10MHz/xPPS timing outputs for all equipment in your rack cabinet through White Rabbit time transfer and its redundant connections. The WR-ZEN TP-32BNC easily distributes time and frequency to other equipment by implementing standard timing protocols such as PTP, NTP, IRIG-B, 10MHz/xPPS, etc.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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The Seven Solutions fundamental standalone node that provides the White Rabbit features to a wide range of applications making use of its redundant connections. The WR-ZEN TP-FL easily distributes time and frequency to other equipment by implementing widely available timing protocols: PTP, NTP, 10MHz/PPS.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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It is the Seven Solutions reliable precise time fan-out for White Rabbit distribution on 1G Ethernet-based networks. The WR-Z16 is a standalone device with 16 SFP connectors which provides sub-nanosecond accuracy time over plug-and-play fiber links.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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Industry Standards

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The payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) requires the use of time-synchronization technology. We can help ensure your compliance with requirement 10.4.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Product Manuals

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User Manual, PRISMA Compliance.
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Opens the Online User Manual for PRISMA Compliance.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Software

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Download link for latest version of the PRISMA Compliance server ISO image
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Download link for latest versions of the PRISMA Compliance transmitters: Linux / deb format Linux / rpm format Linux / tgz format Windows
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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System Diagrams

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System diagram showing hybrid Unicast/Anycast multi-statum NTP network.
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Technical Notes and Briefs

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Spectracom NTP services, implemented in its SecureSync and NetClock 9400 platforms, are compatible with an Anycast routing scheme. The NTP over Anycast feature is a combination of the time server’s ability to associate one of its network ports to an Anycast IP address and to remove itself as an available time source if there is a problem with its reference.
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White Papers

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If you manage a time-sensitive network, you'll want to consider how a leap second event will effect your applications. We offer these tips to help you be prepared.
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Monday, December 31, 2018
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Today's time sensitive networks rely on available and accurate positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) signals to provide leaders with the information required to make timely and effective decisions. The proliferation of GNSS-degrading and denying devices across state and non-state actors put this critical information capability in jeopardy. Learn how a combination of alternative PNT signals with traditional GNSS references makes PNT applications resilient against jamming and spoofing.
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Friday, May 11, 2018
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In January 2018, MiFID II RTS 25 compliance began, including five requirements for timing synchronization. Use this detailed checklist to make sure that you’re aware of the key considerations, your timing chain is ready and you're fully compliant.


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Friday, January 19, 2018
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The last decade has brought a paradigm shift in computing systems from single processor devices — whose performance plateaued — to distributed computing systems. In distributed systems, nodes execute concurrently with limited information about what the other nodes are executing at the moment. A key component of distributed coordination is the enforcement of consistent views at all nodes for the ordering of significant events. To this end, events are "timestamped" with logical counters or — increasingly lately — with tightly-synchronized physical time.

About the Author:

Murat Demirbas is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at University at Buffalo, SUNY. Murat received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2004 and did a postdoc at the Theory of Distributed Systems Group at MIT in 2005. His research interests are in distributed and networked systems and cloud computing. Murat received an NSF CAREER award in 2008, UB Exceptional Scholars Young Investigator Award in 2010, UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Senior Researcher of the Year Award in 2016. He maintains a popular blog on distributed systems at http://muratbuffalo.blogspot.com.


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Friday, May 11, 2018
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The traceability of time synchronization: This document briefly discusses the differences between a time source from within the network compared to outside the network with considerations for traceability for a network deployment of network time protocol (NTP).


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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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If you are in the data center business, you’re faced with a long list of customer demands as businesses and entire industries move operations to the cloud. But you’re also facing an increasingly competitive landscape where offering the best service and greatest value is paramount. Balancing what you can offer customers and at what cost can be complicated, to say the least. An often overlooked service offering, one which provides a large value to customers at a low cost to providers, is Time as a Service (TaaS).
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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New regulations from MiFID II in Europe to the Consolidated Audit Trail in the US mandate that reportable events must be timestamped to much more accurate levels than ever before and that regulated organizations must have a clear understanding of time for all information they are required to report. Europe’s MiFID II, in particular — which came into force on January 3, 2018 — is far more prescriptive with regards to timestamping, as defined by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) within RTS 25.


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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With IP-based video surveillance hardware, commercial and government security professionals can now significantly improve their security system’s efficiency, performance and functionality by leveraging modern networking technologies. However, as is the case with any network, time synchronization – where all clocks in cameras, access systems, recording equipment, and computers have the same time – is essential, not only to ensure proper operation of your surveillance systems, but also to ensure the credibility of legal evidence.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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