Network Packet Brokers, also known as Data (Network) Monitoring Switch, help you to intelligently manage your passively accessed network data and - through innovative technology - make the data packets available to the analysis tools in a reliable and optimized form. The media type and speed of your network are irrelevant, as these devices are equipped with SFP/SFP+/QSFP connections and process the data packets without affecting the active line and redistribute them according to your wishes. For example, by filtering the data with hardware-based filtering mechanisms prior to extraction, you can evaluate multiple 10G lines with existing 1G analysis tools while reducing the amount of data for easy and secure analysis. Data that is not of interest is either discarded or sent to other tools for further analysis.
The intelligent detection of flows makes it easier to monitor asymmetric lines or redundant connections, as the Monitoring Switch always assembles all the packets belonging together in a logical connection and provides them to the appropriate analysis tool. This method also allows a redundant monitoring landscape to be mapped without any problems. You can add multiple analysis devices to a monitoring group and distribute data traffic fairly. If a monitoring device in this group fails or is taken into maintenance, the traffic is automatically redistributed to the remaining devices without external intervention. A "heart-beat" package helps to monitor the health status of the connected monitoring devices.
Network Packet Brokers from Garland Technology support so-called multi-speed transceivers in the optical area. These special SFP modules can be used in the 1G as well as in the 10G range. This flexibility reduces capex costs by eliminating the need for new transceivers when migrating from 1G to 10G and allowing you to go directly to 10G operation without losing time. The management is done via an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and allows you to configure the monitoring switch within a very short time. Drag'n'drop means you don't have to be an expert to set the necessary traffic routing rules. You define input and output ports and set the filter definition - the configuration is ready! The data can be filtered at Layer 2-4 level before being forwarded to the analysis tools. The setting options are very varied, you can, for example, select according to the following criteria:
- Layer 2: Source MAC Address, Destination MAC Address, Ethernet Type, VLAN ID etc.
- Layer 3: Source IP Address, Destination IP Address, IP Address Ranges and Subnets, IPv4 and IPv6 etc.
- Layer 4: TCP or UDP source and destination ports etc.
- Layer 2-7: UDB (User Defined Byte) - Offset Filtering (Up to 6 Offsets can be defined, 128Byte to Layer 2-4)
Further information about our Packet Brokers or Advanced Aggregators can be found on our website https://www.neox-networks.com/.