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VERSAstream™ Network Packet Brokers

Load Balancing and Packet Filtering for Cost Effective Data Capture and Monitoring Applications

Network Packet Broker

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Description

Networks are growing more complex, carrying more services, higher volumes of multiprotocol network traffic, and requiring greater bandwidth. At the same time, network and security personnel are required to monitor and analyze more links in greater detail throughout the network in order to meet application performance demands, minimize security threats, and meet regulatory compliance. Higher speed networks are being deployed, fueling the need for higher speed monitoring tools.

Network Packet Brokers help solve many of today’s most pressing tool deployment problems by allowing organizations to conveniently connect 10G and 1G test and monitoring tools to any traffic on the network.

Benefits & Features

  • Consolidate monitoring tools to reduce management expenses and lower tool costs
  • Single point of deployment and remote management minimizes management expenses and reduces MTTR
  • Easily share scarce SPAN ports and test access points without maintenance windows
  • Receives traffic from external taps or SPAN ports to allow you to deploy tools right away without impacting production network
  • Media conversion – leverage existing monitoring tools regardless of media type
  • Manage devices remotely or locally with easy-to-use web-based management tool or CLI

Balance traffic across multiple ports to allow growth as the volume of data increases.  Load balancing helps prevent loss of data by enabling deployment of redundant security tools that can back each other up, in the event of failure or during while their software updates. As links get faster, you need to be able to distribute traffic across lower speed analysis tools. Load balancing allows you to extend the life of existing lower speed devices as your network traffic increases.

Instead of tools attempting to keep up with high-speed aggregates traffic streams, the VERSAstream can apply packet filters to the data to increase tool efficiency and eliminate port oversubscription. Line-rate hardware filtering on each port allows you to customize and streamline the amount and type of data each connected monitoring tool receives. Because they are receiving only traffic of interest, tools run faster, data is more manageable, and issues are resolved quicker. Command line filtering uses Wireshark(tm) based syntax.

Many-to-Any monitoring access aggregates network traffic and provides visibility for one or more monitoring tools. Aggregate and reassemble full duplex conversations from one or more trunked links. Perfect for tools that don’t support multiple monitoring interfaces or for redundant networks, EtherChannel, load balanced servers, and asymmetrically routed traffic.

Any-to-Many configurations replicate copies of identical network traffic to provide multiple tools with monitoring access to the same links. In addition to eliminating contention for scarce SPAN ports and test access points, multiple tools can be connected to the same link for redundancy, testing, or advanced monitoring applications.

Any of the ports can be configured as input (network) or output (monitoring) ports  on the fly through an easy to use command line interface (CLI) or Web-based management.

VERSAstream™ Packet Broker Models

Model
Speed
Ports
Connectors
Data Sheet
VS-1204BT-S
10/100/1000
4
RJ45
VS-1208BT-S
10/100/1000
8
RJ45
VS-1212-F
10/100/1000, 1G, 10G
12
SFP, SFP+, SR, LR, LRM, SX, LX, BT
VS-1224-F
10/100/1000, 1G, 10G
24
SFP, SFP+, SR, LR, LRM, SX, LX, BT

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