Modular Multi-Purpose Visibility Layer

The N2 modular network packet broker product series provides a single multi-purpose platform that covers all the visibility adaptation scenarios in a network.

The N2 series can be populated with a wide range of high-density, high-versatility, processor-accelerated modules. This modular design supports advanced FabricFlow technology. It supports capabilities and features including network tap, bypass, packet broker and packet processing applications.

The N2 series is available in both a 1U and 2U form factor

Diagram of the modular multi-purpose visibility layer showing how a modular network packet broker allows flexibility, performance and functionality.

The modules cover different visibility layer functionality:

inPassive

inPassive

integrated passive tap module: Consists of integrated passive taps (copper or fiber). The module includes integrated passive splitters where users can specify the network/monitor split ratio to satisfy their deployment needs. Also includes integrated transceiver on all ports, bringing the traffic to the non-blocking switching fabric backplane for use by any of the other modules. Users can attach as many monitoring appliances as required by combining an iPassive module with an iBroker module.
inBypass

inBypass

integrated bypass module: Consists of bypass segment(s) of 2 network ports and 2 appliance ports. Double-protection bypass technology offers a built-in failsafe optical or copper relay on network ports and user-configurable heartbeat-generated packets on the appliance ports, so that appliance failure can be automatically detected. The module also includes integrated transceivers on all network ports, bringing the traffic to the non-blocking switching fabric backplane for use by any of the other modules.
inBroker

inBroker

integrated network packet broker module: Consists of input/output ports that are connected to the non-blocking switching fabric backplane. By connecting to the backplane, the input ports that serve the network side can be used by any of the other modules. The output ports that serve the tool/appliance side can be connected in monitor or inline deployments.