The most important thing you could add to your network...

Niagara's Packet Brokers deliver access to network data to NetOps & SecOps to enable detection, investigation and response to threats in real-time.
Our NPB solutions are empowered by comprehensive Technology Alliance Program with world-class technology leaders and deployed in the world's most prominent networks.

What Exactly Does a Network Packet Broker Do

Niagara’s NPB advanced  solutions perform a range of crucial functionalities for all types of networks, even those with extremely complex architectures and that are resource-intensive including:

  • Total Network Visibility - Identifying known, suspicious, and unknown traffic passing through the network
  • Network robustness - Ensuring data loss prevention and advanced filtering, as well as high availability, stripping, and other special-purpose packet capabilities. Including complex Regular Expression(REGEX) filtering and headers stripping for filtered traffic which inspection tools can process and analyze 
  • Network management - Not just knowing how to monitor network traffic, but also knowing what to do with each type of traffic: where to pass known (authorized) data types, and how to handle suspicious and unknown traffic to simplify APM and NPM analytics and reporting 
  • Advanced network security - streamline security analysis and advanced threat detection and prevention

Why You Need a Network Packet Broker

In their role as data analyzers, Niagara’s Packet Brokers can also handle deduplication of redundant (duplicate) packets before they reach analysis or security tools within the network, that are passed along by multiple TAPs forwarding their data traffic. The NPBs will eliminate those duplicates and make sure network tools do not waste resources on handling redundant data.

Basic data packet manipulation schema includes one network link, to one tool (one-to-one), one network link to multiple tools (one-to-many), multiple network links to one tool (many-to-one) and multiple network links to multiple tools (many-to-many) – interlaced and load balanced into a network-wide fabric. 

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Packet Brokers for any Use Case

Niagara offers 3 types of Network Packet Brokers:

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Fixed NPB

Niagara’s signature FixedBroker is a high density, high performance, NPB series that packs a lot of power into a compact, 1U form factor. FixedBroker supports non-blocking fabric and a wide range of network interfaces up to 100Gb.

Some models offer multiple network interface types for easy aggregation and stacking. All FixedBroker models include Niagara’s pioneering Packet Heartbeat technology and FabricFlow technology for an exhaustive built-in set of packet broker features including replication, aggregation, filtering, tunnel handling,  load balancing, and more.

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Multi-purpose NPB

Niagara's cutting edge multi-purpose
N2 series is the ultimate visibility solution. It provides a single multi-purpose platform that covers all of the visibility adaptation scenarios required in a network. The N2 series can be populated with a wide range of high density, high versatility, processor-accelerated modules that enable our Open Visibility Platform that can host 3rd party applications and expand traffic intelligence all the way to the application layer.  

With a modular design, it supports advanced FabricFlow technology capabilities and features including network TAP, bypass, packet broker, and Network Intelligence Applications

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Hybrid Packet
Broker / Bypass

Niagara's optimized all-in-one bypass TAP and Network Packet Broker.

This multifunctional solution combines hybrid bypass TAP functionality with a fully featured network packet broker. This flexibility lets you configure  up to 8 1/10/25Gb multipurpose bypass segments, or up to 48  1/10/25Gb I/O packet broker ports, or any combination of bypass segments and packet broker ports.

 

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