Managing & Optimizing Data Flow

Transform network management and empower security tools

Precise data acquisition is paramount for robust performance analysis and stringent cybersecurity measures. However, large amounts of unfiltered traffic can quickly overwhelm security and analysis tools. By optimizing network traffic before sending it to security and NPM/APM appliances, organizations can ensure accuracy and efficiency in threat detection and network and application performance monitoring.

Profitap Data Flow Management and Optimization Solutions empower you to manage and fine-tune the traffic flow that powers your performance optimization and cybersecurity operations.

Network Packet Brokers: The ultimate tool for effective data management

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Network Packet Brokers (NPBs) play a central role in your resource optimization and security posture enhancement. They filter and manage the traffic flow from physical and virtual network TAPs, giving you complete control over the data stream. You can apply advanced filters to optimize bandwidth usage on the network and reduce the load on connected tools, increasing their performance.

Our NPB solutions are a crucial traffic optimization solution:

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Economic excellence

Reduce the financial and operational burden on network monitoring and security solutions. With NPBs’ advanced filtering capabilities, you can fine-tune the data traffic reaching these tools, ensuring they operate efficiently.

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Scalable and flexible

As your network expands, so can our solutions. With the ability to scale out your infrastructure without creating bottlenecks, you can deploy tools where needed most. Simply set up your port mapping and traffic filters, and you’re good to go.

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Seamless Integration

Our network packet brokers seamlessly work with our own traffic capture & analysis and 3rd party network security platforms.

Network packet broker features

NPB Features – Slicing

Optimize bandwidth and storage utilization and ensure security compliance

When using packet slicing, the frame headers are kept, and the payloads dropped. By removing payloads that are irrelevant to your network monitoring and security analysis, tool overload and bandwidth usage can be decreased.

  • X3-Series
  • X2-Series

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SSL/TLS decryption

In-band and out-of-band SSL/TLS decryption

The X3-Series supports in-line and out-of-band SSL/TLS traffic decryption. In in-line mode, the X3-Series decrypts and re-encrypts traffic. This allows connected tools to see decrypted data before it is re-encrypted and sent back into the network. Out-of-band decryption means the X3-Series passively decrypts a mirrored or tapped copy of the traffic.

  • X3-Series

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Data masking

Data masking

Decrypted traffic can expose confidential data to network engineers and analysts, resulting in security or privacy implications. The X3-Series can obfuscate sensitive data to comply with regulations and prevent data leakages. Data masking enables complete visibility into decrypted data without the risk of exposing sensitive data.

  • X3-Series

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NPB Features – GTP IP filtering

Filtering IP-based communication in GTP sessions

The GPRS tunneling protocol (GTP) policies contain rules that permit, deny or tunnel traffic. The Profitap X2-Series NPBs perform GTP policy filtering by checking GTP-U data-plane packets against policies that regulate GTP traffic and by then forwarding, dropping, or tunneling the packet based on these policies.

  • X3-Series
  • X2-Series

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NPB Features – Timestamping

Measure latency for accurate analysis

A crucial aspect of running and maintaining a network is speed. In the context of network monitoring, speed is linked to the concept of latency, referring to the speed of the network or the Remote Response time.

  • X3-Series
  • X2-Series

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NPB Features – Deduplication

Removes packet duplicates and provides a substantial reduction in data traffic volume

Duplicate packets are very common in networks. When accessing traffic at multiple locations in the network, picking up the same packets multiple times is almost unavoidable. When duplicate packets are transmitted to your monitoring tools, the unnecessary utilization of bandwidth and processing power reduces the efficiency and effectiveness of these tools.

  • X3-Series
  • X2-Series

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NPB Features – Tunneling

ERSPAN tunneling and de-tunneling, GRE de-tunneling, VXLAN de-tunneling

NGNPBs provide access to traffic encapsulated for a variety of tunneling protocols, such as Encapsulated Remote SPAN (ERSPAN), Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE), and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN). These advanced de-tunneling features help ease blind spots of multiple traffic traversing on a network anywhere within your IT infrastructure, whether locally or remotely, physically, or virtually.

  • X3-Series
  • X2-Series

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NPB Features – Aggregation

Aggregate traffic coming from multiple incoming links

Optimize port, bandwidth, and network tool utilization by consolidating traffic from multiple sources, such as Network TAPs.

  • X3-Series
  • X2-Series
  • XX-Series

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NPB Features – Replication

Replicate traffic to multiple monitoring and security tools

Traffic replication is the process of making multiple copies of data and forwarding them to different locations, such as NPM/APM tools, network security tools, and data storage.

  • X3-Series
  • X2-Series
  • XX-Series

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NPB Features – Load Balancing

Balance traffic over multiple monitoring and security tools

When several security tools are deployed, load balancing can optimize the response time and avoid uneven load while another is idling. By distributing the traffic load evenly among the available security tools they are used in the most efficient way. A Network Packet Broke is an ideal tool for this as it sits between the TAPs and security tools.

  • X3-Series
  • X2-Series
  • XX-Series

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NPB Features – Filtering

Send only actionable data to each of the connected tools

Ensure optimum efficiency of monitoring and security tools, and bandwidth utilization, by filtering traffic such that only appropriate data is sent to these network tools

  • X3-Series
  • X2-Series
  • XX-Series

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Profitap data management & optimization solutions

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XX-Series Network Traffic Aggregators

XX-Series NPBs are high density packet brokers, offering powerful features, such as aggregation, replication, advanced filtering, and load balancing.

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X2-Series Network Packet Brokers

X2-Series NPBs are next-generation network packet brokers (NGNPBs), offering an extensive set of features, such as packet slicing, GTP IP filtering, ERSPAN tunneling & de-tunneling, and packet deduplication.

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X3-Series Network Packet Brokers

The new generation of X3-Series Advanced Network Packet Brokers enables full visibility over packets and flows and complex advanced processing for extended visibility.

Supervisor Overview

Profitap Supervisor’s web-based interface provides access to all of the centralized management functions in a clear and intuitive way.

This web-based interface allows easy access from any OS or platform.

Traffic Management

Define traffic rules on an interconnected fleet of XX-Series and X2-Series packet brokers. Traffic rules can be used to forward, aggregate and replicate traffic from different devices. Supervisor will automatically generate and deploy the necessary device configuration to achieve the desired results.

Traffic Statistics

Display and monitor traffic statistics for connected devices and groups of devices. Devices and groups can be easily added or removed from this view so you can focus on the statistics you need at any given time.

Firmware Update

Update the firmware of multiple devices in a single operation. Simply select the devices to update, select the firmware file, and Supervisor will handle the update of all selected devices.

Device Monitoring

Display and manage devices connected to Supervisor. This view provides general information about connected devices. You can select any device for additional information. You can also add or remove devices, and organize them into groups.

Event Monitoring

View all of the events detected by Supervisor. The list of events can be filtered by time range, event type, and message. You can click events involving a rule set to quickly navigate to the device and rule set involved.

Firmware Update

Update the firmware of multiple devices in a single operation. Simply select the devices to update, select the firmware file, and Supervisor will handle the update of all selected devices.

Define traffic rules on an interconnected fleet of XX-Series and X2-Series packet brokers. Traffic rules can be used to forward, aggregate and replicate traffic from different devices. Supervisor will automatically generate and deploy the necessary device configuration to achieve the desired results.

 

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Display and monitor traffic statistics for connected devices and groups of devices. Devices and groups can be easily added or removed from this view so you can focus on the statistics you need at any given time.

 

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Update the firmware of multiple devices in a single operation. Simply select the devices to update, select the firmware file, and Supervisor will handle the update of all selected devices.

 

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Display and manage devices connected to Supervisor. This view provides general information about connected devices. You can select any device for additional information. You can also add or remove devices, and organize them into groups.

 

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View all of the events detected by Supervisor. The list of events can be filtered by time range, event type, and message. You can click events involving a rule set to quickly navigate to the device and rule set involved.

 

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Tailor-made to empower your network tools

We understand that every network is as unique as the organization it serves. This is why our solutions are more than one-size-fits-all. Tailored to the specifics of your network architecture, our traffic management and optimization solutions can be adapted to meet dynamic business needs, ensuring you’re always in control​.

Don’t let your network data be a bottleneck. Turn it into a strategic asset. Contact us today to revolutionize your network management.

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