Network Packet Brokers | Optimize Security and Traffic Flow | Profitap

X2 & X3-Series Network Packet Brokers

Timestamping, Deduplication, Slicing, Tunneling, SSL/TLS Decryption, Data Masking

What is a Network Packet Broker?

A Network Packet Broker (NPB) is a device that optimizes traffic flow between TAP and SPAN connections and network monitoring, security, and acceleration tools. By maintaining a many-to-many (M:M) port mapping of network ports to monitoring ports, they can direct network traffic efficiently. Filters can be applied to optimize bandwidth usage on the network, and load on connected tools, increasing their performance.

Network architectures are constantly becoming more complex and distributed. So are network speeds, volumes of data, and traffic. Network Packet Brokers help you optimize the performance of your monitoring and security tools across the entire network by giving each device the correct packet data, which increases network efficiency while reducing your costs.

X3-Series X2-Series

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.

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NPB Features – Slicing

X3-Series

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.

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X3-Series

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.

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X3-Series X2-Series

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.

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NPB Features – GTP IP Filtering

X3-Series X2-Series

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.

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NPB Features – Timestamping

X3-Series X2-Series

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.

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NPB Features – Deduplication

X3-Series X2-Series

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.

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NPB Features – Tunneling

X3-Series X2-Series XX-Series

Aggregate traffic coming from multiple incoming links

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

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NPB Features – Aggregation

X3-Series X2-Series XX-Series

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.

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NPB Features – Replication

X3-Series X2-Series XX-Series

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 Broker is an ideal tool for this as it sits between the TAPs and security tools.

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NPB Features – Load Balancing

X3-Series X2-Series XX-Series

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.

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NPB Features – Filtering

X3-Series Advanced 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. The X3-Series are Profitap’s most versatile Network Packet Brokers, with standard and advanced features.

  • In-band and out-of-band SSL/TLS decryption
  • Data masking
  • Packet deduplication
  • TCP packet reordering and fragments re-assembling
  • Full tunneling capability
  • Packet Slicing
  • IMSI Filtering / Correlation
  • Timestamping
  • Export NetFlow v5/v9
  • L2-L7 Filtering, DPI
  • Load Balancing
  • Any-to-any Replication and Aggregation
  • Microburst Protection
Announcing: Profitap X3-Series Advanced Network Packet Brokers

Model

X3-880G

X3-440G

Interfaces

48 x 1/10G SFP+
4 x 40/100G QSFP28
24 x 1/10G SFP+
2 x 40/100G QSFP28

1G

10G

40G

100G

Datasheet

X3-880G

Interfaces: 48 x 1/10G SFP+, 4 x 40/100G QSFP28

Speeds: 1G, 10G, 40G, 100G

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X3-440G

Interfaces: 24 x 1/10G SFP+, 2 x 40/100G QSFP28

Speeds: 1G, 10G, 40G, 100G

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X2-Series Network Packet Brokers

The Profitap X2-Series are network packet brokers (NPBs) with a max total throughput of up to 6.4 Tbps. In addition to the standard XX-Series features, these NPBs offer an extensive set of features, such as packet slicing, GTP IP filtering, ERSPAN tunneling & de-tunneling, packet deduplication, and timestamping.

 

  • Aggregation, replication, filtering, VLAN tagging and stripping, MPLS stripping, and load balancing (any-to-any, any-to-many, many-to-many)
  • Packet slicing, timestamping, GRE de-tunneling, VXLAN de-tunneling, and ERSPAN de-tunneling
  • Local and remote management (CLI, GUI, SNMP, Syslog)
  • Layer 2–4 filtering
  • PTPv2 time synchronization
  • RESTful API support
  • Flexible role-based management access
  • In-line mode and in-line tool sharing
  • TACACS+/RADIUS authentication
  • Redundant, hot-swappable PSUs and fan modules
  • Supports 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 100GbE



Model

X2-2000G

X2-3200G

X2-6400G

Interfaces

16 x 1/10/25G SFP28
32 x 10/25G SFP28
8 x 40/100G QSFP28
32 x 40/100G QSFP28
64 x 40/100G QSFP28

1G

10G

40G

100G

Datasheet

X2-2000G

Interfaces: 16 x 1/10/25G SFP28, 32 x 10/25G SFP28, 8 x 40/100G QSFP28

Speeds: 1Gbps, 10Gbps, 25Gbps, 40Gbps, 100Gbps

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X2-3200G

Interfaces: 32 x 40/100G QSFP28

Speeds: 10Gbps, 40Gbps, 100Gbps

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X2-6400G

Interfaces: 64 x 40/100G QSFP28

Speeds: 10Gbps, 40Gbps, 100Gbps

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