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FS Network Packet Broker: Make Your Network Visible and Secure

September 16, 2021

With the rapid development of the Internet and broad application of information technology, website content and network applications change with each passing day, making networks visible and secure is particularly important.

Better network visualization techniques allow better monitoring of applications to optimize overall application performance. In addition, better network visualization allows you to monitor network traffic for malicious behavior and potential threats more closely. So, whether for individuals, enterprises or countries, strengthening network visualization and security protection is of great significance.

This article gives a brief introduction to the definition and benefits of network packet brokers, and explains how FS network packet brokers fit for your network security and monitory needs in detail.

What Is a Network Packet Broker?

Network Packet Broker (NPB) is a device that optimizes the flow of traffic between TAP and SPAN connections and network monitoring, security tools. The packet broker collects traffic from single or multiple network links, filtering and distributing each individual packet to the correct network monitoring tool by load balancing, which enhances the performance of network analysis and security tools. Take FS Network Packet Broker T5850-48S6Q for example:

Network Packet Broker

Why Do I Need a Network Packet Broker?

Network packet brokers can be applied in the following two scenarios.

First, the same traffic collection point has multiple traffic demands. If multiple taps are used, multiple points of failure are added. If multiple mirroring (SPAN) is used, multiple mirroring ports are occupied, which affects device performance.

Second, the same security device or traffic analysis system needs to collect traffic from multiple collection points, but the device port is limited and cannot receive traffic from multiple points at the same time.

Here are some other benefits of adopting a network packet broker for your network:

  • Filter out invalid traffic and improve security device utilization;

  • Support coexistence of multiple traffic collection modes to make deployment more flexible;

  • Support tunnel decapsulation to meet requirements for analyzing virtualized network traffic;

  • Meet the demand of secret-related packet desensitization to save special desensitization equipment and the cost;

  • Calculate the network delay according to the time stamps of the same data packet at different collection points.

FS Network Packet Brokers Ensure Your Network Visible and Secure

Through rigorous product testing, the network packet broker series in FS can play an important role in making network visible and secure for you. FS network packet brokers are suitable for Internet enterprises and data service providers to solve problems such as insufficient span ports, heavy traffic and more.

All the network packet brokers in FS can deal with the following aspects: traffic aggregation and distribution, traffic editing, management interface, tunnel decapsulation, traffic match, and traffic load balance.

In addition, the user-friendly advantages of FS network packet brokers are as follows:

  • Easy of management: support Web GUI, CLI, SSH, Telnet.

  • Diverse monitoring and operations: SNMP Trap, sFlow.

  • Programmable: Json-RPC, RPC-API.

In short, FS network packet brokers feature visible traffic, quick analysis and troubleshooting, and the multiple options make it easier for management, monitoring, operation and secondary development. They will be reliable tools to ensure the network visible and secure.

FS Network Packet Brokers

Continue reading to get detailed info about FS Network Packet Brokers.

FS Network Packet Broker Recommendations

The following chart shows the specification comparison of the five network packet brokers available in FS for your wise selection:

T5850-32S2Q T5850-48S6Q T5850-48S2Q4C T8050-20Q4C T5800-8TF12S
PoE Ports 8
SFP+ Ports 32 48 48 12
QSFP+ Ports 2 6 2 20
QSFP28 Ports 4 4
Switching Capacity 800Gbps 1.44Tbps 1.92Tbps 2.4Tbps 640Gbps
Throughput 595.2Mpps 1071.4Mpps 1071.4Mpps 1071.4Mpps 476.2Mpps
Latency 612ns 612ns 612ns 612ns 2.8us
MTBF(Hours) 108822.22 97210.07 99936.04 95097.71
Typical/Max Power Draw 120W/150W 150W/190W 160W/200W 120W/160W <47w
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