Network package brokers eliminate blind spots in 400G hybrid networks

Advanced visibility for 400G hybrid networks is provided with new network packet brokers released by Keysight Technologies. The Vision 400 series network packet brokers are claimed to eliminate blind spots in complex, high-speed networks.

Networks are gaining speed and complexity to support hybrid IT networks and multi-cloud business deployments for applications such as 5G, remote work, AI, video streaming and augmented / virtual reality (AR/VR). 

A Network Visibility report by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) found that 96 per cent of organisations find packet analysis critical to cybersecurity operations, but only 34 per cent are successful with their network visibility architecture. The report further confirmed that network (or packet) data is vital to improving customer experience as well as understanding and securing these networks.

To address this growing challenge, Keysight has released 400G ready network packet brokers for enterprises and service providers to improve application delivery experience and security posture against advanced persistent threats:

Vision Edge 400S offers high speed and scalable rack and edge traffic aggregation. It offers a variety of port configurations and advanced tunnelling, IP header filtering, load balancing and timestamping features, which ensures organisations are prepared to handle demanding performance.

A second product, Vision 400, offers advanced capabilities to address demanding core network security monitoring environments. It supports sophisticated packet processing for complex overlay networks including deduplication, header stripping, packet trimming, and a deep understanding of applications running in the networks with application identification, geolocation, and decryption.

According to Cam Beasley, chief information security officer at University of Texas, the 400 Series network packet brokers offer flexible support for network speeds from 10G to 400G and advanced packet grooming features which will enable the university to scale to cover new campus needs such as remote interactive learning and monitoring of cloud workloads. These function require high-speed, low latency, and consistent monitoring of expanded use of MPLS and SDN, he explained.

The 400 platforms are scalable and based on Keysight’s hardware-based, no packet loss architecture that enables customers to monitor and secure business applications.

Advanced packet grooming features strip and terminate 20 different tunnel headers to eliminate blind spots in complex software-defined networks used for application delivery.

Multiple port configurations support current network performance while ensuring the networks can be upgraded with 10G / 25G / 40G / 50G / 100G / 200G / 400G offerings.

It also provides support for both NRZ and PAM4 standards for maximum port density and flexibility.

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