Net Optics xFilter
Performs Packet Grooming and Optimization Functions such as Deduplication, Packet Management and Filtering, and Tunnel Decapsulation
Network Packet Brokers (NPBs) are vital additions to monitoring and access architecture for meeting urgent monitoring needs driven by cloud-fueled complexity and capacity. Now, Net Optics answers the growing demand for a hardware-based appliance to optimize access and visibility for your monitoring, security and optimization tools.
When added to Director™ family switches or the versatile Net Optics xBalancer™, the xFilter seamlessly aggregates raw traffic from multiple devices, and then speeds that traffic to your network’s monitoring tools for inspection. The xFilter simplifies deploying and managing of your security and monitoring tools while maximizing tool ROI—reducing CAPEX and OPEX for management and maintenance. With xFilter, your tools can deliver the performance, security, and compliance monitoring you need in your physical, virtual and cloud environments.
How xFilter Optimizes Packets for Optimized Network Monitoring
The xFilter serves as a gateway for pass-through network data streams and a termination point for traffic that has been encapsulated by such protocols as VXLAN, Cisco FabricPath, ER-SPAN, LTE/GTP, PPPoE, MPLS, or other tunneling technologies. It works at exceptionally high throughput to decapsulate traffic, then reassembles fragmented packets. After decapsulation, xFilter can perform various packet operations such as header removal and VLAN tagging. It can then forward packets to an egress port (and optionally a VLAN), as determined by your filtering rules. The appliance can also encapsulate and forward traffic to any policy-based routable destination.
With its high port density (up to 12 10G ports), the multi-functional xFilter can strip complex traffic down to simple data streams. It removes MPLS headers and VN-Tag headers, performs VN-Tag mapping of virtual interface IDs, decapsulates and strips Cisco FabricPath headers, tags VLANs to identify a packet’s source or destination, filters/analyzes packets to control access based on defined criteria—and much more. This efficient appliance is essential to network security and productivity, enabling you to gain full value from your monitoring tools.
xFilter improves your network visibility and security substantially and helps you manage ever-growing threats to your network. This appliance is optimized for use in both the physical and virtual environments, including Net Optics Network Taps and the Phantom Virtualization Tap™. The xFilter also integrates smoothly with Director solutions and xBalancer, saving you time and cost. With xFilter, you reduce your packet payload overhead before traffic reaches your monitoring tools, which raises the overall efficiency of your network.
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