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NetOptics xStream™ 40

Network packet brokering switch for monitoring high-speed network traffic

Optimize Your IT Security Management and 40Gbps Network Traffic Monitoring with this Advanced Network Packet Broker

Net Optics xStream™ 40 product family provides comprehensive Network Packet Brokering for 40G networks, delivering filtering, aggregation, load-balancing, time stamping and more. Scalable and high-density, xStream 40 sets new standards in low latency and NPB. This advanced solution is engineered to provide high traffic monitoring and deep applications intelligence as networks soar to 40G. xStream 40’s ingenious load-balancing, aggregation, filtering capabilities let you share IPSs, firewalls and other tools across multiple independent network links, saving on costs and preventing tool oversubscription.

xStream 40 offers a unique cut-through architecture that enables time stamping of packets with nanosecond accuracy, plus xStream 40 supports packet manipulation options on all ports at line rate. With its amazing 1.28Tbps throughput, you can process more traffic faster while maximizing network performance and security.

This new generation of the xStream solution offers customers the advantages of 20 percent more filters and 2.6X higher port density, raising productivity, while saving costs and providing efficient additional options for navigating and managing, simplifying large-scale tasks, and sharing growing traffic loads among multiple tools. In addition, xStream 40 provides SDN ready capabilities.

Software Features Simplify Network Infrastructure ManagementNetOptics-xstream-40

The xStream 40 solution is integral to monitoring today’s high-speed network traffic and controlling security risks. Today’s critical need to record and inspect all traffic as volume soars to 40G is pressuring companies to either purchase costly new 40G tools or risk oversubscription. Now xStream 40 solves this challenge and postpones capital outlay by optimizing current tool investment.
Advanced Architecture Designed for Network Monitoring Optimization

xStream 40’s data monitoring function delivers advanced architecture that uses SFP+/QSFP ports, as well as an integrated multi-speed flow distribution engine to perform distribution and load  balancing of traffic from 10G and 40G links to multiple 1G, 10G, or 40G tools. The appliance also aggregates and filters traffic from multiple 1G and 10G links and distributes it to 1G, 10G, or 40G tools. Users simply plug in the appropriate SFP (1G), SFP+ (10G) or QSFP+ (40G) transceiver modules to match the interfaces of links and tools. The solution automatically performs the data rate and media type conversions—again reducing CAPEX and avoiding the disruption and learning curve that accompany new tools.

Any port can be used for either network connections or monitoring tools. In fact, by splitting cables into separate transmit and receive fibers, you can double the number of ports. TapFlow™ filtering technology sends each tool only traffic-of-interest for its particular purpose. The filtering engine processes traffic at full 10 Gbps line speeds, enabling you to select traffic by protocols, IP addresses, TCP/UDP ports, VLANs, and more.

xStream 40's link aggregation and packet filtering function provides one-to-one, many-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many mappings of network links and Span ports to monitor ports. Traffic from any set of network links and Span ports can be aggregated into a single stream and copied to any monitor port. xStream 40 is a “Smart Filtering” appliance that directs traffic of interest to monitoring tools. Using xStream 40’s TapFlow filtering technology, each tool gets only the traffic needed for its particular purpose. TapFlow’s hardware filtering engine processes traffic at full 40/10 Gbps line speeds while filtering the traffic by protocol, IP address, TCP/UDP port, VLAN, and more.

xStream 40’s network monitoring load balancing function is a very cost-effective solution that provides exactly what is needed for these tools.
Timestamping

xStream 40 supports timestamping of packets on the fly at line rates with nanosecond accuracy—which is particularly important for high speed, low-latency trading environments. Using the PTPv2 (IEEE 1588) protocol, xStream 40 guarantees that timestamping remains accurate. The timestamp can be appended to packets on the fly with or without recalculation of the CRC.
More Advanced Software Capabilities Deliver More Control over Network Analysis and Management

The xStream 40 family’s software capabilities include existing Web UI, role-based access control, SNMP, Network Intelligence, and filter visualization functions, as well as SDN integration support, plus advanced device and policy management and CRM and AAA integration. Simplified MPLS Label Filtering streamlines identification of specific MPLS tags, filtering traffic with single or multiple tags and directing traffic smoothly to relevant tools. Port Rate Limiting prevents overburdening of tools such as IPSs/IDSs, DLPs and firewalls, limiting data volumes to what a tool can reliably handle.

Basic NPB Advanced NPB Ease of Use
     
Purpose-built tool for load balancing Link-State awareness Netconf for SDN Integration
Flow-coherent traffic distribution for multiple inline tools or monitoring tools working in parallel Heartbeat monitoring of attached tools Intuitive Web UI, SSH access
  VLAN tag management  
Supports tool sharing—multiple independent links can share a pool of monitoring devices Any port can be used for monitor or network Secure Web based management
TapFlow™ multi-layer filtering engine for layer 2-4 filtering MPLS label filtering Advanced SNMPv3 integrates with all major NMS and Indigo Pro
Aggregation of input traffic from multiple links Port rate limiting TACACS+/RADIUS support
Packet slicing   Role-Based Access Control Management
Any-to-any, many-to-many port mapping Timestamping with nanosecond accuracy. Graphical “Drag & Draw” Filters
RMON statistics (packet count, utilization, etc.), All counters can be exported as CSV files    
Works with external taps, SPAN ports, and bypass switches    
Up to 64 1-Gigabit SFP+, 10-Gigabit, and up to 4 QSFP 40G ports    
Dual redundant hot-swappable AC or DC power supplies    
Inline tool load balancing (IPS): Leverages 1G, 10G, and 40G  monitoring tool investments    
Improves 10G network compliance and security management    
Relieves oversubscribed tools through load balancing and packet slicing    

Performance
Hardware Throughput
1.28 Tbps; no packets dropped as long as monitor traffic does not exceed monitor port bandwidth
Architecture: Cut-Through
Latency
Ultra low latency of 350 nanoseconds, any packet size, any-port to any-port, any amount of regeneration and filtering (excluding aggregation head-of-line blocking delays)
Load Balancing
Flow coherent, hash-based, 5-tuple (SIP, DIP, SPORT, DPORT, protocol), 2-tuple (SIP+DIP), or other combinations of L2-L4 header fields including SMAC, DMAC, ethertype, and VLAN; out-of-band, inline, tool sharing; 40G-to-10G and 10G-to-1G data rate conversion; link-state awareness; Heartbeat monitoring of inline tool health; 1 to 8 independent load balance groups with up to 16 load-balanced outputs per group; load balancing multicast
Timestamping
Timestamping with nano second accuracy and support for PTPv2 (IEEE 1588)
Port Mapping
Aggregation, any number of ports; regeneration, any number of ports; any-to-any, any-to-many, many-to-any, and many-to-many; any port can be used as an input, an output, or both simultaneously
TapFlow
Filter by IP source address, IP destination address, MAC source address, MAC destination address, source port, destination port, protocol, network port or port group, VLAN
IP Options
MPLS Label, GTP Tunnel ID, DSCP, TOS, User Defined
Network Intelligence
Current utilization, total packets, total bytes, CRC errors. More than 100 detailed  traffic statistics and counters including RMON, All counters can be exported as CSV files
Packet Slicing
Truncate size is configurable by the user
TACACS+/RADIUS
Server allows authentication of users from external AAA servers using either RADIUS or TACACS+ protocols
Device Management
Web UI, Serial console, SSH, SNMPv3, SNMPv2, SNMPv1, Remote software upgrades, back up and restore configuration, Role-Based Access Control Management, Netconf Chassis
Environment
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 40°C
Storage Temperature: -10°C to 70°C
Relative Humidity: 10% min, 95% max, non-condensing
Mechanical
Dimensions: 1.72” high x 15.5” deep x 17.4” wide
Mounting: Surface or 19” rack mount (1U)
Weight: 15.0 lbs
Connectors
Ports: (48) SFP+,  (4) QSFP ports or (64) SFP+ with a splitter cable

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NetOptics xStream40 Data Sheet - Aggregation, Filtering, and Load Balancing for 10G/40G Networks

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