Inline traffic aggregation, filtering, deduplication and load balancing
Network Packet Broker (NPB) is category of compact, hardware-based, rack-mounted devices that offer a new approach for handling and manipulating network packets. NPBs optimize the access and visibility of traffic from one or many network links to monitoring, security and acceleration tools. NPB capabilities include:
Aggregation of monitored traffic from multiple links/segments
Filtering and grooming of traffic to relieve overburdened monitoring tools
Load-balancing traffic across a pool of tools
Regeneration of traffic to multiple tools
NPBs intelligently distribute traffic flowing from network devices across various port mappings-many-to-many, any-to-many, many-to-any, and any-to-any. Formerly NPBs were known as data monitoring switches, data access switches, matrix switches, or traffic aggregators. The category of NPB encompasses all of these.