NetScout Extends Pervasive Visibility Capabilities

NGenius 1500 series packet-flow switch delivers strong performance, ultra-low latency packet-flow aggregation and distribution capabilities to simplify architecture monitoring.

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NetScout Systems, Inc. has released its nGenius 1500 series packet-flow switch, a high-performance, ultra-low-latency network monitoring switch that enables enterprise IT organizations and service providers to cost-effectively aggregate, filter, and distribute network traffic to the nGenius Service Assurance Solution and other monitoring, compliance, and security tools.

As the first announced product resulting from NetScout’s acquisition of Simena, LLC, the new nGenius 1500 series packet-flow switch aggregates network traffic and distributes the right packet-flow data to the right monitoring tools at the right time.

IT organizations are increasingly leveraging valuable packet-flow data to support a wide range of management, compliance, and security monitoring activities. The fundamental role of a network monitoring switch is to share access to critical network links and efficiently distribute packet-flow data across a diverse range of tools and devices, such as performance and service management, security (IPS, DLP) and other analysis, compliance, and monitoring tools rather than requiring a separate network connection for each device.

In addition, because these monitoring and security tools typically have different requirements for the type of network traffic they receive, leveraging an intelligent network monitoring switch that can filter and condition traffic will streamline delivery and reduce the processing burden on the receiving device, thus lowering the cost of accessing the data.

Built from the same low-latency switching silicon used in several high-performance data center networking platforms, the nGenius 1500 series packet-flow switch combines the flexibility, power, scale, and intelligence needed to support the most demanding network monitoring environments. The single rack unit (1 RU) device provides up to 24-ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) with a sustained latency of 650 nanoseconds.

Each of the 24-ports can also accommodate a 1 GbE connection through the use of small form-factor pluggable connectors (SFP) and can be dynamically configured for either incoming or outgoing traffic flows. A powerful 240 Gbps non-blocking switch fabric delivers layer 2-4 wire-speed intelligent packet filtering, port tagging, and load balancing capabilities; all service options can be enabled simultaneously on each port with no performance impact.

The nGenius 1500 series packet-flow switch provides powerful aggregation and intelligent filtering capabilities to collect IP packet-flow traffic from a single network connection, or monitoring point, and distributes the flows to a diverse range of management and security tools, including nGenius InfiniStream appliance and nGenius Voice l Video Engine appliance. Monitored traffic can be optimized and conditioned to deliver only the relevant data from a particular packet-flow or user session to improve end-device performance. This enables an IT organization to simplify and improve its pervasive visibility across the service delivery environment into business applications and unified communication services to understand service integrity, transaction performance and the user experience.

The nGenius 1500 series packet-flow switch is available and shipping now. The 24-port 1 RU device offers a pay-as-you-grow configuration model where users can start with eight active ports and can activate additional ports in increments of four. Up to two devices can be clustered and managed as one switch and all advanced services and features are included as standard with no incremental costs.

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