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10 GbE, 40 GbE, 100 GbE Network Packet Brokers for Carrier-Grade Network Visibility

As network traffic continues on an exponential growth curve, service providers rely on a growing ecosystem of monitoring tools to effectively secure and manage their networks. But monitoring tools, like the networks they monitor, face significant scalability challenges that result in increased costs, higher operational complexity, and reduced productivity.

To manage escalating costs and enhance tool productivity, service providers need a scalable, programmable, and intelligent visibility infrastructure that can curate traffic in order to deliver relevant flows to each individual tool.

Extreme Physical Packet Brokers are NEBS Level 3-certified, highly scalable visibility nodes that aggregate, optimize, filter, and forward replicated traffic flows from the production network to network monitoring tools. They support API-based, dynamic programmability for real-time, on-demand traffic visibility and are ideally suited for the high-density monitoring requirements of the most demanding networks.

Interface Modules

Physical Packet Brokers support a wide range of leading-edge interface modules for 1 GbE, 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE. These modules are available in multiple versions to meet different scalability requirements. This flexibility allows network operators to use a single platform, which they can optimize, for many deployment needs.

  • 20×1 GbE: Extreme MLX® 20-port 1 GbE SFP+ and SFP combo module. License upgradable to support 10 GbE.
  • 20×10/1 GbE: Extreme MLX 20-port 10 GbE and 1 GbE SFP+ and SFP combo module
  • 4×40 GbE: Extreme MLX 4-port 40 GbE module with IPv4/ IPv6/ MPLS hardware support and support for QSFP+ optics, including both LR and SR
  • 2×100 GbE CFP2: Extreme MLX 2-port 100 GbE module with IPv4/ IPv6/ MPLS hardware support and support for CFP2 optics

Flow Aggregation and Regeneration

Wire-speed 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE flow filtering and forwarding on ports in a single line card or across several
line cards:

  • Map bidirectional (uplink and downlink) flows to the same network port
  • Replicate flows from any network port to any tool port on the same or different line cards
  • Aggregate flows from multiple 1 GbE, 10 GbE, or 40 GbE network ports to a single 10 GbE, 40 GbE, or 100 GbE tool port
  • Distribute flows from one 10 GbE, 40 GbE, or 100 GbE network port across multiple 1 GbE, 10 GbE, or 40 GbE tool ports
  • Selectively forward flows from 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE network ports to lower-speed tool ports
  • Mirror flows across tool ports
  • Dual, concurrent IPv4 and IPv6 stack support
  • Burst protection with buffering on network ports

Flow Filtering

Flow selection and filtering configurable on a per-tool basis, based on:

  • Layer 2, 3, and 4 criteria (5-tuple)
  • Deep-packet (up to 128 bytes) pattern matching
  • GTP outer and inner headers
  • Packet length
  • International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI)
  • VLAN tags

Load Balancing

Balance traffic load across multiple egress ports based on:

  • Round-robin packet distribution
  • IP hash
  • GTP TEID and payload (inner) IP address
  • International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI)

Layer 2–4 Flow Optimization

Packet modification features for optimized flow delivery:

  • MPLS label and VLAN tag stripping
  • Port labeling
  • Packet slicing
  • Time stamping

Mobile (Layer 7) Flow Optimization

Stateful optimization of mobile bearer and control flows:

  • GTP correlation
  • Subscriber (IMSI) aware forwarding
  • Inter Radio Access Type (IRAT) transfer aware forwarding
  • Bearer flow de-duplication (based on inner IP payload)
  • Automated mobile network topology learning


  • API access for real-time (sub 1 millisecond ow programming)


  • Provides a scalable network visibility node for high-capacity network monitoring
  • Delivers dynamic flow programming, enabling real-time, on-demand traffic visibility
  • Enables wire-speed traffic aggregation, regeneration, optimization, and load balancing to deliver maximum tool productivity
  • Provides industry-leading 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE port density and backplane capacity, maximizing scale while minimizing space
  • Offers flexible 4-, 8-, 16-, and 32-slot chassis form factors to support diverse deployment scenarios
Packet Brokers Network Management
Extreme Networks Advisor Web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Integrated industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI)
sFlow (RFC 3176)
SNMP v1, v2c, v3
Support for automated configuration management using NETCONF
Entity MIB (Version 3)
Packet Brokers Element Security Options
TLS 1.1 and 1.2
Secure Shell (SSH v2)
Secure Copy (SCP v2)
Username/Password (Challenge and Response)
Bi-level Access Mode (Standard and EXEC Level)
Protection against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, such as TCP SYN or Smurf Attacks
Packet Brokers Environmental
Operating temperature: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage temperature: -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Relative humidity: 5% to 90%, at 40°C (104°F), noncondensing
Storage humidity: 95% maximum relative humidity, noncondensing
Operating altitude: 6,600 feet (2,012 meters)
Storage altitude: 15,000 feet (4,500 meters) maximum
Packet Brokers Safety Agency Approvals
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-3
UL 60950-1
IEC 60950-1
EN 60950-1 Safety of Information
Technology Equipment
EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products —
Part 1: Equipment Classification
Requirements and User’s Guide
EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Product —
Part 2: Safety of Optical Fibre Communication Systems
Packet Brokers Electromagnetic Emission
ICES-003 Electromagnetic Emission
FCC Class A
EN 55022/CISPR-22 Class A/VCCI Class A
AS/NZS 55022, EN 61000-3-2 Power Line Harmonics
EN 61000-3-3 Voltage Fluctuation and Flicker
EN 61000-6-3 Emission Standard
(supersedes EN 50081-1)
Packet Brokers Immunity
EN 61000-6-1 Generic Immunity and Susceptibility (supersedes EN 50082-1)
EN 55024 Immunity Characteristics. Supersedes:
- EN 61000-4-2 ESD
- EN 61000-4-3 Radiated, radio frequency,
electromagnetic field
- EN 61000-4-4 Electrical fast transient
- EN 61000-4-5 Surge
- EN 61000-4-6 Conducted disturbances induced by
radio-frequency fields
- EN 61000-4-8 Power frequency magnetic field
- EN 61000-4-11 Voltage dips and sags
Packet Brokers Telco NEBS/ETSI
Telcordia GR-63-CORE NEBS Requirements: Physical Protection
Telcordia GR-1089-CORE EMC and Electrical Safety
Telcordia SR-3580 Level 3
ETSI ETS 300-019 Physical Protection:
•Part 1-1, Class 1.1, Partly Temperature Controlled Storage Locations
•Part 1-2, Class 2.3, Public Transportation
•Part 1-3, Class 3.1, Temperature Controlled Locations (Operational)
Packet Brokers Power and Grounding
ETS 300 132-1 Equipment Requirements for AC Powered Equipment Derived from DC Sources
ETS 300 132-2 Equipment Requirements for DC Powered Equipment
ETS 300 253 Facility Requirements
Packet Brokers Design and Mounting
19-inch rack-mount supporting racks compliant with:
ETS 300 119
GR-63-CORE Seismic Zone 4
Packet Brokers Regulatory Compliance
EU 2002 95 EC RoHS (with lead exemption)
EU 2002 96 EC WEEE
Packet Brokers Network Equipment Building Standards
GR-1089-CORE NEBS EMC and Safety
GR-63 CORE: NEBS Physical Protection
SR-3580: NEBS Criteria Levels (Level 3)
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