NetScout Introduces nGenius 1500 Series Packet Flow Switch
March 07, 2012
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NetScout Systems announced the availability of the 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, the new nGenius 1500 series packet flow switch further extends NetScout’s pervasive visibility capabilities and strengthens its Unified Service Delivery Management strategy by aggregating network traffic and distributing the right packet-flow data to the right monitoring tools at the right time.

Further, NetScout’s entrance into the network monitoring switch market significantly changes the market landscape and empowers IT organizations to simplify and consolidate their network monitoring architecture with a single-vendor solution, thus reducing vendor complexity and leading to a lower total cost of ownership.

Built from the same deployment-proven, 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 the industry’s lowest 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 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 the 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.

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