NetScout Releases PFOS 5.0
February 06, 2018
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NETSCOUT SYSTEMS announced new security capabilities on the nGenius 5000 series packet flow switch, its open compute-based packet broker platform.

IT and security teams often use disparate products to achieve security and service assurance visibility, which results in high capital expenditures and silos of visibility. The newly-available inline security functionality from NETSCOUT addresses these challenges by providing network professionals with a common, unified packet acquisition plane that is both software-driven and cost-effective.

“The packet broker market is in dire need of next-generation solutions to help customers boost overall efficiency across IT and security,” said Jessy F. Cavazos, industry director, Frost & Sullivan. “Since the tsecurity architectures need to be pervasive and unified without breaking the bank. NETSCOUT’s software-driven approach, combining both active and passive monitoring, can serve as a strong foundation to support next-generation architectures.”

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to connect more and more devices and systems to networks, the need for pervasive security visibility is more critical, requiring scalability and potentially increasing cost. To address these challenges, the nGenius 5000 packet flow switches provide the smart and cost-effective data acquisition layer needed for today’s distributed networks. Built on open compute-based hardware with software-based packet broker functionality, the nGenius 5000 packet flow switches enable economies of scale, while keeping costs down. Adding active security capabilities enables organizations to address their security risks in both passive and active modes with a unified architecture. With support for 100Gbps inline security, nGenius enables even the most data-intensive inline security applications.

The NETSCOUT packet broker software, Packet Flow Operating System (PFOS), supports both service assurance and security capabilities, unifying data sources across a common infrastructure and delivering smart wire data to IT teams. The nGenius switches are an integral part of the NETSCOUT service and security assurance platform, which offers unique advantages, such as the ability to monitor the health of a visibility fabric from the nGeniusONE console. This further streamlines IT operations by providing an integrated view of the entire monitoring infrastructure, so the data needed for full visibility can be available to network and security teams.

“We have seen significant traction with enterprise and service provider customers who have adopted the disaggregated architecture,” said Sanjay Munshi, VP, Product Management, Packet Flow Systems, NETSCOUT. “Compared to the traditional architecture, we are now shipping four times the number of ports with the software-driven approach and the dollar value of orders for our PFS 5000 now exceeds our conventional hardware-based PFS models.”

The new capabilities are available now in PFOS 5.0.

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