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Extreme Physical Packet Brokers
Scale with high-capacity network monitoring


Extreme Networks Physical Packet Broker


Optimize and Monetize Virtualized Networks.


Real-time traffic visibility

Maximum tool productivity

Scale with minimum space


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Overview:


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
Extreme MLXe 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.

Features:


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

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 deduplication (based on inner IP payload)
  • Automated mobile network topology learning

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

Specifications:


Extreme MLXe Packet Brokers at a Glance

Capacity and Performance

MLXe-4

MLXe-8

MLXe-16

MLXe-32

Interface module slots

4

8

16

32

Switch fabric capacity

1.92 Tbps

3.84 Tbps

7.68 Tbps

15.36 Tbps

Packet forwarding performance

1.6 billion pps

2.38 billion pps

4.75 billion pps

9.5 billion pps

Ports

 

 

 

 

Maximum 1 GbE ports

80

160

320

640

Maximum 10 GbE ports

80

160

320

640

Maximum 40 GbE ports

16

32

64

128

Maximum 100 GbE ports

8

16

32

64

Redundancy

 

 

 

 

Management module redundancy

1:1

1:1

1:1

1:1

Switch fabric redundancy

N+1

N+1

N+1

N+1

Power supply redundancy

1+1

1+1

1+1

1+1

Power and Cooling

 

 

 

 

Maximum DC power consumption (W)

2,083

4,060

7,107

14,232

Maximum AC power consumption (W) (100 to 240 VAC)

2,083

4,060

7,107

14,232

Maximum thermaloutput (BTU/HR)

7,108

13,858

24,255

48,575

Airflow

Side to back

Side to back

Front to back

Front to back

Dimensions

 

 

 

 

Height (inches/centimeters/rack units)

8.71 in./22.12 cm/5U

12.21 in./31.01 cm/7U

24.50 in./62.16 cm/14U

57.75 in./146.69 cm/33U

Width (inches/centimeters)

17.20 in./43.69 cm

17.20 in./43.69 cm

17.20 in./43.69 cm

17.45 in./44.32 cm

Depth (inches/centimeters)

23.0 in./58.42 cm

24.0 in./60.96 cm 2

4.18 in./61.42 cm

26.88 in./68.28 cm

Weight (pounds/kilograms)

117 lb/53 kg

171 lb/78 kg

351 lb/159 kg

505 lb/229 kg

Documentation:

Download the Extreme Physical Packet Brokers Datasheet (.PDF)


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