nGenius 5000 Series Packet Flow Switches

Software-driven and Cost-effective Performance

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Software-driven and Cost-effective Performance

The nGenius Packet Flow Switch (PFS) 5000 series models operate at speeds 1Gbps to 100Gbps, providing core packet broker functionality, such as filtering, load balancing, aggregation, and replication, wherever packet broker ports are needed. Specifically, the nGenius PFS 5000 series operates stand alone, like any other PFS switch in the portfolio, in remote sites where the small 1 Rackmount Unit (RU) form factor is ideal. Enabled with self-organizing mesh technology, the nGenius PFS 5000 series easily scales for large-scale network monitoring needs.

nGenius 5000 Series Packet Flow Switch

Scalability on Demand

The nGenius PFS 5000 series can be used in stand-alone deployments, or in combination with other Packet Flow System products, such as nGenius PFS 6000 blade-and-chassis model, which provides the industry’s highest non-blocking throughput at 6Tbps. The NETSCOUT patented self-organizing mesh technology, pfsMesh™, enables dynamic scaling and self-healing connections between the packet flow systems – in the datacenter or across large distances.

Unified Security and Service Assurance Visibility

nGenius 5000 packet flow switches with inline tool chaining allow aggregation, filtering, and load-balancing of network traffic toward multiple inline security applications while maintaining only a single intrusion into each network link. They provide application-specific health checks (not just heartbeats) to ensure the active security tools are connected and functioning properly. External bypass TAPs can be used to ensure that the security policies are adhered to during power failure.

Critical Acclaim for NETSCOUT Packet Broker Innovation

NETSCOUT Wins Critical Acclaim for Latest Breakthrough in Packet Broker Technology

Replacing hardware-driven with software-driven solutions will enable the disaggregation of software from hardware so enterprises and SPs can sustainably scale their infrastructure to flexibly accommodate new applications and services. Ultimately, the packet broker market is in dire need of next-generation solutions to help customers boost their networks’ operational efficiency without having to make huge investments time and again.  

— Jessy Cavazos, Frost & Sullivan

High-port Count for Dense 10/40/100GbE Deployments

Packing a lot of interfaces into a compact form factor, the nGenius PFS 5000 series supports core network packet broker features, which includes filtering, load balancing, replication, and aggregation. Connect HD Fiber TAPs and any number of tools, including the NETSCOUT InfiniStream® platform, to the nGenius PFS 5000, and easily manage a diverse and complex monitoring network.

Flow-aware load balancing enables intelligent control of traffic distribution to the monitoring tools, increasing output capacity while maintaining session integrity. For example, a 100GbE tap from the network can be captured and automatically balanced across multiple 10GbE or 40GbE monitoring tool ports based on user-defined session criteria. Flow-aware load balancing can operate in tandem with hardware-based filtering or independently.

nGenius PFS 5000 series helps you:
  • Simplify and grow your visibility architecture on demand
  • Easily scale deployments with self-healing, intelligent self-organizing mesh technology
  • Aggregate to nGenius PFS 6000 or nGenius PFS 3900 series packet flow switches for advanced conditioning

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NETSCOUT provides time proven solutions that unlock the power of traffic-based data to efficiently deliver specific network traffic access to the appropriate monitoring systems in the world’s largest and most demanding networks. Let us show you how nGenius PFS 5000 series packet flow switch enables you to deliver complete IT visibility in a cost-effective manner.


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