Network Packet Broker


The CGS-NPB series introduces the next generation appliances providing network visibility that enables Cyber Security, Big Data analytics and monitoring tools deployed in high-end data centers and branch offices. The CGS-NPB appliances address the market requirement to reduce the cost, complexity and footprint of high-end network visibility solutions. The CGS-NPB series leverages a powerful state of the art platform combined with CGS innovative software, resulting in the most reliable, scalable, modular Packet Broker that support 1G, 10G, 25G, 40G and 100G ports and multiple interfaces (Optical, Copper, DAC) in a compact 1RU form factor.

The CGS-NPB series includes aggregation, replication, filtering, stacking and load balancing that enable and optimize the benefits of the tools. Additional advanced features with deep packet inspection capabilities that optimize network traffic management are available in a powerful data center ready 1RU server.

Advanced features

In today’s modern network architectures, cyber and monitoring tools are required to handle traffic coming from multiple visibility devices including TAPs, SPAN ports and aggregated traffic. The volume and diversity in the types of traffic can be overwhelming to these tools. Duplicated packets may cause applications to be stretched to the limits of their processing power whereas packets with multiple headers (e.g. MPLS, VLAN tags, ERSPAN etc.) are often unrecognized by these tools and are typically dropped.

Advanced network processing features such as Deduplication are CPU intensive and should not be performed on the aggregation device that is CPU bound by design. The CGS Server introduces the industry’s next generation NPB (Network Packet Broker) by leveraging advanced, high performance, modular and scalable ODM hardware that can be configured to the desired network capacity. This unique approach eliminates hardware performance constraints and allows alignment between hardware and performance requirements.

The CGS Server is the only NPB in the market that offers 100G network interfaces in a compact 1U form factor. The appliance is based on a powerful ultra-dense, reliable and versatile 1U rack server that can scale up with additional compute power and memory to meet the NPB

NPB I

The NPB-I meets the requirements of entry-level to mid-level networks that include 1G, 10G and 40G links in a powerful small form factor chassis. It performs aggregation, replication, filtering, stacking and load balancing that enable and optimize the benefits of cyber security and monitoring tools, and is an ideal solution for deployments that require a mix of 1G/10G copper and fiber links and a handful of 40G links. It includes 48 x SPF+ ports that support 1G/10G and 6 x 40G QSFP ports that can each break out to 4 x 1G/10G ports, resulting in a total of 72 x 1G/10G ports.The appliance is based on superior hardware, performance, scalability and reliability, without hidden costs such as port licenses nor proprietary transceivers, resulting in the best packet broker in the market at an affordable price and compelling TCO.

NPB II

The NPB-II meets the requirements of mid-level to high-level networks that include 10G, 25G, 40G and 100G links in a powerful small form factor chassis. It performs aggregation, replication, filtering, stacking and load balancing that enable and optimize the benefits of cyber security and monitoring tools and is an ideal solution for deployments that require a large number of links with affordable upgrade options starting from 10G all the way up to 100G within the same appliance. It supports 32 x 40G/100G ports that can each break out to 4 x 10G/25G ports, resulting in a total of 128 x 10G/25G ports. The appliance is based on superior hardware, performance, scalability and reliability, without hidden costs such as port licenses nor proprietary transceivers, resulting in the best packet broker in the market at an affordable price and compelling TCO.

Mini NPB

The Mini NPB is the most compact and full feature packet broker in the market, ideal for a small number of 1G copper links. It can meet the basic aggregation and filtering requirements as well as advanced features such as Load Balancing Header Stripping, Deduplication, Data Masking, Packet Slicing, Time-Stamping, Data Capture and De-Fragmentation.