Network Packet Brokers

Packet Brokers from Larch Networks is the next-generation network visibility solution. They deliver robustness and flexibility that meets the ever-evolving needs of the data center. X25N and X400 devices bridge the gap between todays ultra-high-speed networks and existing management, monitoring and security tools. In addition to server-ready high-speed connectivity for the security and monitoring tools, these Packet Brokers also feature rich traffic manager that can process and prepare the network traffic for the analysis.

Key Features

  • Zero packet loss with total traffic capture.
  • Load-Balance traffic to multiple monitoring and analysis tools
  • Aggregate traffic from multiple Network TAPs or SPAN ports
  • Application layer visibility allows for efficient packet processing on individual L7 protocols
  • Filter traffic, ensuring that security and monitoring tools see all the data they need
  • Smart rule optimization engine calculates all filter rule interaction automatically
Full Network Packet Brokers Features List

Smart, drag-and-Drop, Intuitive GUI
Zero-Packet Loss Architecture
Overlapping Filter Rules Automatically Handled
by Visibility Engine

Multiple network links tool sharing (VLAN port tag)
Multiple network links tool sharing (MAC address)
Multi-path (multiple criteria for different data paths)

RESTful API* (Optional)
Role Based User Accounts
TACACS+, RADIUS Authentication
SNMP Traps
Strong Password
Event monitoring and Alarm Generation with SNMP Traps
Link Status Trap
Packet Counters and Statistics
WebUI for System Management

Packet Trimming* – Send only what security and monitoring tools need by cutting out the unnecessary information and reducing packet size
GRE Tunneling* – Encapsulate and de-encapsulate data. Origination and termination features.
Source Port Labeling with push P-Tag operation.

Optional Capabilities are hardware supported functionality that may require additional software licensing and may be provided with future software versions.

Three Stages of Filtering – Filter rules may be applied to ingress, dynamic, and/or egress traffic
Counter Comparison – Ingress, Dynamic, Egress
Max # of General & Custom Rules- 3K*
Max # of Source IP Rules (unicast)- 3K*
Max # of Destination IP Rules (unicast)- 3K*
Max # of Multicast IP Rules (No wildcard / masking capability)- 3K*
Priority Based Filtering (PBF) provides ACL-like logic when filtering traffic.
VLAN Tagging – Track packets easily by adding VLAN IDs to packets based on the source (ingress) port and remove them as they leave a packet broker via exit (egress) ports.
VLAN Tagging per Port
Aggregation – Consolidate incoming traffic to optimize port usage and simplify filtering:
– 1 : 1
– 1 : Many
– Many : 1
Many : Many*
Replication – Replicate traffic to multiple dynamic filters (ingress) or to multiple tools (egress)
Load Balancing – Distributes traffic across tool ports
Load balancing Standard (2 Tuple & 4 Tuple)*
Maximum Ports per Load Balancing Group- 128
Command Line Interface Management

Total amount of suported rules can be increased up to 3k – this will influence load balancing features (as rules share same memory with load balancing) and will result in possible packet loss when configuration changes. Exact rule consumption is hidden from user and only percentage is shown as any Intersections between filters & maps produce additional rules.

In order to create Many to Many Aggregation user shall create Many-to-One group and attach it to Load Balancing group and one-to-many group to egress ports.

Current firmware supports 2-tuple/4-tuple load balancing. TCP/UDP protocolrs will be added to the further firmware versions

Great Vision for Data Center Networks Robust and Scalable 

Packaged in a compact single RU chassis both the Orama X25N and Orama X400 offer immediate value for today and an efficient path to the inevitable changes of tomorrow. The fastest processing, highest density, most flexible combination of port speeds and simple management make Orama X25N and Orama X400 best choice for complete network visibility. Your speed, your scale, your network.