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CyberMapper Aggregator

SDN-based Packet Broker Functionality

THE AGILITY OF SOFTWARE AT SILICON SPEED

  • Traffic Aggregators and Network Packet Brokers are key components of monitoring and visibility toolsets. CyberMapper Aggregator is a next generation solution for users looking to upgrade their traffic aggregator function to handle multiple terabits of throughput. CyberMapper Aggregator is a cost-effective traffic aggregator with up to 6.4Tbps of throughput supporting interface speeds of 10G to 100G for maximum compatibility with existing network infrastructure, providing customers a flexible SDN-based Packet Broker solution to get the right traffic from the network to the right network analysis tools at line rate.

CyberMapper Aggregator with FlowAgent Pipeline

CyberMapper Aggregator introduces a next generation SDN technology – the FlowAgent™ pipeline – that makes analytics engineers more productive by making the mapping of feeds to tools more intuitive and more powerful. This is done by breaking packet broker functionality across four stages in a pipeline, with each stage allowing a new set of filtering or aggregation capabilities. At each stage an agent can register to feeds from prior stage agent(s) to output individually crafted streams to tools. The configuration tools and APIs were designed around the user, not the underlying chip architecture, and using human readable objects, including the inner header of encapsulated packets. This removes to need to manually calculate bit-offsets frequently required in many competitive brokers.

At the heart of the traffic aggregator is the FlowAgent pipeline which features fine grain control of setting up the streams of interest. With four separate stages, FlowAgent lets you create streams of interest that can be virtually wired into multiple stream aggregates.

At the end of the FlowAgent pipeline is the “toolsets” agent which allows you to output to a single port, mirror to multiple ports or load balance across multiple visibility/security tools. Since not every tool can handle the same volume of traffic, weighted load balancing lets you specify the volume of traffic to be load balanced across each device.

The power of programmable silicon in a white-box switch

CyberMapper Aggregator is built on Tofino, the latest switching silicon from Intel. Tofino offers up to 6.4Tbps of core throughput and interfaces from 256 ports of 10G up to 64 ports of 100G. The hardware can be sourced directly with Edgecore or bundled with NoviFlow’s software. Flexible licensing options are available for CyberMapper Aggregator including perpetual licenses and annual subscriptions.

  • Multi-terabit throughput, flexible port configurations in a small footprint
    • Up to 6.4Tbps non-blocking core switching
    • Supports a wide range of interface speeds, including 10G, 25G, 40G, 50G, 100G with QSFP and QSFP28 modules
    • 1U 32x100G (WB-5132) and 2U 64x100G (WB-5164) options
  • New FlowAgent™ pipeline with multiple agents to map TAPs to Tools
    • 4 stage pipeline for flexible aggregations and filtering of the streams
      • Each stage allows a finer grain flow aggregation
      • Each stage can register to a stream output of a prior stage to create new aggregate interests
      • Filters by packet fields or packet shape (for example 2 MPLS tags)
      • Weighted Load balancing and mirroring of output traffic to tools with a tool set.
  • Easy to Use
    • Configure aggregation streams using object-oriented Agents
    • Do not need to use complex bit-offsets to program “interests”
    • Supports both remote API calls and local CLI for pipeline configuration
  • Competitive Price point
    • Based on white-box OCP compliant hardware you can source through NoviFlow or your own supply channels
    • Perpetual and annual software licensing is available for the CyberMapper Aggregator software
  • We can do what your current vendor won’t
    • Software Programmable Parser
    • Rapid response to customer requirements
  • Replace multiple existing traffic aggregators with a single CyberMapper Aggregator, reducing cost, while also reducing the complexity of the TAP network
    • Supports up to 256 10G links
    • Support a wide range of media speeds from 10G to 100G for ultimate compatibility with existing TAP and SPAN ports
    • Compact footprint, utilizes less rack space and power consumption
  • Program the traffic aggregator in a human readable object-oriented environment, removing the need to calculate byte offsets to match a flow
    • Reduces the learning curve and time to deployment
    • Eliminates the cost of maintaining custom configurations and the expertise to create/edit them
  • Advanced parsing engine allows for outer and inner headers of encapsulated packets to be parsed
    • Multiple stages improves flexibility and enables reuse of the rules crafted earlier in the FlowAgent pipeline
  • Lowers barriers to deployment
    • Reduces the need for special skillsets to program traffic aggregation
    • Program once when deployed or create dynamic orchestration of traffic flows to tools by using the north-bound API interface
  • Leverage products from a leader in commercial-off-the shelf white box hardware, Edgecore
    • Flexible software licensing allows you to select the best way to deploy, with a perpetual license or annual licensing
  • If you have a special requirement, contact NoviFlow, we can rapidly add support for new protocols and features
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