Network Packet Broker (NPB)

A network packet broker or NPB is an appliance or chassis that aggregates tapped network traffic and filters the data before it is sent to various network monitoring and security related tools. The NPB adds intelligent grooming and security enhancements such as deduplication, SSL decryption, data masking, and application and threat intelligence. Major NPB vendors are companies such as Gigamon and Ixia (now part of Keysight).

NPBs serve a vital function within an enterprise, telco or government network but there isn’t one size NPB that fits all needs. Also, high-end NPBs from market leaders such as Gigamon are very costly. As a result, customers must decide on exactly which features, and functions are crucial for their operations. For example, a hospital or financial company may be particularly sensitive to data privacy concerns due to regulations and therefore masking personally identifiable information (PII) is a fundamental requirement. Whereas another entity may be focused solely on security concerns.

NPB customers should evaluate the entire market and in many cases less feature rich NPBs from companies such as Garland Technology are perfectly adequate and very cost effective. Accolade Technology SmartNICs also provide common functions that are found in NPBs such as deduplication. In future posts we will discuss the various features available to replace or augment NPBs.

Host CPU Offload Product Features Summary
wdt_ID Speed 1G 10G 10G 10G 10G/40G 10G/40G 100G 100G 100G 100G
1 Model ANIC-4Ku ANIC-20Ku ANIC-40Ku ANIC-40Kq ANIC-80Ku ATLAS-1000
Platform
ANIC-100Kq ANIC-200Ku ANIC-200K
Flex
ANIC-200Kq
2 Port/Type 4 X 1G SFP 2 X 10GSFP+ 4 X 10GSFP+ 1 X 40G4
X 10GQSFP+
2 X
40G8 X
10GQSFP+
SFP+
2 X
40GQSFP4
X10GSFP+
1 X
100GQSFP28
2 X
100GCFP4
2 X
40G2 X
100GQSFP28
2 X
100GQSFP28
3 PCIe Interface Gen3 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x8 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16
4 Dimensions
(H x L inches)
4.25 x 6.5   4.25 x 6.25 4.25 x 6.25 4.25 x 6.25 4.25 x 6.25 1.75 x12.28x14 4.25 x 10.5 4.25 x 10.5 4.25 x 6.5 4.25 x 10.5
5 Memory 32MB 4G 4G 4G 4G 16/32G 12G 12G 8G 12G
6 Timestamp 5.7 nS 5.7 nS 5.7 nS 5.7 nS 5.7 nS 5.7 nS 4 nS 4 nS 4 nS 4 nS
7 100% Packet
Capture
8 Gigamon, Arista
Timestamp
9 Packet Merging
10 Packet Parsing

About Accolade

Accolade is the technology leader in FPGA-based Host CPU Offload and 100% Packet Capture PCIe NIC’s and Scalable 1U Platforms. Accolade’s line of 1-100GE products enable 100% packet capture, flow classification, flow shunting, deduplication, packet filtering and more. Our customers are global leaders in network monitoring & cybersecurity applications as well as in the network test and measurement, telecom and video stream monitoring markets.

FPGA Acceleration Features

100% Packet Capture | Flow Classification | Flow Shunting | Precise Time Stamping | Packet Merging | Packet Slicing | Packet Parsing | Packet Filtering | Deduplication | Host Packet Buffer | Packet Steering | Direct Memory Access (DMA) | Statistics (RMON1)

Free Product Evaluation

Resolve all your host CPU offload bottlenecks. Share Your Technical Requirements with our FPGA and software experts to tailor the optimal solution. Accolade offers a 60 day free product evaluation for qualified customers to fully test and evaluate our products.