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Network Packet Brokers:

Defining the Future of Network Visibility Fabrics

Over the years, the digital world has evolved into an intricate ecosystem, one in which performance management and security are crucial.

Long gone are the days of SPAN-based traffic mirroring. Today, enterprises are utilizing the advanced features found in superior NPBs. When it comes to enhancing the management and security capabilities of a network, investing in additional solutions such as public cloud and virtual fabric technologies is not only the norm, it’s a necessity.

All of this means one thing - The need for packet data will only increase.

This research survey looks at the current usage and emerging best practices for network visibility fabrics and network packet brokers. 

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After reading this survey research, you'll know:
  • What network visibility fabrics are and their function

  • The benefits of network visibility fabrics for network management and security
  • The various challenges for successful implementation of network visibility fabrics and how to address them
  • How to adapt visibility fabrics to new technology trends


IT operations and security teams typically use multiple tools that analyze traffic from various segments of the network. Delivery of traffic to these tools can be a challenge as many analysis tools need to collect data from the same network segments, which in turn creates
contention over access to traffic.


For this survey research, 250 enterprise technology professionals were evaluated, the majority of them responsible for the entire visibility fabric lifecycle, from product evaluation to deployment to actual use of the solutions.


This survey research reveals what enterprises value most in network packet brokers, and identifies how enterprises are adapting their visibility fabrics to new technology trends, such as virtualization, public cloud, and hardware-software disaggregation.

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