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Use Case - Network Packet Brokers

Enhancing Network Visibility and Security

A Network Packet Broker (NPB) is a device that aggregates, processes, and distributes network traffic to monitoring, security, and analytics tools. Using the Programming Protocol-independent Packet Processors (P4) language to implement an NPB provides a high degree of flexibility and control over packet processing.

P4 is a high-level language designed to define the behavior of the packet forwarding planes in network devices. It allows network operators to specify how packets are processed, making it ideal for configuring and customizing NPBs.

How a Network Packet Broker works using P4

The APS Networks Ethernet Switches, in conjunction with P4 to program a NPB, provide unprecedented flexibility in packet processing. It allows for detailed parsing, precise classification, intelligent filtering, and efficient distribution of network traffic, optimizing the performance and functionality of network monitoring and security infrastructures.