Packet flow eXtender (PFX) software 'sees' Smart Data in real-time

October 02, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Provide a much lower cost in terms of deployment and upkeep costings, up to 50 percent in some cases, the NETSCOUT nGenius® Packet Flow eXtender (PFX) software enables Smart Data to be seen in real-time across the network, ensuring easier monitoring of the network for cybersecurity and service assurance purposes.

Built on the NETSCOUT ISNG® platform, the PFX software complements the nGenius Packet Flow Systems product portfolio from Netscout Systems, Inc., and delivers real-time, smart data technology that powers the company’s service and security assurance systems. The disaggregation of software-driven packet broker functionality from the underlying hardware enables highly scalable, cost-effective pervasive network visibility.

“Another advantage of packet broker disaggregation is the ability to perform advanced packet processing functions on the same powerful Intel x86 servers that IT organizations and cloud providers are using in their hyper-scale data centers,” said Stephen Collins, principal analyst, ACG Research. “Software-driven packet brokers leveraging merchant silicon’s economies of scale are more cost effective than purpose-built platforms for scaling up to gain pervasive network-wide visibility. They are also simpler to procure and easier to deploy.”

The ISNG platform uses NETSCOUT’s patented, Adaptive Service Intelligence™ (ASI) technology to intelligently and efficiently analyze packet and flow data for a contextual view of service, network and application performance. Extending the ASI smart data technology to packet conditioning, PFX brings scalable and cost-effective infrastructure visibility to both enterprise and service provider organizations. This software-driven approach provides flexibility and choice, eliminating costly upgrades and individual feature licenses that also contribute to higher TCOs.