NetScout(Simena) Packet Flow Switch


NetScout's Packet Flow Switch (PFS) is the industry’s lowest latency monitoring switch with full wire speed ports that can be used as a tool aggregator, traffic consolidator, or traffic divider. PFS allowing users to collect packets from many sources and send them to various devices.


Through its web based user interface, it is possible to create clusters (stacks) and manage all units within the same window. NetScout's wire speed packet filtering allows users to pick and choose specific packets to be forwarded. In addition, the packet slicing feature allows users to forward only the configurable portion of packets eliminating the overloading of monitoring systems with unnecessary data. Port tagging is another innovative NetScout PFS features that marks the packets with the port IDs where they are received.

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Key Benefit
Load balance heavy traffic to multiple monitoring tools
Multicast critical traffic to multiple security devices
Aggregate several streams of traffic to a single network tool
Save valuable SPAN ports & TAPs
Bridge traffic between expensive 10G and multiple 1G ports
Collect packets independent of speed or media type
Create innovative traffic scenarios with any-to-any connections
Reduce chatty SPAN port traffic by packet filtering & packet slicing
Media & speed conversion among 10/100/1,000/10,000 Ethernet ports
Increase productivity in troubleshooting


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Clustering, filtering, packet slicing, and port tagging

  • The intuitive web based user interface makes it easy to create clusters (stacks) and manage multiple units within the same window.
  • Packet filtering allows users to pick and choose specific packets to be forwarded, and packet slicing allows users to forward only the configurable portion of packets to maximize the performance of attached monitoring systems.
  • Port tagging is another invention (or feature) the NetScout PFS features to mark packets with the ID of the receiving or inbound port.

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Operating via web browser or command

  • The PFS can be remotely managed via web browser (both HTTP and HTTPS are supported), SSH application, or directly via the console through the serial connection (RS232). The PFS can also be managed via the Command Line Interface (CLI) for automating PFS operations with Perl, and shell scripts?
  • The PFS has an easy to use web based Graphical User Interface (GUI) with the main menu displayed in tabbed format (shown below: Figure1). The type of the port, its status, and the configuration it is running can be shown by simply moving the mouse over the icons.


(Figure 1: Web-based Graphical User Interface)

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