Director xStream The Ultimate 10G Director
xStream Performance with Accelerated Architecture
Director xStream The Ultimate 10G Director
xStream Performance with Accelerated Architecture
The emergence of 10 Gigabit speeds in the networking market means a steady increase in complex, multi-protocol traffic. With voice, data, and video all sharing the same network links, network traffic for performance and security issues is more important than ever before. Organizations recognize the need to build monitoring access into the architecture of 10G networks from day one, and Net Optics Director xStream is the ideal foundation for a 10G Monitoring Access Platform (MAP).
Director xStream is an access switch that aggregates, regenerates, filters, and load balances monitoring traffic. With twenty-four 10G/1G network/monitor ports in 1U of rack space, Director xStream empowers the NOC to share a pool of monitoring tools across a large number of network links. If more network or monitor ports are required, any port can be used for either network or monitor. Additionally, using simplex cables you can effectively double your ports to support 48 connections: 24 network inputs and 24 tool outputs. Moreover, all of Director xStream's 24 ports support 1G SFP as well as 10G SFP+ transceivers. The use of external Taps allows Director xStream to process in-line link connections.
Load Balancing splits the traffic into multiple streams so two or more tools working in parallel can process the data. Director xStream supports static Load Balancing that takes the traffic from any network port or aggregated set of network ports and distributes it to two, three, four, or any number of available monitor ports. IP address, port, protocol, VLAN, and MAC address, or any other packet header field can be used to balance the load.
Your pool of monitoring tools can handle more traffic, more links, and more protocols by using the Director xStream TapFlow's filtering technology to send each tool only the traffic-of-interest for its particular purpose. TapFlow's hardware filtering engine processes traffic at full 10 Gbps line speeds while filtering the traffic by protocol, IP address, TCP/UDP port, VLAN, and more. Thousands of filters are supported, making it easy to meet any monitoring challenge.
Traffic aggregated from different links can look like a single, indistinguishable data stream to your monitoring tools. By tagging each packet with the port it arrived on, a tool simply looks at the tag and sorts it out into separate streams. xStream provides VLAN Doctoring allowing you to manage and manipulative your VLAN environment.
Director xStream provides one-to-one, many-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many mappings of network links and Span ports to monitor ports. Traffic from any set of network links and Span ports can be aggregated into a single stream and copied to any monitor port. In addition, the same aggregated traffic stream can be regenerated to multiple monitor ports at the same time, enabling different groups to monitor the same data without conflicts. Multiple distinct aggregation and regeneration operations can function simultaneously without impacting processing speed or data integrity, even for fully utilized 10-Gbps ports.
As the Network becomes critical for achieving business success, SLAs continue to demand near 100% uptime. xBalancer—like all three products in the xStream Family—delivers High Availability (HA) features to provide continuous monitoring visibility to your tools. State synchronization allows for two units to be deployed in a HA configuration to exchange globals, link fault date, device timeDate zone, filter rules, heartbeat and load balancing group settings. Customers can deploy fully redundant security and monitoring tools in both in-line and out-of-band configurations—even if those tools were not designed with high availability features of their own.
SFP+ ports enable Director xStream to support both 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps links and tools, with any type of copper or fiber media. Just plug in the appropriate SFP (1G) or SFP+ (10G) transceiver modules to match the interfaces of your links and tools. Director xStream automatically performs the data rate and media type conversions. Your CAPEX is lowered because you can apply tools to links with dissimilar media rather than purchasing new tools. For example, traffic from a 10-Gbps fiber link can be filtered or load balanced to multiple 1-Gbps copper-interface monitoring tools; and multiple 1-Gbps links can be aggregated to a 10-Gbps monitoring tool.
Boost Network Intelligence with dozens of statistics. Key statistics include packet size distribution, priority level distribution, unicast, broadcast, multicast, IPv4, and IPv6. Wonder how much IPv6 traffic you have on your network? Just check the IPv6 statistics counters. All statistics can be exported as CSV files from the WebUI or via SNMP.
The management software provides a WebUI and command-line interface (CLI) for setting Director xStream parameters and filters and checking status and traffic statistics with a few keystrokes. The CLI can be accessed locally through an RS232 serial port, or remotely with a secure SSH connection. It is fully backward compatible with the Director CLI. SNMPv3, v2, and v1 are also supported.
Director xStream has two independent power supplies that provide fault tolerance: If one power supply loses power, the unit continues operating on the remaining supply. The power supply modules are hot swappable, so your monitoring capability does not need to be interrupted if a power supply needs replacement. Both universal AC and -48VDC (Telco) models are available.
Director xStream is a secure and reliable appliance that delivers unsurpassed monitoring access flexibility. It handles network traffic entirely in hardware, so there is no software to be loaded, maintained or compromised. Configuration variables and filters can be changed only through the device's management port, so the system is immune to viruses, worms, and other attacks that pass through the Director xStream’s network ports.
Doing Our Part
Net Optics is dedicated to ensuring user safety, and developing products that are environmentally friendly. Director xStream adheres to UL and CE safety certifications; FCC, VCCI, and C-Tick EMC certifications; and RoHS and WEEE environmental certifications.
480 Gbps; no packets dropped as long as monitor traffic does not exceed monitor port bandwidth
Cut Through Architecture
650 nanoseconds, any port to any port, any amount of regeneration and filtering (excluding aggregation head-of-line blocking delays)
Aggregation, any number of ports in; regeneration, any number of ports out; any-to-any, any-to-many, many-to-any, and many-to-many; any port can be used as an input, an output, or both simultaneously—monitor ports can be used as additional network ports, and network ports can be used as additional monitor ports
Filter by IP source address , IP destination address, MAC source address, MAC destination address, source port, destination port, protocol, network port or port group, VLAN
Static load balancing
By IP addresses, MAC addresses, ports, VLANs, or other header field (implement with filters)
Current utilization, total packets, total bytes, CRC errors. More than 100 detailed traffic statistics and counters including RMON, All counters can be exported as CSV files
Web UI, Serial console, SSH, SNMPv3, SNMPv2, SNMPv1, Remote software upgrades, Back up and restore configuration, Role Based Access Control Management
Truncate size is configurable by the user
Server allows authentication of users from external AAA servers using either RADIUS or TACACS+ protocols
Operating Temperature: 0˚C to 40˚C
Storage Temperature: -10˚C to 70˚C
Relative Humidity: 10% min, 95% max, non-condensing
Dimensions: 1.75” high x 19.7” deep x 19.0” wide
Mounting: Surface or 19” rack mount (1U)
Weight: 13.5 lbs
Fiber Optic Interfaces: (24) SFP/SFP+
Management Port: (1) RJ45 10/100/1000 Copper
Configuration (CLI) Port: (1) Cisco DB9 to RJ45
DC Receptacle: Terminal peak, 12-14 gauge wire
Power: (2) AC universal or (2) -48VDC, redundant
Fans: (4) hot-swappable modules
AC Input: 100-240VAC, 5.29-2.2A, 50/60Hz
DC Input: -40VDC nominal -40 to -72VDC, 13.9A
(All ports) Link LEDs
(All ports) Activity LEDs
(2) Power LEDs
Safety: MET, CE
EMC: FCC, VCCI, C-Tick, KC, ME06, CCC, AR
Environmental: RoHS, WEEE
Protocol: Fully IEEE 802.3 compliant
All products include a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. Service plans offering additional years of coverage including an advanced replacement option are available.
- XF-2DIR, Director xStream Main Chassis with 24 SFP+ ports
- XF-2DIR-DC, Director xStream Main Chassis with 24 SFP+ ports, -48VDC
- XF-2PWRAC, 1 AC power supply module
- XF-2PWRDC, 1 DC power supply module
- XF-2FAN, 1 Replacement fan module
SFP+ or SFP modules are required for operation and are sold separately.
SFP kits – 1 Gbps
- SFPKT-SX, 1G Fiber SX SFP Transceiver
- SFPKT-50SX, 1G Fiber SX 50µm SFP Transceiver
- SFPKT-LX, 1G Fiber LX SFP Transceiver
- SFPKT-GCU, 1G Copper SFP Transceiver
- SFPKT-CU3*, 10/100/1000 Copper SFP Transceiver
SFP+ kits – 10 Gbps
- SFP+KT-SR, 10G Fiber SR SFP+ Transceiver
- SFP+KT-50SR, 10G Fiber SR 50µm SFP+ Transceiver
- SFP+KT-LR, 10G Fiber LR SFP+ Transceiver
All SFP+ and SFP kits include a 3-meter cable.
* The SFPKT-CU3 transceiver may be used in this device but requires that the remote device be set to “auto-negotiation off/disable” and speed set to 1Gig (1000 Mbps) with full duplex.
Both CLI and Web UI provide various commands for configuring and monitoring software, hardware, and network connectivity of target device. The CLI and Web UI supports two modes: operational mode, for monitoring the state of the device; and configure mode, for changing the state of the device.
The command-line interface (CLI) will be familiar to any network administrator. Running over a remote SSH connection or a local RS-232 serial link, the CLI provides visibility and control of every aspect of configuration and operation.