Next-Generation Network Packet Brokers: Defining the Future of Network Visibility Fabrics


Leading IT analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has published new research that explores the evolution of network packet brokers (NPBs). Based on a survey of 250 network management and security decision-makers with direct involvement in their organization’s network visibility fabrics, this research examines evolving requirements, use cases, and best practices for building and using network visibility fabrics with NPBs.

Join Shamus McGillicuddy, senior analyst at EMA for a webinar presentation that explores the results of this research, including:

  • NPB deployment strategies: Where are enterprises installing these devices in their network, and what kinds of bandwidth requirements do they have
  • Tools in Use: What kinds of IT operations and security tools are connected to visibility fabrics and NPBs?
  • Organizational strategies: Who is involved in implementing and using network visibility fabrics? How do the network teams and security teams balance their competing requirements for access to traffic data?
  • NPB requirements: What NPB features are most essential to enterprises today
  • Challenges and benefits: What are the most difficult elements of building and operating a visibility fabric? How does an IT organization benefit from such technology?
  • Next-generation visibility: Are enterprises adopting disaggregated, white-box NPBs? How do enterprises gain visibility into virtualized environments and public clouds?


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Shamus McGillicuddy

Shamus McGillicuddy
Senior Analyst, EMA