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Vision E40

Cost-effective rack-level visibility for ANY size data center


Key features

The evolving data center

Data center design is evolving with the advent of software defined networking (SDN) which allows for completely software defined data centers (SDDC). We are seeing the rise of hyperscale, microscale and other high-density variations of data-centers emerging all at the same time. These technologies are barely defined, yet their growth over the next few years is predicted to be many multiples!
Though each serves a different purpose, a core component of these modern data centers is a building block, sometimes as small as a single rack, that includes the compute, storage and networking required to operate on its own – a containerized, independent unit. These individual blocks are great because one can be used on its own as the smallest microscale data center or thousands can be used together to create a hyperscale data center – and everything in between. Software plus hardware tailored for redundancy makes this both possible and cost-effective
But, as data centers grow, the ability to see what is happening in the network diminishes. You need a cost-effective solution that operates like the building blocks, both capable of providing top-of-the rack visibility for a single unit and capable of scaling to thousands of racks with software defined visibility. Ixia’s Vision Edge 40 (E40) and Vision Edge 100 (E100) are best-in-class, fully-featured network packet brokers that are ideal for the ANY size modern data center

Versatile. Vision Edge.

Ixia’s Vision E40 and Vision E100, part of the Vision portfolio of network packet brokers, have the right features to handle the visibility requirements of a single rack, as well as that of a massive data center.

Vision E40 and E100

Vision E40 and Vision E100​

Rack level visibility for any sized data center

Use in any data center

The Vision Edge network packet brokers can ensure the right data gets to the right tools in multiple data center configurations:

Vision E40 Capabilities


Vision E100 is a fully-featured network packet broker which makes it great for multiple uses, including top-of-the-rack aggregation

Physical Specifications

Ixia-Data E100

In a security architecture

Vision E40 is versatile because it can be used as a standalone unit or as a software defined visibility solution in a software defined network (SDN) within a security architecture. With Ixia Fabric Controller (IFC), multiple Vision E40 and/or other Vision network packet brokers can be managed through a single pane of glass in the topology you need to optimize your tool deployment. With IFC, you get unified management of distributed architectures, role-based access and controls, and oversight of all ports from all Vision network packet brokers at once, allowing you to configure an efficient, scalable visibility solution.
As part of your overall security architecture, Vision E40 also provides the ability to leverage Ixia’s turnkey Vision ONE and massively scalable Vision 7300, when your deployment is ready. With these network packet brokers and the visibility intelligence capabilities of PacketStack, SecureStack and AppStack, you can manipulate and mold traffic so your tools always get the right data. With Vision ONE, you can also monitor virtual traffic with Ixia’s CloudLens platform for public, private and hybrid cloud visibility.

Inline and out-of-band

Deploy both inline, out-of-band, or both simultaneously based on your security and monitoring needs.


Robust inline tool deployment enables users to deploy intrusion prevention systems (IPS), data loss prevention (DLP), and similar tools while assuring high service availability, even when parts of the system fail or become overloaded. Data from the network passes through a Vision E40 network packet broker via a bypass switch for resilience. Vision E40 sends the data to the IPS, DLP and other tools, which process the data and send back safe information via the Vision E40 and bypass switch back into the network.


Process and monitor packet data with a variety of tools without affecting the network with an Out-of-Band (OOB) deployment. Data is passively copied from the network with Ixia Taps and sent to Vision E40 and other network packet brokers for filtering and processing. Relevant data is then sent to tools, at appropriate speeds, so the tools can operate efficiently. With only the right data being sent, false-positives are minimized and your team has improved relevance of alerts, for a quicker response to incidents.

Double your ports

Save rack space and leverage your investments by using Ixia’s Double your Ports (DyP or simplex) capability. The Double your Ports feature enables ports for packet processing to be logically divided into two interfaces: one that connects to the network and the other that connects tools for security or monitoring.


The Vision E40 has a space-efficient 1RU design. To get the most out of the rack space used and to optimize data speeds for tools, Ixia offers a Fan-Out capability on Vision E40. With fan-out, a 40G port can be used with a break-out to operate as 4, 10G ports which is ideal for tools that may have only a 10G capacity. Combined with the load-balancing capability, you can ensure your tools are not overloaded and are operating at the optimal capacity.


To further optimize space and performance, Vision E40 also has a fan-in capability. A higher throughput 40G could be brought in through 4 ports of 10G each, that effectively operate as one. The 4 ports fan-in the data and operate together to provide the throughput needed. Combined with fan-out, multi-speed and load-balancing you can achieve what you need, custom to your network configuration.

Visibility intelligence

Stack up Ixia’s leading visibility intelligence features to optimize your traffic analysis and security tool performance. Used with a network packet broker, virtual or cloud platform, the extensive set of intelligent features allows you to modify, mold, and transport traffic specific to tool needs. Each feature is executed with a purpose-built design to ensure you get the best performance whether in a physical data center or the cloud. To learn more, click on each stack.


Robust filtering, aggregation, replication, and more

Three stages of filtering (ingress, dynamic, and egress)
Dynamic filter compiler
Priority based filtering
Source port labeling (VLAN tagging & untagging)
Aggregation & replication Load balancing Double your Ports- DyP (Simplex)


Intelligent packet filtering, manipulation, and transport
Header (protocol) stripping
Packet trimming
Data masking
GRE tunneling
SecureStack capabilities are not available for this network packet broker or
this platform at this time — visit the page to learn more.


Optimized handling for secure traffic
Active SSL
Passive SSL decryption
Threat insights
Data masking +

Related resources

AppStack capabilities are not available for this network packet broker or
this platform at this time — visit the page to learn more.


Context-aware, signature-based application layer filtering
Application identification
Geolocation & tagging
Optional RegEx filtering
IxFlow (NetFlow + metadata)
Packet capture
ATI subscription
Real-time dashboard


Visibility intelligence tailored for the mobile carrier evolved packet core
GTP load balancing
TradeStack capabilities are not available for this network packet broker or
this platform at this time — visit the page to learn more.


Marked data feed monitoring
Gap detection
Feed and channel health
High-resolution traffic statistics
Microburst detection
Subscription for feed updates
Simplified feed management