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Vision X Network Packet Broker

Scalable visibility for data centers today and tomorrow

Vision X Key features

Vision X Spotlight Video – Chassis Overview

Edge computing is driving change in the network

Devices and applications at the edge are flooding our networks with data — yet users are still unsatisfied.

They want more bandwidth and quicker connections.

The surge of data creates new demands that must be met with upgrades, updates, and changes to your network. Ixia’s Vision X network packet broker is designed for growth and flexibility to meet your network requirements now and in the future. Maintain visibility and security at scale with Vision X.

Focus on what matters


What is a network packet broker?

A network packet broker (NPB) is a device that aggregates data flows from across the network, manipulates the data as configured by the user, and delivers it to security and monitoring tools. It acts as an abstraction layer, extracting data from the network, and as a “broker”, or “dealer”, distributing the relevant data to the relevant tools. NPBs give visibility and security coverage to businesses assets. With NPBs, your IT team gains an improved understanding of the network and data center to:

NPBs give visibility and security coverage to businesses assets. With NPBs, your IT team gains an improved understanding of the network and data center to:

Built for your next– generation network

Maintain visibility as your data center evolves with the Vision X network packet broker. Next-generation technology upgrades are simple without replacing your existing security and monitoring tools.
Vision X enables you to see the data on your network. This gives you the information you need to make better business decisions and keep your network running smoothly today, tomorrow, and in the future.

More Than 2x the Performance of the Competition


Vision X is Ixia’s high-performance, high-density network visibility solution. In only three rack units, you can get up to 60 multispeed ports ranging from 10 to 100G. Each chassis processes up to 2 Tbps of data through dedicated FPGA hardware — so you can guarantee no packets are dropped, ever. With customizable, swappable module bays, Vision X scales with your needs without expanding its footprint.

Mobile core visibility with Vision X

Mobile network operators get customized visibility flows with highly-accurate subscriber detection and load balancing at scale. Find out more on the MobileStack page.

Improve the ROI of your network infrastructure

Read the eBook to learn how NPBs drive ROI.

It is vital to include an NPB like Vision X in your visibility architecture. One major benefit an NPB brings is an increase in return on investment (ROI) of your network infrastructure.

2019 Tokyo Interop best of show special prize winner

Vision X won the Special Prize at Interop Tokyo’s Best of Show Awards.

Vision X is IFC compatible

The Vision X network packet broker is compatible with Ixia’s Fabric Controller (IFC) technology — an SDx (software-defined everything) controller for device management. IFC is a highly available, resilient, and easy-to-use, intelligent monitoring platform that works across physical and virtual network environments to give you visibility through a single pane of glass.

Inline and out-of-band capabilities

Inline security

Inspect live traffic for malware and attacks without risk to network availability. Ixia’s solution for inline security ensures continuous security monitoring with fast failover and the ability to upgrade security solutions without downtime.

Out-of-band monitoring

Deliver network traffic to your out-of-band monitoring tools with speed and accuracy. Ixia’s dynamic filtering engine makes it easy to identify relevant interactions, even as your network grows and changes.

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

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