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400G packet broker

SmartNA-PortPlus HyperCore™

400G network tap

Powerful Packet Broker Solution up to 400G

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Network Critical’s 32 X 400G SmartNA-PortPlus HyperCore™ Network Packet Broker bridges the gap between today's ultra high speed networks, and existing management, monitoring and security tools.


Beyond server ready high speed connectivity for security and monitoring tools, the SmartNA-PortPlus HyperCore™ is also a feature rich traffic manager. Advanced features such as aggregation, filtering, graphical port mapping and load balancing of core network traffic allow users to leverage their tool investment.

Key Features


  • High density, high performance and scalable. Network and server ready base unit 32 x 10/25/40/50/
    200/400G interfaces


  • Non-blocking architecture, Line Rate System Throughput 25.6 Tbps

  • Aggregate, Filter and Load Balance core network traffic across existing and future tool portfolio

  • Custom P-Tag functionality enables complex traffic processing workflows

  • Programmable architecture
    purpose-built to support workload density, emerging protocols and new technologies

  • Scalable to 256 ports of 10/25/40
    and 50G. Saving rack space and all speeds protect against obsolescence


  • Performance to accommodate all network speeds

  • Extends existing tool life and leverages new tool acquisition

  • Pinpoint tool optimization


  • Future-proofing the visibility solutions

SmartNA-PortPlus HyperCore™

1/10/25/40/50/100/400G Network Packet Broker

Offering revolutionary terabit-scale architecture, the thirty-two 400G ports, with speed flexibility, (that can be used as inputs or outputs,) accumulate the port count of 256. The basic configuration provides an aggregation platform that allows collection of traffic from ultra-fast Top-of-Rack network components, while the upgraded units also support filtering, session-aware load balancing and the complete suite of features from the award-winning Drag-n-Vu™ management interface software. 

While providing network visibility, data access and optimization for next-generation of enterprise infrastructre, the SmartNA-PortPlus HyperCore™ achieves a throughput of 25.6Tbps, per device. This unparalleled forwarding capacity allows this innovation to function as the core intercessor in next generation enterprise or carrier-class networks. Featuring thirty-two QSFP-DD interfaces the SmartNA-PortPlus HyperCore™ is ready to connect to the broadest array of Ethernet devices, and cut-through packet forwarding for ultra-low latency which is important in today's high speed environments.

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A single-pane-of-glass network management system at your fingertips

SmartNA-PortPlus HyperCore Deployment Example

Aggregation of Various Speeds and Technologies:


A telecommunications provider required 140 x 10Gbps ports, mixed between optical and copper DAC links. They needed aggregation and balancing to 4 x 100Gbps uplinks of traffic with minimal rack space usage. The 400Gb packet broker supported this application with both optical and DAC breakout cables.

The first 84 x 10 Gbps links were connected to the packet broker via 21 MPO optical breakout cables, each MPO Breakout cable contains 4 x 10Gbps Duplex LC connections. An additional 56 x 10Gbps ports are connected to the HyperCore via 7 x QSFP56-DD to 8x10Gbps QSFP+ DAC splitter cables. The combined traffic is aggregated by the SmartNA-PortPlus HyperCore and fed to 4 x 100Gbps uplinks via QSFP28 optical transceivers.

With this configuration an unprecedented combination of ports and flexibility is achieved within a single 1RU HyperCore device, offering a single control point with a minimum rack space used and low power requirements.

HyperCore Deployment Example
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Cisco is a global leader in telecommunications, security, network infrastructure and IT applications. As an official Cisco Solution Partner, Network Critical helps provide visibility and access for Cisco security and performance monitoring solutions.

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