Ixia Visibility Solutions provide real-time, end-to-end visibility, insight and security into physical, virtual, SDN and NFV networks, delivering the control, coverage and performance in a seamless fashion to protect and improve crucial networking, data center and cloud business assets. 


Step 1: Capture all your network traffic by tapping every network link


Step 2: Through non-production links, traffic flows to one or more Vision network packet brokers where duplicate data is removed then filtered using NetStack, PacketStack, SecureStack  and AppStack visibility intelligence capabilities


Step 3: Your security, performance and monitoring tools receive the most appropriate data stream, tailored specifically for that tool; your tools work more efficiently, and most effectively

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The Ixia family of taps provides 100 percent visibility and permanent passive access points into the customer’s network. When a monitoring tool is needed, simply connect the device to the tap instead of taking down the link and interrupting traffic. Taps pass all network traffic—including Layers 1 and 2 errors—without introducing bottlenecks or points of failure. Regardless of interface or location in the network, we provide a tap solution, supporting copper, multimode and single mode fiber at speeds up to 100Gbps with media conversion models available.

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Flexible, modular and 100% passive Taps

Provide complete traffic visibility to copper links

Use a single tool port to monitor both ends of a bi-directional connection.

Make multiple copies of data on a single link

Vision Portfolio: Network Packet Brokers

Data is routed to one or many network packet brokers; the fabric of packet brokers serves to organize and streamline data for specific monitoring, performance and security tools. Known for their easy-to-use web interface, Ixia's packet brokers do all the heavy lifting when it comes to managing filter rules, making it easy to manage change while freeing up valuable time to focus on other things. Data is then sent to security, performance and analytics tools; these tools can perform at an optimal level because they receive the right data in the right format and at a manageable throughput. In the case of in-line deployments, approved data is then sent back into your network. Ixia offers single pane of glass management and configuration options, which allows you to scale in both physical and virtual environments.


All-in-one tool that provides high-performance, lossless visibility

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

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

High-density, modular platform for high performance, intelligent visibility

 High-density, high availability switch for 1GE, 10GE, 40GE and 100G

Entry level visibility appliance with lossless packet processing at 1GE and 10GE

Fail-safe inline security network packet broker

High performance monitoring of financial market data feeds

Maximize network probes and capacity while improving visibility into wireless core networks




CloudLens—Platform for Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud Visibility

Migrating mission-critical workloads to the cloud requires actionable intelligence for IT security and analytics tools—which are only as good as the data they see. IT’s challenge is to ensure that the infrastructure delivers applications that are reliable, fast, and secure. Business changes are forcing IT to gain greater insight and understanding of the network to maximize performance. Ixia’s CloudLens™ delivers end-to-end visibility and provides context-aware data processing across all cloud environments — public, private and hybrid cloud — making applications stronger by providing a high level of network intelligence.

Bypass Switches

When a network monitoring device such as an IPS is deployed inline in a network, it is vital to ensure that traffic continues to flow in all circumstances, even if the IPS loses power, so that mission-critical business applications remain available. A bypass switch is an excellent solution that keeps traffic flowing, for failsafe implementation of inline security tools.

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4 Segment 10Gbps HA Intelligent Bypass Switch

1 Segment 10/100/1000Mbps Compact Intelligent Bypass Switch

1 Segment 10Gbps Intelligent Bypass Switch

Very high density 12-segment 10Gbps Intelligent Bypass Switch

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 in the cloud. To learn more, click on each stack.

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  • Three Stages of Filtering (ingress, dynamic and egress)
  • Dynamic Filter Compiler
  • Source Port Labeling (VLAN Tagging & Untagging)
  • Aggregation & Replication
  • Load Balancing
  • Double your Ports- DyP (Simplex)
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  • Deduplication
  • Header (protocol) Stripping & Packet Trimming
  • Timestamping
  • Data Masking
  • GRE Tunneling
  • Burst Protection (Deep Packet Buffering)
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  • Passive SSL Decryption


  • Application Filtering
  • Geolocation & Tagging
  • Optional RegEx Filtering
  • Netflow & Ixflow
  • Data Masking Plus
  • Packet Capture
  • Real-time Dashboard

Ixia offers an easy-to-use, intuitive click-and-drop NPB interface to allow operators to make connections from taps or SPAN ports to their connected tools. The configuration of filters is streamlined and easy, with overall setup requiring minimal time and effort, even for large shops and complicated networks. No professional services or expensive training is required to learn and implement the Ixia visibility solutions. This eliminates the need to use time-consuming command line interface (CLI) or web user interface (WebUI) dialogs, or invest hours or days designing complex logic. 

As your visibility needs increase, Ixia Fabric Controller (IFC) capability allows for flexibility to scale with your SDN. It provides a single-pane-of-glass management for multiple where every additional packet brokers adds its respective resources to a common visibility management fabric, resulting in a intelligent collection of network packet brokers.

Single pane of glass, scaleable centralized visibility management for physical, virtual, and software defined networks