A network monitoring switch allows IT teams to simultaneously connect a wide array of monitoring tools. The best-in-class network monitoring switches do more than solve connection problems; they also aggregate and filter data according to the type of monitoring tool.
Some network monitoring switches include advanced functions to enhance and automate network monitoring activities, functions like extended burst protection and packet de-duplication at line rate.
When duplicate packets get transmitted to monitoring tools, they hinder effective network monitoring. Eliminating duplicate packets is a critical step to achieve monitoring goals and improve network performance.