Cisco Nexus Dashboard Data Broker

This is a simple, scalable, and cost-effective monitoring solution for high-volume and business-critical traffic.

Benefits of Cisco Nexus Dashboard Data Broker

Extensive visibility

Gain extensive visibility for high-density data center switches with speeds up to 100/400G and analytics for increasing traffic volumes and highly complex multipath networks.

Grow at scale with speed

Scale out network monitoring independent of the number of ports, switches, or taps.

Highly cost-effective

Reduce network monitoring expenses with simple and cost-effective standard Cisco Nexus switches.

Features and capabilities

Flexible deployment

  • Centralized controller for large-scale deployments
  • On-switch embedded controller
  • Granular control in a multiuser environment
  • Operate with web-based NDB UI or automate with NDB REST APIs

TAP/SPAN aggregation

  • Flexible aggregation and replication
  • Versatile filters: L2/L3/L4 header filters, MPLS filter, and User Defined Filter (UDF)
  • VLAN strip, MPLS strip, 802.1Q tagging, PTP time stamp insertion, and packet truncation
  • SPAN automation for Cisco ACI and NX-OS mode
  • Visibility into virtual TAP traffic (VM-to-VM traffic) or ACI EPG ERSPAN traffic

Inline monitoring

  • Detection of service node failures and automatic remediation
  • Real-time traffic replication and monitoring scalable service nodes for multiple production paths

Latest innovations

  • Generate Netflow records at line rate for ingress traffic
  • Send traffic to remote tool over an L3 network
  • Automated upgrade and replacement of hardware
  • Update device credentials in bulk using credential profile

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Data Broker components

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Data Broker

  • Simple and intuitive web-based UI to manage aggregating, filtering, forwarding, and replicating rule
  • REST APIs to automate and adapt the rules dynamically
  • Runs in a centralized VM or in the guest shell on Nexus NDB switch

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches

  • Proven high performance and density up to 400G, as well as low latency
  • High programmability and exceptional power efficiency in a range of form factors

Scalable application traffic monitoring

The greatest benefit for us was that we no longer had to think where are we going to cable those taps and everything. This was because the number of ports was no longer a limitation, and the number of switches was no longer a limitation. We could scale out with everything.

Thomas Muehlemann, Network Monitoring and Assurance, Swisscom

Choose the best DCN license for your needs

Learn how to get the Nexus Dashboard.

DCN Essentials subscription

For single data center telemetry and basic network services. Optional Day 2 Ops license.

DCN Advantage subscription

Includes capabilities for multiple data centers and clouds.

DCN Premier subscription

Provides intelligent analytics and automation for multiple data centers and clouds.

DCN Day 2 Ops subscription

Includes intelligent analytics, deep operational visibility, and reduced downtime.


What is the Cisco Nexus Dashboard Data Broker?

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Data Broker (formerly Nexus Data Broker) enables NetOps to programmatically manage aggregating, filtering, and forwarding complete flows to custom analytics tools. The Data Broker Controller application is now available as an app on Cisco Nexus Dashboard

On which Cisco Nexus Series switches can Nexus Dashboard Data Broker functionality be used?

Cisco Nexus Dashboard Data Broker functionality can be used on almost all the available off-the-shelf available data center Cisco Nexus 9000 switches on both fixed and modular switches.

Where can I run the Nexus Dashboard Data Broker controller software?

Nexus Dashboard Data Broker controller software can run on any bare-metal server or Virtual Machine (VM), on leaf switches of an ACI fabric, and on individual Catalyst switches via Cisco Catalyst center

What are the licensing requirements for Nexus Dashboard Data Broker?

For every Data Broker switch purchased/repurposed, NDB license (Subscription, Perpetual) should be added to the Bill of Materials (BOM). Nexus Dashboard Data Broker controller software is offered for free.

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