Advanced Network Packet Broker

The EXA48600 series Network Packet Broker is an advanced network packet broker offering filtering capabilities beyond OSI Layer 4. The EXA48600 is part of the Fifth Generation (G5) network packet brokers from Cubro. The architecture in these devices is a programmable switching fabric that offers unparalleled performance and throughput for extremely high-bandwidth installations.

The EXA48600 features 48 x 1/10G (SFP/SFP+) and 6 x 40/100G (QSFP/QSFP28) interfaces. The Advanced G5 Packetmasters support breakout cables on the QSFP ports to individual 4 x 1/10/25G providing an extensive and flexible level of connectivity.

The EXA48600 is ideal in environments where tools need access to links spanning bandwidth capabilities from 1G to 100G. QSFP ports capable of up to 100G speeds also provide the option to create a high-bandwidth backbone between Packet Brokers or backhaul to, and from, remote sites. The high port density, session-aware load balancing, and tens of thousands of filtering rules at the users disposal combine to make the EXA48600 a device which can support large amounts of monitoring and security appliances and the unique architecture of the device means that performance is never compromised regardless of complexity and features used.

Main Features of EXA48600

  • Filter and load-balance traffic from 1, 10, 25, 40 or 100 Gbps links to multiple monitoring tools
  • Aggregates multiple 1 or 10 Gbps links to 25, 40, or 100 Gbps monitoring tools
  • 48 x 1/10G (SFP/SFP+) and 6 x 40/100 Gbps (QSFP/ QSFP28)
  • QSFP28 ports support breakout to 4 x 10/25G
  • Up to 4000 parallel rules
  • Packet slicing support (64B, 128B, 192B)
  • IPv6 support
  • No additional port licensing fees or software feature licensing. All features and applications included in the unit price.
  • 2-year base warranty period

Functions & Benefits of EXA48600

  • Easy to configure: secure Web GUI / CLI / ReST API
  • Load balancing: hash-based, session aware load balancing on either outer or inner headers; up to 128 load
    balancing groups
  • Cubro Vitrum Management Suite: The EXA48600 is fully compatible with Cubro Vitrum, a centralized management platform for all Cubro network visibility solutions.
  • Filtering on multiple parameters up to Layer 7.

Extended Functions

The management host controller of the EXA48600 is a cavium multicore processor unit which runs a fully featured Cubro OS. Scripting languages such as Python, Perl, or Bash are available to run 3rd party applications and scripts; extending the functionality of the Sessionmaster. These applications can be developed by Cubro or the customer.

  • Product Capabilities

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    Link/Port AggregationAggregation many to any, and any to many at all link speeds
    100G distribution/load balancingTraffic can be easily distributed across 1G, 10G, 25G, and 40G links to monitor highly loaded 100 Gbps links.
    Jumbo Frame SupportThe Sessiomaster supports jumbo Ethernet frames with a size of up to 16000 bytes.
    Support of IPv4 and IPv6Yes
    • 48 x 1/10G (SFP/SFP+) and 6 x 40/100G (QSFP/QSFP28)
    • 1 x 10/100/1000 Base-T (Management)
    • 1 x RS232 Console
    Configuration / CommunicationWeb GUI, CLI, REST API, SNMPv2c, SNMPv3
    • 2,16 Tbps backplane
    • 100 % throughput without any packet loss
    Aggregation latencyAverage < 700 ns for 64-byte frames
    MTBF201.743 hours
    Packet Buffer24 MB
    Different Power Versions100-252V AC power supply (DC power modules available)

  • Technical Data / Specification

    Cubro Advanced Packetbroker EXA64100, the image shows the front view


    • 48 x 1/10 Gbps full duplex Ports for any kind of SFP/SFP+
    • 6 x 40/100 Gbps full duplex ports for any kind of QSFP/QSFP28
    • Each port can be input and / or output depending on the application and configuration
    • All QSFP/ QSFP28 ports support breakout cables to 4x10G or 4x25G interfaces


    • 48 x 1/10 Gbps full duplex Ports for any kind of SFP/SFP+
    • 6 x 40/100 Gbps full duplex ports for any kind of QSFP/QSFP28
    • Each port can be input and / or output depending on the application and configuration
    • All QSFP/ QSFP28 ports support breakout cables to 4x10G or 4x25G interfaces


    • Performance up to 2,16 Tbps
    • Non-blocking design
    • Boot time from power on to working 180 sec
    • Packet delay through processing constant at 700 ns


    • Management Port: (1) RJ45 10/100/1000 Mbit Configuration
    • (CLI) Port: (1) RS-232 DB9
    • USB for software update

    Operating specifications

    • Operating Temperature: 0ºC to 40ºC
    • Storage Temperature: -10ºC to 70ºC
    • Relative Humidity: 10% min, 95% max (non-condensing)

    Mechanical specifications

    • Dimension (WxDxH): 443 x 559 x 44 mm
    • Weight: 11,7 kg
    • Airflow: Front-back

    Electrical specifications

    • Input Power: 100-240V, 2A, 47-63 Hz (AC version)
    • Maximum Power Consumption: 400W


    • Fully RoHS compliant
    • CE compliant
    • Safety - UL 60950-1 / CSA C22.2 60950-1-07 / IEC 60950-1 (2005) EN 60950-1 (2006)

  • Applications / Solutions

    Load Balancing

    The EXA48600 is connected inline to a 100 Gbit live link. The Sessionmaster EXA48600 can load balance 100 Gbit traffic to several 10 Gbit ports.


    The EXA48600 receives traffic from a 100G live link via the monitor ports of an inline TAP.
    The EXA48600 aggregates the Tx and the Rx sides of the duplex link to a single 100 Gbit port for monitoring purposes. By utilizing the filtering abilities of the EXA48600 the user can isolate only the traffic necessary to troubleshoot the network problem.

    Monitoring and Trouble Shooting

    The Sessionmaster EXA48600 supports 4000 filters that can classify traffic. These filters can be used to redirect a selected part of the traffic to a low bandwidth monitoring tool, like a PC with Wireshark to trouble shoot an issue on a 100 Gbit link (such as a routing problem).

    GTP Application

    The EXA48600 supports removal of GTP headers as well as filtering on the inner IP address of the GTP tunnel. It is also possible to load balance GTP traffic based on either the outer tunnel headers or, alternatively, the inner headers of the encapsulated traffic.

  • Ordering information

    Product Components

    • Cubro EXA48600
    • AC/DC power supply
    • European power cord
    • Transceivers not included
    Part NumberDescription
    CUB.SM-EXA48600Sessionmaster EXA48600, 48x10G and 6x100G QSFP28, AC power supply
    CUB.SM-EXA48600-DCSessionmaster EXA48600, 48x10G and 6x100G QSFP28, DC power supply

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