It’s common to need UDP forwarding to replicate UDP packets to all of your network monitoring solutions. Being the developers of NetFlow analysis software we have UDP NetFlow replication sending NetFlow packets to multiple development and production servers. This can be a challenge as most NetFlow exporters only send NetFlow packets to two different destinations. As a result of this, we are now selling an all in one UDP replicator appliance with a web based interface that can be configured from anywhere.

What is a UDP Replicator?

UDP forwarding or UDP replication is, typically, used when you are limited to the amount of destinations that you can export data to. The solution is to send data such as NetFlow, syslogs, or any UDP protocol to a UDP replicator which can be configured to forward the data to any number of destinations.

Here’s an example of how we use a NetFlow replicator appliance on our own network to forward NetFlow data to all of our network monitoring solutions:

UDP Fanout

Since our high volume NetFlow Forwarder can easily forward over 100,000 flows a second it’s a great tool to provide distributed NetFlow collection. For example, you can send all the NetFlow packets to the UDP Replicator and then configure the Replicator to distribute the NetFlow to multiple collectors, so that all the data is not going to one single collection point. You can also setup the UDP Replicator for disaster recovery by sending the same flows to two different NetFlow collector servers.

Here’s an example of our UDP Replicator in action as it dynamically detects if it should stop forwarding flows when a host goes offline to prevent the flood of UDP packets across the network.  Then, when the host comes back online, the Replicator will begin forwarding flows again.

UDP Replicator Appliance

May 2016 Update: UDP Forwarder or UDP Fanout

Don’t hesitate to contact us at 207-324-8805 if you’d like to find out more information on our UDP Replicator Appliance. Download the Replicator PDF for all the details.

Paul Dube

Paul Dube is the Director of Technical Services at Plixer. He has a passion for enabling individuals and organizations to use highly complex systems to solve business and personal objectives. This passion for problem solving has Paul working with some of the largest enterprises to solve their security and networking challenges and also educating his young daughters on how to enrich their lives with technology. When he's not working, you will find him enjoying time with his family, cooking something delicious on the Big Green Egg, and enjoying the best brews that the locals have to offer.