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What is IPS stacking?

    • Updated:
    • 2 Aug 2017
    • Product/Version:
    • TippingPoint IPS NX-series IPS
    • TippingPoint IPS NX-series IPS
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The release of TOS v3.9.0, introduced a new feature for the NX-Platform 7100NX or 7500NX IPS devices called stacking. Stacking enables you to increase the overall inspection capacity of your TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) by grouping multiple NX-Platform devices and pooling their resources. You can configure up to five NX-Platform devices in a stack. The stack operates as a single device that you manage on the TippingPoint Security Management System (SMS). In-line inspection capacity increases with each device that you add to the stack. Stacking support allows for a higher inspection throughput.

  •  Increased inspection capacity for 7100NX (30Gb-75Gb)
  •  Increased inspection capacity for 7500NX (40Gb-100Gb)

Stacking requirements

  • TippingPoint 7100NX or 7500NX device (each member of the stack must be the same model).
  • One TippingPoint 40 GbE QSFP+ I/O module for each device (installed in slot 4).
  • One TippingPoint 40G QSFP+ Active Optical Cable (AOC) for each device. Note: If the devices are more than 3 meters apart you will need to use standard multimode fiber with the two TippingPoint S146 40G QSFP+ SR4 850nm for each 40Gbe module.
  • TOS v3.9.0, or later installed on all devices.
  • SMS v4.5.0, or later.

Important Notes

  • Prior to installing TOS v3.9.0 for the purpose of stacking, you must perform a factory reset.
  • The same Digital Vaccine must be distributed to all devices in the stack, failure to do this will result in errors from the stack.
  • The I/O modules should be installed in the stacking device that you plan to use as the network segment device. A network segment device operates in-line in the network and distributes network traffic to each stack member for inspection. The other stack members do not need network I/O modules. If you do install additional I/O modules on the other devices in the stack, they must match the I/O modules in the network segment device and they can only be used for the same network (redundancy).
NX-Platform Stacking

NX-Platform resilient stack configuration
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