The Network Packet Broker (NPB) has become a critical component to any network. They offer numerous benefits to both network operations and network security teams. With an increasing number of vendors offering these products, selecting the right product has become more challenging than ever. A good approach to selecting the right product is to first understand that modern NPBs really fall into one of three categories. These include full-featured NPBs, White Box NPBs, and Aggregators. Understanding these three product categories can help reduce the time it takes to locate the correct product for your network.