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Service providers and enterprises deploy Network Packet Brokers (NPBs) to build monitoring networks that feed replicated traffic flows from production networks to monitoring and analytics tools. These monitoring networks often have an expansive, layered footprint of aggregation and core NPBs distributed across the network, which creates numerous operational challenges. As the number of management endpoints grows, provisioning, configuring, and upgrading NPBs become more expensive, time-consuming, and error-prone. In addition, several departments within the organization share the monitoring infrastructure, but each has its own visibility requirements. Providing access only to flows that are relevant to a particular group of users therefore becomes a complex undertaking. With the growing adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), these challenges now extend into the realm of virtualized networking and monitoring infrastructures.