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Light Loss Through Fiber Optic TAPs

on 12/7/17 8:00 AM By | Jerry Dillard | 0 Comments | Network TAPs Network Design
Light loss or “loss budget” is the calculation of the total length of the fiber cable and the loss of light traveling that cable, which has a big impact on network performance. Designing a fiber optic network is a balancing act between the sum of its parts and a few different factors to determine how to power it. I want to go over Garland’s passive fiber TAPs loss specifications and how they factor into determining your budget light loss calculation.
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What White-Box and Brite-Box Mean for Your SDN Deployment

on 11/30/17 8:00 AM By | Chris Bihary | 0 Comments | Data Center Software Defined Networking (SDN)
Even though there’s still plenty of excitement surrounding software-defined networking (SDN), the conversation has really changed over the last few years. One of the most-anticipated benefits of building out SDN was the cost savings. That is, until people saw the first practical SDN deployment from Google and realized the multi-year project was quite costly. And without resources similar to Google’s, mainstream SDN started to seem further and further away than expected. Now, SDN is coming into play—but we don’t talk as much about cost savings. Instead, the rise of fabric solutions are sold based on their ability to deliver programmability and centralized control of the network. Will we ever get back to SDN as a means of scalable cost savings? The answer lies in the distinction between white boxes and brite boxes.
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[Analysis] Full Duplex Capture in Industrial Networks

on 11/21/17 8:00 AM By | Thomas Tannhauser | 0 Comments | Network Infrastructure TAPs vs SPAN Network Design
Why SPAN Ports Should Not be Used in Security Solutions The convergence of IT and OT in the context of Industry 4.0 has led to a crowded market of security solutions targeting the shop floor on different levels. While the security of the legacy IT systems was part of the initial planning of those systems, the industry now faces the challenge to integrate security solutions in legacy OT systems.
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Garland Partners with Edgecore for End-to-End Visibility Solutions

on 11/16/17 8:00 AM By | Chris Bihary | 0 Comments | Technology Partners Software Defined Networking (SDN)
We recently partnered with Edgecore, a leading provider of open networking solutions of bare-metal hardware switches and access products, which utilize both independent commercial and open source software options. These include applications such as SDN  (Software Defined Networking), Network Analytics, Virtualized Networks, Data Center network fabrics, and open access networks. Cloud data center operators and leading enterprises have been deploying open network solutions for several years and the benefits are noticeable.
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How to Monitor Encrypted Traffic and Keep Your Network Secure

It wasn’t too long ago that the security community was talking about achieving 20% encrypted traffic. But encryption efforts are quickly gaining traction. In January 2017, Mozilla research found the average volume of encrypted web traffic finally surpassed the volume of unencrypted traffic. To the general public, this shift is proof of a transition to safer, more private internet experiences. However, the security community knows that encrypted traffic has other implications for corporate data protection.
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Group Packet Competition at Sharkfest Europe 2017

on 11/2/17 8:00 AM By | Chris Bihary | 0 Comments | Network TAPs Events & News Wireshark
Sharkfest Europe is back for a second year, and Garland Technology is continuing our support of the Wireshark community by sponsoring this year’s Group Packet Competition. While Sharkfest is well established in the US as the premier educational conference for Wireshark users to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices, over in Europe, the conference is still in its early years. At Sharkfest, the Group Packet Competition is designed to bring teams of Wireshark users together. Each team is given a group of trace files and a sheet of questions. Then, they are challenged to race against the clock to find the answers, often using areas of Wireshark they aren’t familiar with. The Competition is a great way to teach users of all different skill levels new tricks about the analyzer in a fun environment.
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