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Jerry Dillard

Jerry Dillard, CTO/Co-Founder Garland Technology Jerry has been developing engineering solutions for over 20 years. He is a pure engineer. Jerry designs products that solve network access problems. He designs Garland Technology products in such a way that they do not introduce additional problems into your network. His career started after he graduated from the University of Alabama. His solid background in network engineering helped General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems drive network systems. Jerry went on to start a company that not only sold directly to end clients, but also provided products in the network area as an OEM. Jerry’s products were so well respected that other companies put their name on his products. As the CTO of Garland Technology, he is a driving force in making Garland Technology the 100-percent company: “100% in customer satisfaction, 100% in employee satisfaction, 100% in product reliability and network visibility. When you place a Garland Technology product in your network, we are 100% sure you will be happy with your decision.”

Recent Posts

Born in the USA: The Story of Garland Network TAPs

Posted by Jerry Dillard on 6/8/17 8:00 AM

Since I began my career as a network engineer in the mid ‘90s, I have always considered network uptime and security to be the ultimate metrics against which all innovations in the communications industry should be measured.  

In fact, these two principles were the guiding force behind my seminal work designing a network TAP and the reason that Garland Technology today is a successful American enterprise with solutions deployed worldwide.

In a previous blog, we explained what makes Garland TAPs different from the competitors.

In this post, I'll explain why Garland takes extra steps to ensure a quality made and tested network TAP, and the importance of US manufacturing.

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Topics: Network TAPs

Understanding the Need for Link Speed Synchronization

Posted by Jerry Dillard on 8/23/16 8:00 AM

In increasingly complex networking environments, it is important to choose solutions that can automatically resolve transmission issues at the hardware level.  

This is particularly true when you’re inserting security and monitoring devices into live networks.  Any incompatibilities in transmission protocols could slow communications or prevent devices from performing properly.

Let's learn why Link Speed Synchronization is included on all of Garland's copper network TAPs.

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Topics: Network TAPs

The 101 Series: Active Network TAPs—Where, When and How

Posted by Jerry Dillard on 10/7/15 2:54 PM

Because network connectivity is critical to any security or network monitoring project, people are always asking us which network TAP is right for them.  In a recent post, we discussed the ins and outs of passive network TAPs which are typically paired with out-of-band monitoring solutions.  


Today, we’ll take an in-depth look at active network TAPs and see where, when and how they fit into a complete visibility strategy.



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Topics: Network TAPs, The 101 Series

The 101 Series: Passive Network TAPs

Posted by Jerry Dillard on 9/25/15 12:29 PM

Companies that are using network monitoring tools – be they for analyzing security threats, packet flow or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) – all have one thing in common. They need to ensure that those applications have access to 100% of the traffic flowing through the network.

If they can’t see all the data, they just can’t operate as designed. So what’s your best bet?

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Topics: Network TAPs, The 101 Series