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TAP Into Technology

Leading the Way in Network Technology

Timothy Schmidt

Timothy is a Territory Sales Manager at Garland Technology. Timothy leads in Garland's mission in educating all organizations and individuals on the benefits of having a strong foundation of network visibility and access.

Recent Posts

When A Simple SPAN Port Is Enough

on 9/11/18 8:00 AM By | Timothy Schmidt | 0 Comments | Network Management TAPs vs SPAN
The two most common ways to access and replicate data within your network are TAP and SPAN technology. A Test Access Point (TAP) is a hardware device that copies all of your network data. SPAN or Switch Port Analyzer are mirroring ports within a switch that copies specific data. Network TAPs are always an industry best practice but in a few specific situations when a SPAN port suffices. When monitoring products are looking for low bandwidth application layer events like “conversation or connection analysis,” “application flows,” and applications where real time and knowing real delta times are not important. SPAN could also be used in a remote location that doesn’t justify a permanent deployment, offering temporary access for troubleshooting. 
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How to Gain Full Visibility During an Instant Response Data Breach

As an instant response firm, the Cyber Defense Group focuses on two critical aspects of cyber security, the proactive side, which they call a virtual CISO, and the reactive side, which is the instant response to some sort of cyber attack.
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5 Reasons to TAP your Network

on 3/1/18 8:00 AM By | Timothy Schmidt | 0 Comments | Network TAPs TAPs vs SPAN
Why do I need TAPs?  That’s a question I hear a lot from people in the field.  Either they aren’t familiar with TAPs, or even if they are, with a low utilization, they may think there isn’t an application that makes sense for them.
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[eBook] The 101 on Network TAPs - the Definitive Guide

on 1/24/17 8:00 AM By | Timothy Schmidt | 0 Comments | The 101 Series Network TAPs
As a sales leader, my day is filled with training and educating resellers, network professionals and new Garland team members on the different types of network TAPs available. Depending on who I'm talking with, the conversation can be an overview of how TAPs work, the variety of functions performed by TAPs and what network scenarios network TAPs are commonly used with. I discovered early on, that there weren't any resources for network TAP training and teamed up with our engineers and experts to create a blog series called The 101 on Network TAPs. The blog series has been so successful, we took excerpts of the key learning concepts and created a comprehensive TAP training guide. Today, I'm pleased to introduce our new eBook, The 101 on Network TAPs - The Networking Users Guide, this is a definitive guide explaining the same concepts I explain everyday.
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Is There A Difference? Bypass Switch vs. Bypass TAP

I love talking with people and listening to what they say and how they say it. The IT world loves acronyms, tech terms and jargon, but what surprises me is that manufacturer’s, resellers, technology partners and end users all define terms a little differently. For example, let’s dig into the difference between a Bypass Switch - and a Bypass TAP.
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