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“Not another installation setback”

As my daughter approaches her 3rd birthday, we've loosened up the rules on watching cartoons. Now, we all look forward to Saturday morning cartoons … and pancakes.

Personally, I haven’t watched cartoons in 30 years. Surprisingly, it seems animators are still reusing the same “character rolls down a snowy hill and becomes a giant snowball” bit.

As an adult, I empathize with the character inside the snowball.

I think about IT network tool deployments gone wrong. With one setback after another, the project begins to literally snowball out of control.

Perhaps your installation of a brand new SIEM, NDR, IDS, Lawful Intercept, or DLP feels like it’s going downhill right now.

People often call us for help when their projects hit setbacks. These are some of the common culprits we hear about:

  • One of the existing switches is unmanaged and can’t be used reliably to connect the SIEM to the network.  Roll  
  • Another switch is already configured and reconfiguring it is not an option.  Roll  
  • Supply chain issues have delayed a vital piece of equipment for the project.  Roll  
  • The engineer sent into the field to drive resolution is stuck in an airport because of flight delays due to Covid, weather, or both.  Roll  
  • You’re trying to leave on a well-deserved vacation and you receive a call that another setback is delaying the installation.  Roll (your eyes)

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In response, we generally ask these 6 questions:

  1. How are you holding up?
  2. What tool is being installed?
  3. What is the network speed?
  4. What is the media type and/or connector type?
  5. Are there other out-of-band monitoring tools that require copies of the network traffic?
  6. Do you have a network diagram you can share to help us visualize the environment or project? 


A Garland technical engineer will then recommend some options for consideration. Often, a network TAP is part of our suggested solution.


TAPs come in a wide variety of types and specs, making them a versatile, go-to solution for resolving these situations. They can help you quickly overcome installation delays and avoid disappointing stakeholders.


What’s a TAP?

A TAP is a physical device that sits between two other network appliances (like a switch and router). Traffic flows full speed through the TAP while the device simultaneously copies the packets and sends the duplicates off to monitoring and security tools (like a SIEM) for further inspection.


Fly for fun, not for work.

SIEM deployments too often hit setbacks and end up with people on planes. When this happens, you (or your engineer) become the center of the snowball, as the project quickly careens downhill.

There’s a better way! Network TAPs can help you gain control over installation delays and also help you avoid last-minute flights (aka the middle seat special) to deal with unexpected setbacks.

TAP vs SPAN

Written by Jason Drewniak

Jason Drewniak is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Garland Technology in the Buffalo, New York office. His experience building brands and delighting customers covers a variety of tech-forward products like computers, toys, and beer. At Garland he is responsible for educating network stakeholders about the "Garland Difference!"

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