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Garland Technology's Network TAPs are now Certified 'Cisco Compatible'

Posted by Mike Heiberger on 4/4/17 8:00 AM

So what does this mean to you? Well, when you are considering a connectivity strategy for your active, in-line appliances or security monitoring tools, it demonstrates that Garland's network TAPs were tested and validated with live data and performed to Cisco's standards.

What standards were tested? Interoperability, health check/failsafe check, full packet capture and zero packet loss.

Why should you care? Read on.

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Topics: Data Center, Cisco Solutions

How to Make 40G Fiber More Accessible—A Primer on Cisco BiDi Technology

Posted by Chris Bihary on 2/9/17 8:00 AM

Just as large enterprises settle into 10G networking, bandwidth intensive applications and big data demands are forcing companies to adopt 40G network speeds. However, the shift from 10G to 40G requires a major investment in a new cabling infrastructure, leaving architects in a difficult position when trying to make upgrades.

To make 40G more accessible, Cisco, a Garland Technology partner, created bidirectional (BiDi) 40G fiber connectivity. But the technology is not without its challenges.

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Topics: Data Center, Network Infrastructure, Technology Partners, Cisco Solutions

Network Monitoring with Differentiated Services (DiffServ or SDCP)

Posted by Timur Ozcan on 11/17/16 8:30 AM

Most network engineers are familiar with how to configure a SPAN port on a switch. This is a common way to get access to the network data to perform network analysis and connect various packet capturing monitoring tools to it.

When considering packet capture and monitoring of voice-over-IP (VoIP) traffic, it is important to keep in mind that VoIP is highly susceptible to packet loss, latency and jitter and is a frequent area of network troubleshooting.

So let me ask you. Besides configuring a SPAN port, do you know the importance of the mirrored data quality in packet analysis?

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Topics: TAPs vs SPAN, Cisco Solutions

[Video] Where Would You TAP?

Posted by Randy Clark on 7/21/16 8:00 AM

Is a perfect ice-breaker question when you are exhibiting at CiscoLive! Las Vegas. In fact for those of you that joined Chris Bihary’s presentation, “Find Your Blind Spots,” in the Cisco Security Partner Village, you’ll recall our goal was for you to go home with two facts:

  • Where to TAP it
  • How to keep it [network] up

I am always surprised at how many network professionals still are not aware that network TAPs are the best practice for 100% network uptime, visiblity and access. At least 50% of the attendees at Chris’ presentation were still using SPAN/Mirror ports when deploying network monitoring tools and not utilizing Bypass TAPs for their Cisco ASA/FirePOWER security tools.

Let me be blunt and say, “This is just crazy, what are you thinking?”

And here’s a few reasons why…

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Topics: TAPs vs SPAN, Events & News, Cisco Solutions

Planning for Visibility at Cisco Live! U.S. 2016

Posted by Chris Bihary on 7/5/16 10:00 AM

After attending Cisco Live Berlin back in February, we marked our calendars for July 10 to July 14 when the show comes to Las Vegas, NV. The Cisco Live shows are meant to bring the world’s foremost technology innovators together for an event filled with educational and networking opportunities.

As we learned in Berlin and last year in San Diego, Cisco Live gives us an opportunity to spread the word about the need for network TAPs for guaranteed network visibility.

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Topics: Events & News, Network Security, Technology Partners, Cisco Solutions

3 Protocols You Need to Know Before Increasing Network Speeds

Posted by Chris Bihary on 3/31/16 8:00 AM

Traffic demands have spiked dramatically over the past five years, and gigabit Ethernet isn’t cutting it in enterprise networks anymore. While many companies have started making the transition from 1G to 10G, the next transition is pretty steep.

After 10G, you have a costly choice between 40G and 100G network speeds and most companies just don’t have the resources to make the jump. 

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Topics: Network Management, Network Infrastructure, Cisco Solutions