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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

The 101 Series: Filtering TAPs

Posted by George Bouchard on 3/14/17 8:00 AM

In our 101 network TAP series, we have explained the functionality of the various network TAPs that are available to gain access to the traffic that is typically found in a network. We have reviewed passive fiber TAPs, copper network TAPs, aggregation TAPs, SPAN/regeneration TAPs and the bypass TAP.  

Now we have a new 1U or 2U Chassis System that supports our filtering TAPs – which for you, means an affordable 1G Packet Broker System that can do it all in one box. 

Read on to see what filtering can do for your network…

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Topics: Network TAPs, Data Center, Network Design, The 101 Series, Network Packet Brokers

Network TAPs or Packet Brokers for Software-Defined Networks?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 3/7/17 8:00 AM

Centralized, programmatic control of the network—this was the major promise software-defined networking (SDN) offered when it first emerged. We’re getting there, but if the last few years have shown us anything it’s that realizing lofty SDN goals is anything but easy.

Now might not be the time to implement an a prior data model with an SDN protocol like OpenFlow, but you can still lay the groundwork for SDN in 2017.

The only question is how.

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Topics: Data Center, Network Visibility/Monitoring, Software Defined Networking (SDN)

How Feasible is SDN in 2017?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 2/21/17 8:01 AM

Whether it’s the proliferation of cloud applications or growing cybersecurity demands, data centers are being forced to change faster than ever. Pushing 1G or even 10G architectures to their limits won’t work moving forward.

That’s why SDN is slowly starting to become a commercial reality (albeit slowly). We’ve looked ahead to where SDN will be in 2020, but you could argue that that’s been SDN’s problem since 2013—we keep looking ahead and commercialization continues to be delayed.

As you’re scaling a 40G or 100G network, you need to know if SDN is available right now. Moving into 2017, is SDN really feasible for you?

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Topics: Data Center, Software Defined Networking (SDN)

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 Functions Virtualization—What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 2/7/17 8:00 AM

Remember back in 2013 when software-defined networking (SDN) was going to change the 
world? It’s still the future of the data center, but the revolution is happening slower than 
people expected four years ago.

Amidst all of the SDN hype, many companies seem to have lost track of its companion 
technology—network functions virtualization (NFV). 

Some may think NFV and SDN are the same, but they’re actually complementary. If SDN seems 
too far out of reach, you might want to start thinking about laying the foundation for the future 
with NFV.

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Topics: Data Center, Network Design, Software Defined Networking (SDN)