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Design-IT: How to TAP traffic in a virtual environment

on 8/28/18 8:00 AM By | Jonathan Devoy | 0 Comments | DesignIT Network Design Network TAPs
Network TAPs provide the best and easiest way to see network traffic going over the network. Simply plugging the tap into the physical cables between two networked devices will capture each packet sent across that wire. By strategically placing taps across key points in the network, administrators gain full network visibility. But what happens inside of a virtual environment?
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Design-IT: Reverse Bypass Mode

on 7/3/18 8:00 AM By | Jonathan Devoy | 0 Comments | Network Security DesignIT
There have been quite a few posts about the benefits of Bypass TAPs and how they can keep the network up and running in the event an inline appliance fails. But what about situations where the inline appliance is the main source of security for the network, and the company has zero tolerance for unsecured traffic? In those cases, the Bypass TAP has a “Reverse Bypass Mode” to accommodate for just that.
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Design-IT Solutions: Remote Management for Inline Devices

on 5/22/18 8:00 AM By | Jonathan Devoy | 0 Comments | DesignIT Network Security In Band Security Appliances
Networks are becoming more and more distributed. We’re starting to see more customers deploying security tools at their remote locations, such as bank branches and retail outlets, or as managed services to clients.
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Design-IT Solutions: How to TAP a Wireless Access Point

on 4/17/18 8:00 AM By | Jonathan Devoy | 0 Comments | Network Design DesignIT Network TAPs
The addition of wireless connections or “Wi-Fi” to networks has provided a cost-effective way to allow endpoints to communicate with both back-end resources and each other. Traditionally, copper cabling would need to be run throughout a building and an RJ45 ethernet port would need to be available at any location where there could potentially be a computer. On the backend, this causes a significant increase in networking equipment: patch panels to support each run and switch ports to support each network link. With wireless, an access point (AP) can be placed in an open location and provide connectivity to multiple endpoints while only utilizing a single port on a switch.
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Design-IT Solutions: How to monitor your 100G network with incompatible tools

As networks continue to grow and threats become more pervasive, the need to react quickly to changes in the state of your network is higher than ever.  One way of making your control over your network more agile is through Software Defined Networking (SDN).
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Design-IT Solutions: Bypass TAPs add resiliency to the edge of the network

on 2/13/18 8:00 AM By | Jonathan Devoy | 0 Comments | Network Design DesignIT
The Network Edge is one of the most important aspects of a network: it facilitates the ingress, egress, security, and optimization of network traffic. Any downtime in the edge will have a direct, negative effect on productivity and will eat into profits. For this month’s Design-IT scenario, I came across an interesting bypass tap solution for the network edge: by using a bypass tap, additional resiliency can be provided to network edge devices. Packet capture can also be offloaded from security devices, allowing the appliance’s resources to be dedicated to what they were intended for.
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