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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

The 101 Series: Why Do We Need an Aggregating Network TAP?

Posted by George Bouchard on 2/28/17 8:30 AM

If you remember in my post on Breakout TAPs, there was a small problem when your network analyzer or monitoring device only had one network interface card (NIC). You could only look at the traffic going from ports A to B or the traffic going from ports B to A, but not at both streams of network traffic at the same time. Also, a breakout TAP can only send network traffic to a single analyzer or monitoring device.

Now, breakout network TAPs are still a great solution for many situations, but nevertheless, engineers love solving problems – so they set out add more functionality by developing the Aggregating TAP.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Network Design, The 101 Series

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)

[Demo] Advanced Load Balancing for Multiple Active, In-line Security Tools

Posted by Chris Bihary on 10/20/16 8:08 AM

What do you do when you have low utilization and are not ready to invest in a 10G NextGen Firewall? 

The key to adapting to a 10G shift on a limited budget is to make the most of your current appliances by implementing advanced load balancing.

Learn how to save budget while meeting bandwidth demands in this short 5 minute video.

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Topics: Network Design, Network Security, Network Packet Brokers

What's the 2020 on Application Performance Management (APM)?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 9/22/16 8:00 AM

Cloud, firewalls, and even SDN are all some of the most well-known technologies currently in use. For the next part of our 2020 series, however, we're going to take a look under the hood at application performance management (APM).

This technology is the underpinning of massive networks that serve big-name applications (Facebook, Twitter, Google, and so on) to millions of people per day, without suffering so much as a hiccup. What does the future hold for APM?

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Topics: Network Management, Network Design, Technology Partners

Load Balancing at the Edge – Saves Budget While Keeping Up with Network Speed

Posted by Chris Bihary on 8/25/16 8:00 AM

Every security architect is facing the same problem today—pack more in-line security appliances into the stack on a limited budget.

However, the challenge goes deeper than simply adding DDoS protection to your existing intrusion prevention system (IPS).

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Topics: Network Infrastructure, Network Design, Network Security, Network Packet Brokers