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The 101 Series: Bypass Network TAPs Keepers of the Critical Link

Posted by George Bouchard on 3/28/17 8:00 AM

There are some great network tools on the market that provide protection for your organization's operations on the Internet. The problem with using them is that they can do the unthinkable by introducing a potential “point of failure” when inserted directly into the path of the Critical Link.

The Bypass TAP was developed specifically to resolve the problem of an in band security appliance causing a “point of failure”.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Network Management, The 101 Series

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

The 101 Series: A Primer On Network TAPs

Posted by George Bouchard on 1/31/17 8:00 AM

When the subject of Test Access Points or Traffic Access Point (most commonly referred to as a network TAP) comes up, the image that may come up in people’s mind is a device that taps into the network to allow a copy of the traffic to be sent to an analyzer.  

And, on a very basic level this is true. So many people dismiss TAPs as simple ways to gain access to their network traffic for analysis.

The truth is, the subjects of network TAPs is quite complex, read on to learn about the six different network TAP designs.

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Topics: Network TAPs, The 101 Series

[eBook] The 101 on Network TAPs - the Definative Guide

Posted by Randy Clark on 1/24/17 8:00 AM

As a sales leader, my day is filled with training and educating resellers, network professionals and new Garland team members on the different types of network TAPs available. Depending on who I'm talking with, the conversation can be an overview of how TAPs work, the variety of functions performed by TAPs and what network scenarios network TAPs are commonly used with.

I discovered early on, that there weren't any resources for network TAP training and teamed up with our engineers and experts to create a blog series called The 101 on Network TAPs. The blog series has been so successful, we took excerpts of the key learning concepts and created a comprehensive TAP training guide.

Today, I'm pleased to introduce our new eBook, The 101 on Network TAPs - The Networking Users Guide, this is a definitive guide explaining the same concepts I explain everyday.

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Topics: Network TAPs, The 101 Series

The 101 Series: Quick Connect Tips for Out-of-Band Monitoring Appliances

Posted by George Bouchard on 11/15/16 10:25 AM

Active in-line appliances are on the front-lines of your network, but out-of-band monitoring devices are just as important to your overall network visibility and security. Your out-of-band monitoring devices might include application performance monitoring, Wireshark, network analyzers, lawful intercept and deep packet inspection.

In this post, we’ll discuss the keys to ensuring 100% network access for your out-of-band monitoring appliances that analyze your network traffic.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Network Visibility/Monitoring, The 101 Series