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The 101 Series: Network Packet Brokers

Understanding and maintain control of your network is a constant, uphill battle. With the increase in network virtualization, BYOD, and growing number of security threats, network monitoring is more important than ever.  It’s well documented that the foundation of any good visibility fabric comes from using network Test Access Points (TAPs), but then where does all that TAP’d traffic go? The answer should be, to a Network Packet Broker.
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The 101 Series: Fiber Polarity

on 4/24/18 8:00 AM By | Jerry Dillard | 0 Comments | Network TAPs The 101 Series
In our 101 network TAP series, we have explained the functionality of the various different types of network TAPs as well as some key features.  Now we’re going to take a closer look at fiber optics with a focus on fiber polarity.
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The 101 Series: Filtering TAPs

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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The 101 Series: Passive Network TAPs

on 10/5/17 8:00 AM By | Jerry Dillard | 0 Comments | Network TAPs The 101 Series
Companies that are using network monitoring tools – be they for analyzing security threats, packet flow or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) – all have one thing in common. They need to ensure that those applications have access to 100% of the traffic flowing through the network. If they can’t see all the data, they just can’t operate as designed. So what’s your best bet?
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The 101 Series: Active Network TAPs—Where, When and How

on 9/14/17 8:00 AM By | Jerry Dillard | 0 Comments | Network TAPs The 101 Series
Because network connectivity is critical to any security or network monitoring project, people are always asking us which network TAP is right for them.  In a recent post, we discussed the ins and outs of passive network TAPs which are typically paired with out-of-band monitoring solutions.     Today, we’ll take an in-depth look at active network TAPs and see where, when and how they fit into a complete visibility strategy.    
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The 101 Series: Link Failure Propagation and High Availability

on 8/29/17 8:00 AM By | George Bouchard | 0 Comments | Network Infrastructure Network Design The 101 Series
Many customers that we talk to have more than one Internet connection at their facility. Referred to as a high availability (HA) scenario, this active/active or active/passive link setup ensures customers that when the primary link goes down (because it will fail at some point), traffic can automatically be forced to the secondary link. The following graphic is a basic illustration of how link failure propagation works.
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