Access Vital Network Data Using Taps (and Why They're Better than SPAN Ports)
Tap Into Higher PerformanceThe Ixia Net Optics family of taps provides 100% visibility into your network. Wherever monitoring capabilities are needed (and they're needed everywhere), simply connect the device to a tap to avoid taking down entire links or interrupting traffic. Taps pass all network traffic—including Layers 1 and 2 errors—without introducing bottlenecks or points of failure. Net Optics solutions support copper, and multimode and single mode fiber at speeds up to 100Gbps. Fast and reliable, taps prove more effective than SPAN ports that may add delay and consume valuable resources while failing to scale or pass all valuable traffic to monitoring tools.
Taps vs Span: Total Visibility Anywhere
Network TAPs provide the details that SPAN ports don’t.NETWORKS ARE GROWING FASTER THAN EVERIn 2016, Gartner estimates there are 6.4 billion connected things, with that number expected to grow to 20.8 billion by 2020.* This means exponentially more and more complex trac. When complexity goes up, visibility needs to go up. You need to see EVERYTHING in your network.
Why Are Taps Critical To Network
IT managers have a nearly impossible job. They must understand, manage, and secure the network all the time against all problems. Anything less than a 100 percent working network is a failure. As the network grows larger, visibility becomes harder as blind spots creep into the network. These blind spots, or the inability to completely see what is happening on the network, can compromise network quality. Taps provide an unobtrusive way to capture network monitoring data and begin the process of removing blind spots. Taps are used to help IT groups easily and passively monitor all network data. They are normally placed between any two network devices, including switches, routers, and firewalls. This provides continuous, nondisruptive network access to monitor devices and troubleshoot problems. Eliminating the need to take down links and interrupt traffic, taps simplify how network monitoring and security devices are connected to and removed from the network. Any monitoring device connected to a tap receives all inline traffic. The tap duplicates all traffic on the link and forwards it to the monitoring ports. Taps do not introduce delay, or alter the content or structure of the data. They also “fail open.” Traffic continues to flow between network devices in the event a monitoring device is removed or power is lost.
Taps Vs. SPAN: Taps Provide Full Visibility into Network Data
Don’t let the details prevent you from seeing the big picture. But what if the details ARE the big picture? This video describes how taps are a better choice than SPAN ports to help IT groups easily and passively monitor a network data.
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Advanced cyber threats, cloud computing, and exploding traffic volume pose significant challenges if you are responsible for your organization’s network security and performance management. The concept of ‘network visibility’ is frequently introduced as the key to improvement. But what exactly is network visibility and how does it help an organization keep its defenses strong and optimize performance? This e-book, presented in the straight-forward style of the For Dummies series, describes the concept from the ground up. Download this guide to learn how to use a visibility foundation to access all the relevant traffic moving through your organization anddeliver the information you need to protect and maximize customer experience.
Ixia Visibility for the Enterprise Brochure
Are users complaining “the network is slow?” Or “Skype isn’t working?” Is your security team chasing too many false positives? Will your data center investment produce the return on investment (ROI) your executive e-staff expects? Stronger applications, tighter security, and higher returns on your IT investment all hinge on being able to see inside your network. Only with total visibility across your physical and virtual networks can your teams—and your tools—make exactly the right decisions at exactly the right time.
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If you operate a network, connect to the Internet, or run cloud-based applications, you are likely already benefitting from Ixia® technology. The world’s leading enterprises and networking manufacturers trust us to assure success during every phase of the technology lifecycle. And so can you. Ixia offers the proven solutions and expertise you need to ensure your IT and security investments perform as expected—before and after you plug them in, roll them out, or turn them on.
White Paper: Top 6 Considerations When Purchasing Network Taps
Network visibility and data access to your traffic ensure that your network runs efficiently. A network tap (Test Access Port) is an inexpensive and permanent access port used throughout the network to enable monitoring and analysis without interrupting data transmission. There are many benefits for choosing a network tap solution instead of diverting data with a port connection on a switch. With so many network taps available on the market, choosing the right tap provides significant savings. For example, did you know that signal loss and degradation may result in thousands spent for additional cable roll-outs in data centers? Ensure you have the best technology and value for your deployment by understanding the key differences in network taps.
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White Paper: IxVision Eliminating Visibility and Security Blind Spots
Every business relies on critical applications that are connected in some way. Business customers and users simply expect anytime, anywhere access to all these applications. IT’s challenge is to make sure the infrastructure that delivers these critical applications is reliable, fast andsecure. But this level of reliability, performance, and security can be a real challenge. It requires changes to the way IT monitors, manages, and ultimately controls the infrastructure used in application delivery.
Solution Brief: Taps vs SPAN
IT managers have a nearly impossible job. They must understand, manage, and secure the network all the time against all problems. Anything less than a 100 percent working network is a failure. There is a very familiar saying: Don’t miss the forest for the trees. Meaning don’t let the details prevent you from seeing the big picture. But what if the details ARE the big picture? Today’s IT managers can’t miss the forest OR the trees!