Connectivity 101: Understanding the Network TAP

It’s not uncommon for network engineers to accommodate security and monitoring tools that only have one NIC card or input port.

However, lawful intercept and more advanced threat defence systems require access to multiple points in a network to be able to see patterns. When this situation arises, an aggregation TAP is often the best solution.

Configured correctly, aggregation TAPs can merge eastbound and westbound traffic flow and send it to the attached monitoring device via a single port. Aggregation TAPs can also operate as a more standard breakout TAP if you are concerned with utilisation giving greater flexibility.

Download our Network TAPs 101 guide to find out how to setup an aggregation TAP or for more information about other TAP modes including:

  • Filtration TAPs
  • Replication TAPs
  • The Bypass TAP
  • Media Changing TAPs
  • Passive vs Active TAPs
  • Passive Network TAPs
  • Managing Connectivity
  • Engineering End-to-End Visibility

VCW Security Announces Distribution Deal with Garland Technology

VCW has announced a distribution agreement with Garland Technology, the leading provider of network access technology solutions. Under this new agreement, VCW Security will act as a key distributor for Garland’s passive fibre network Test Access Points (TAPs) and network packet broker solutions across the UK.

“Partnering with VCW Security is a key part of our international growth strategy and will provide resellers with access to effective tools to help manage the new generation of high speed networks,” commented Chris Bihary, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Garland Technology. “Our network TAPs ensure all the data feeds the solution, whether it be SDN, security or network monitoring.”

Garland Technology ensures complete network visibility by delivering a full platform of network access products including passive fibre TAPs, copper TAPs, aggregator and regeneration TAPs, filtering TAPs, bypass TAP, as well as advanced aggregators and network packet broker devices.

Commenting on the agreement, VCW Security added:  “We are excited about partnering with Garland Technology which provides industry-leading tools that help solve challenges regarding uptime and network monitoring. Garland Technology’s SDN network TAPs for 10G, 40G and 100G environments provide 100% visibility in real-time, allowing organisations to improve network performance, security, and effectiveness.”

Garland’s passive fibre optical TAPs and network packet broker solutions provide end-to-end visibility for bare metal SDN deployments and integrate with open networking systems.  The comprehensive range also includes active, in-line TAPs to feed security tools, featuring Garland’s hybrid bypass TAPs with packet broker functionality which supports filtering, aggregating and load balancing.  Garland’s network TAPs enable organisations to see every bit, byte and packet.