Collapse & Return to Top
Networks have evolved, and so have the solutions used to keep them up and running smoothly. Today’s IT professionals, who historically were primarily responsible for layer 2 and 3 switching and routing issues, are also concerned with application performance, network security and regulatory compliance. To support the network and effectively manage all these issues and concerns, network engineers and managers utilize a variety of support solutions: network management and monitoring systems, network analyzers, application analyzers, security probes, packet recorders and handheld testers. A common technique for improving the return and effectiveness of these solutions is to leverage network taps for increased visibility, manageability and flexibility.
An inline network Tap is an alternative to a port mirror. An inline Tap connects directly into a network link between two network devices. The Tap does not actively participate in network switching, bridging or routing. As traffic passes through the Tap, a copy is forwarded to a monitoring port(s). Connectivity is maintained between devices even if power is removed from the Tap. Unlike a port mirror, a Tap will not drop traffic due to Ethernet switch congestion, it is easier to configure and is more secure.