Network TAPs

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Understanding Network TAPs

Network TAPs are stand-alone devices that make a mirror copy of all of the traffic that flows between two network end-points (nodes). This can then be output to various network tools, while the live traffic continues to pass through the network. 

TAPs (test access points) are independent of the network, meaning that they are fully configurable. This allows complex packet manipulation to be performed by security and/or performance tools.

TAPs are the foundation of Smart Network Access, maintaining total visibility across your security and monitoring platforms without compromise.

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Intelligent Hybrid TAPs

Granular architecture for greater control and security at scale. Each Network Critical component is its own hybrid TAP/Packet Broker. This unique ground-up architecture allows entirely local processing for highly granular traffic control and the ultimate in isolated security, regardless of scale. And because it’s built into the Network Critical design - not part of premium offerings - every organization benefits.

Active Ethernet TAPs

Active TAPs are the ultimate enabler for real-time network threat detection and mitigation, allowing for more complex inline monitoring and reactive response. Active TAPs feature robust fail-safe mechanisms to protect the live network traffic from disruption. Network Critical offers several Active TAP solutions including:

Passive Fiber TAPs

Passive TAPs provide the ultimate visibility into network activity by accurately duplicating all traffic at 100% bandwidth while remaining invisible to all other network components. Passive TAPs require no management, and cause no latency to the live network.

Network Critical offers several Passive TAP solutions including:

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AGGREGATING TAPs

Aggregate SPAN/TAP traffic feeds across multiple network links, filtering, optimizing and feeding the combined traffic to connected security and monitoring tools for further analysis

FILTERING TAPs

Identify traffic based on signature or patterns across any part of the packet - or corresponding to application sessions - and forward to security appliances, increasing their efficacy and performance.

LOAD-BALANCING TAPs

Distribute traffic among multiple ports based on a variety of options: hashing, bandwidth, cumulative traffic, packet rate, connections, and more.

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