Bypass TAPs

Fail-safe Solution for High Availability

Bypass TAPs For Network Security Tool Failover

The increase in usage of inline security tools also increases the risk of network data loss or downtime when these tools fail or require maintenance. An external bypass TAP maintains high network availability by keeping traffic flowing on the network when inline tools suffer a failure. Through the use of heartbeat technology, the bypass TAP can immediately detect an issue with an inline tool, route traffic around the affected tool, and issue an alert to prompt action to resolve the problem.

Optical Bypass TAP

Fail-safe, Production Network Security

The IntellaFlex Optical Bypass TAP provides five fail-safe 1/10G optical bypass TAPs for inline security appliances as well as support for load balancing, appliance redundancy and advanced network monitoring.

Bypass Tap Switch Multiple Device Diagram

Protecting today’s network requires advanced security systems such as Intrusion Prevention (IPS), Data Loss Prevention (DLP) or WAN Acceleration appliances, however the complexity and maintenance of these systems can lower network availability. The IntellaFlex Optical Bypass TAP maintains high network availability by providing optical bypass when inline systems crash, degrade in performance, require security updates or need maintenance.

The five network bypass TAPs can connect up to seven inline appliances including load balancing and support for appliance redundancy. For example, a network could load balance traffic across multiple IPS security appliances, and if one system is down, the Optical Bypass TAP will automatically redistribute traffic across the remaining systems providing IPS appliance redundancy.

Bypass Switch in Network
ACI-3036-XR with ACI-3030-T05-1 Chassis

IntellaFlex Optical Bypass TAP Blade
ACI-3030-T05-M1 (Multimode Ports)
ACI-3030-T05-S1 (Single-mode Ports)

  • 5 optical bypass 1/10G switches
  • Fail-safe passive TAP in bypass mode
  • Supports up to 7 inline appliance
  • Load balancing supports redundancy
  • Heartbeat monitoring of appliance
  • Up to 14 monitoring tool ports
  • Monitor, Aggregate, Filter traffic

Copper Bypass TAP

Fail-safe Inline Protection for Network Monitoring

The IntellaFlex Copper Bypass TAP combines an inline fail-safe security solution and intelligent network monitoring in one appliance to protect traffic flows and increase visibility.

Today’s escalating security threats continue to drive network operations to incorporate more inline security devices such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and firewalls. Whenever any networking tool is connected in line, another possible point of failure is added. If the tool fails, it could result in significant network traffic loss and downtime.

The Copper Bypass TAP can be installed directly on the network and connected to any tool that receives live network traffic. The Copper Bypass TAP maintains high network availability by allowing traffic to flow unimpeded when inline security tools lose power, have a software failure, degrade in performance or require maintenance.

Load Balancing Supports Redundancy

With load balancing across multiple IPS security tools, if one system goes down, the Copper Bypass TAP will redistribute traffic across the remaining systems. This results in minimal loss of network traffic and recovery would be automatic.

Copper Bypass Tap Diagram

High Density Bypass TAP

APCON’s Copper Bypass TAP provides five individual bypass TAPs to connect up to five inline network security tools in a single standalone unit. The five TAPs operate independently allowing individual tools to be configured, maintained or removed without affecting operations of the remaining TAPs.

Remote Management

The WebXR graphical user interface lets the user monitor a bypass TAP, as well as the status of the attached tools and links. Changes can be implemented without having a technician on site. This is especially useful for updating security devices with the latest software updates and releases.

Copper Bypass Switch Product Photo

IntellaFlex Copper Bypass TAP Blade
ACI-3030-T05-C

  • Fail-safe monitoring of up to 5 inline tools
  • Five 100M/1G copper network ports paired to five 100M/1G/10G SFP appliance ports
  • Heartbeat detection and automatic failover recovery
  • Data aggregation, filtering and load balancing
  • WebXR graphical user interface for easy configuration and management
  • TintanXR for centralized management of multiple appliances

For more information or pricing on APCON's Optical and Copper Bypass Taps

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