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APCON's Copper Bypass TAP Keeps Traffic Flowing


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Copper Bypass TAP Appliance, a fail-safe security and traffic visibility solution, supports five inline network security tools

APCON, a leading provider of intelligent network visibility and security solutions, announced the expansion of its product portfolio to include Copper Bypass TAP appliances, which provide fail-safe inline protection for network monitoring tools.

With a growing number of inline security tools being installed, there is a risk that a tool fails and it could cause network downtime and loss of data. The Copper Bypass TAP appliance combines fail-safe access ports for inline security tools, to protect networks from a single point of failure, and advanced visibility features to send traffic of interest to external monitoring tools.

In normal mode, traffic flows through the Copper Bypass TAP appliance before it travels through the security tool and back onto the network. The Copper Bypass TAP automatically detects a tool failure through the insertion of heartbeat packets into network traffic. The Copper Bypass TAP continuously monitors the attached tools. If the expected number of heartbeat packets are not returned, it assumes that a failover condition has occurred. The Copper Bypass TAP quickly switches to bypass mode and, in doing so, enables traffic to continue to flow on the network link. 

“As organizations worldwide experience an escalation of security threats, it’s critical that monitoring operations are continuous and not interrupted, even if there’s a power loss or software failure of network monitoring devices,” said Richard Rauch, president and CEO of APCON. “When the Copper Bypass TAP detects the failure of an attached security tool, it can automatically redistribute the traffic across other attached tools to maintain security monitoring.”

For more than 25 years, APCON has consistently delivered smart, stable and scalable technology solutions that provide an unparalleled level of confidence to service providers and businesses seeking total data center visibility and security. Its customers range from midsize companies to Fortune 1000 enterprises in more than 40 countries. APCON assures superior network monitoring while supporting traffic analysis and streamlined network management and security.

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