Network Visibility Solutions are defined as a special class of test tools that are designed to provide both visibility and access into today’s high-speed, Enterprise Grade Networks. A comprehensive Network Performance Monitoring solutions must eliminate dangerous blind-spots with end-to-end visibility into Physical, Virtual, and SDN Networks of any size and scope.
Network Taps usually provide the lowest level of visibility. Taps are primarily used to optimize IT’s ability to easily and passively monitor a network link. They are normally placed between any two network devices, including switches, routers, and firewalls to provide network and security personnel a connection for monitoring devices. Taps are used for troubleshooting and offer continuous, nondisruptive network access.
Protocol analyzers, RMON probes and intrusion detection and prevention systems can now be easily connected to and removed from the network when needed. By using a tap, you also eliminate the need to schedule downtime to run cabling directly to the monitoring device from network devices, thus saving time and eliminating possible cabling issues.
Any monitoring device connected to a tap receives the same traffic as if it were inline, including all errors. This is achieved as the tap duplicates all traffic on the link and forwards it to the monitoring ports. Taps do not introduce delay, nor alter the content or structure of the data. They also fail open so that traffic continues to flow between network devices in the event a monitoring device is removed or power to the device is lost.
Ixia’s NetOptics Division invented the tap. They’re still the industry leaders in taps of all rates, sizes, and optical specifications. Ixia’s acqusition of Anue Systems several years ago brought an entire family of aggregation switches (sometimes called Packet Brokers) into Ixia’s portfolio. Ixia continues to lead in technological advances in Visibility today. The latest of the Aggregation products have evolved into inline appliances that contain fully functional packet inspection engines to make the job of choosing a “needle in a haystack” effective across entire networks and all the way up the ISO stack to layer 7.
Cubro is an independent provider of tools developed for intelligent network visibility solutions that monitor, manage and deliver end-to-end visibility. We reliably handle network traffic from 2 Mbit to 100 Gbit, including OSI layer 1 to layer 7. Service providers, private network operators, data centers and government organizations depend on Cubro to provide top quality products and solutions. We support data center virtualization, security, monitoring, and lawful interception applications.
Cubro successfully implements economic and flexible solutions to help customers manage their network with minimum effort. Cubro manufactures a full line of taps, network packet brokers, layer 1 network devices and regeneration units.
Cubro is a relatively new player in the US Market, but offers an extremely cost-effective solution without sacrificing performance or quality. If you haven’t considered Cubro, it’s time you took a closer look.