A network TAP (test, terminal, or traffic access point) is fundamental to acquiring network traffic. As part of the Gigamon Deep Observability Pipeline, Gigamon network TAP technology provides access to the traffic required to secure, monitor and manage your network infrastructure continuously and efficiently. TAPs are the first step in the process of gaining consistent visibility across your physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures, and each tapped link assures access to 100 percent of your network traffic.
In physical networks, a network TAP is deployed in a network link connected between the interfaces of two network elements, like switches or routers, and is treated as part of the infrastructure. In the virtual world, network TAP deployment varies depending on the environment.
Network TAPs are generally more effective, efficient and reliable than switch port analyzer (SPAN) ports. To learn more, read our TAP vs SPAN white paper.
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Passive fiber-optical network TAPs create identical copies of all network traffic at full bandwidth. They do not require power or management and do not actively interact with other components on the network.
Gigamon passive optical network TAP solutions include economical, high-density network TAPs: G-TAP® M Series, including for Cisco BiDi links.
Active network TAP devices (also called ‘ethernet TAPs’) are used in networks where copper Ethernet or fiber optical technologies do not allow for passive TAPs. Just like passive TAPs, active network TAPs create identical copies of all network traffic at full bandwidth. However, active network TAPs require their own power source to regenerate signals. In the event of a power failure, active network TAPs include a battery backup to keep them up and running, automatically sending an alert to indicate the power failure. Copper active TAPs also have a relay that closes when the device loses power, thereby maintaining the network connection and minimizing traffic disruption.
Gigamon active network TAP solutions include:
When native packet mirroring is not an option, virtual network TAPs (vTAPs) are used in network function virtualization (NFV) and in private and public cloud infrastructures to gain access to East-West and North-South traffic within the hosting environment. Depending on the virtual machine or container technology in use, different tapping functions are available.
Gigamon offers four light-weight vTAP solutions for traffic acquisition within the GigaVUE® Cloud Suite:
Key benefits include:
Bypass TAPs are used in copper and fiber Ethernet networks for supporting inline security, which redirects all network traffic passing between network devices to inline applications such as intrusion prevention systems (IPS), web application firewalls (WAF), email gateways (GW) or wide area network (WAN) optimization devices. A bypass TAP is typically a hardware device, inserted at a strategic point in the network — usually at a private or trusted network’s perimeter — to manage or secure all or specific data communications.
All bypass TAPs also include a relay that closes during a power failure, maintaining network connectivity and performance while minimizing traffic disruption.
Gigamon bypass TAP solutions are an embedded capability within the GigaVUE HC Series of visibility nodes.
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