A network TAP (test access point) is an external monitoring device that mirrors the traffic that is passing between network nodes. It can be a hardware device or a virtual (G-vTAP) agent inserted at a strategic point in the network or public and private cloud to monitor specific data.
As part of the Gigamon Visibility and Analytics Fabric™, network TAP technology provides access to the traffic required to secure, monitor and manage your network infrastructure continuously and efficiently. Network TAPs are the first step in the process to provide pervasive visibility across the physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure.
TAPs acquire data and forward it to the Gigamon Visibility and Analytics Fabric (physical nodes) or V Series (virtual nodes) for aggregation, filtering and application of traffic intelligence before distributing the data to the network and security tools.