Network TAPs

Broad, reliable access to 100 percent of the traffic on your network - the first step to pervasive visibility.

Understanding Network TAPs

A network tap is an external monitoring device that mirrors the traffic that is passing between network nodes. A tap (test access point) is a hardware device inserted at a specific point in the network to monitor specific data. As part of the Gigamon Platform, network TAPs provide the visibility required to secure, monitor and manage your enterprise network infrastructure continuously and efficiently.

Introduction to TAPs

Understanding network TAPs – the first step to visibility.


How do you decide which one to use?

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Passive optical TAPs

Passive optical TAPs are the ultimate source of truth for data in motion on the network because they create perfect copies of all traffic at full bandwidth. They require no power or management and do not actively interact with other components of the network. Gigamon offers several passive optical TAP solutions:

Passive Optical TAPs
Active Network TAPs

Active network TAPs

Active TAPs are used in networks where copper cabling or optical budgets do not allow for passive TAPs. In the event of a power failure, active TAPs have battery backup to keep them running and will send an alert to indicate the failure. A bypass TAP is a type of active TAP that also has a relay that closes when it loses power, maintaining the network connection and minimizing disruption to traffic. Gigamon's active network TAP solutions:

  • Active Network TAPs: G-TAP A Series
  • Embedded Tapping for 1Gb Copper: GigaVUE-HC1, GigaVUE-HC2
  • Embedded Bypass TAPs: GigaVUE-HC2

The Business Benefits of Gigamon

Learn about the benefits of improved visibility and network security in this Gigamon-commissioned study from Forrester.

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Active network TAPs

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High-density passive fiber optical TAPs

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Passive optical BiDi TAPs

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Embedded bypass TAPs: multi-purpose visibility

Gartner CARTA Strategic Report

Read this Gartner research note to learn why visibility through a continuous adaptive risk and trust assessment (CARTA) approach is critical to securing digital business.

Traffic Intelligence: GigaSMART

Extend the intelligence and value of your network TAPs with GigaSMART.

Centralized Management

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See More: Traffic Aggregators

Aggregate and optimize network traffic from TAPs and SPANs across your network.

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