In today’s connected world, businesses need to be online 24/7. As a result, it’s more critical than ever for network admins to consistently seek out and prevent disruptive network activity. This can be accomplished by adding a network TAP into the link.
A test access point—usually referred to as a “TAP”—is a device that’s temporarily or permanently inserted into a network segment so technicians can analyze the network traffic. A TAP interrupts the connection between a router and a switch—or 2 other networking devices—so the technician can leverage a tool to analyze the network traffic. It has access to both outgoing and incoming data streams and can transmit both at the same time. It can also combine the 2 data streams in real time without making any alterations to the data.
Although installing a TAP involves an initial breaking of the link, a TAP offers significant functionality that allows for in-depth monitoring of your network traffic with more integrity of entire packets to numerous devices.
Because you can see every packet of incoming and outgoing data, your network becomes completely visible. This enables you to analyze web server traffic, e-commerce, real-time communications, and VoIP. It also provides the insight you need to optimize network speed and performance.
A TAP has no impact on the network. It doesn’t alter any data—it simply makes copies of the incoming and outgoing data and sends those copies to the connected analytical tool or tools. The device has no MAC or IP address, so it’s invisible—plus, it can’t be hacked.
If you need to connect more than one monitoring or analytical tool, you can use the 2 monitoring ports on an aggregation TAP to transmit the copied data. For even more tools, you can leverage a combination of aggregation TAPS in SPAN/Regen mode and aggregation mode.
A network TAP is CALEA-approved because it can’t be hacked and ensures that all the copied data is received by the analytical or monitoring tool. This means that it’s more secure if you need to safeguard and prove an evidentiary chain of custody for legal purposes.
There are 6 types of TAPs:
For more than 40 years, USR has been providing hardware to ensure that businesses worldwide have dependable Internet access—and the company continues to lead the industry when it comes to developing new, high-performing solutions. What follows is a selection of their new TAPs:
Ensuring reliable, secure Internet access is critical for businesses around the globe. That’s why the SYNNEX Stellr team has partnered with USR to help you bring your customers the most cutting-edge TAPs available today. Please reach out to your SYNNEX sales representatives to learn more about USR’s new TAPs.